About the fund
Museums and the communities they serve are facing significant financial challenges and MGS is responding to this by repurposing its grant funding for the rest of the financial year. Rather than continuing to offer our Small Grants Fund and Museum Development Fund, we are inviting Accredited museums to apply to a single Resilience Fund.
Grants of between £1,500 and £50,000 will be available for projects that will directly increase the resilience of Accredited museums by enabling them to:
- reduce costs
- increase income
- support their communities
Because of the potential to reduce costs in the long term and to achieve positive impact in response to the climate emergency, applications to implement energy efficiency measures will be prioritised.
We are looking for cohesive proposals where you can clearly articulate the difference the funded activity will make to your financial situation and community role. You should supply evidence to support the approach you are proposing and reasonable projections and figures for impact, with timeframes for these results. Proposals that are a “wish list” of improvements without a clear rationale of how these will directly increase overall resilience are unlikely to be successful.
We expect all projects to be delivered within one year of the award and will prioritise those that are likely to provide the most immediate, positive impact. However, we understand that capital projects for energy efficiency may take longer and will be flexible around dates for those projects.
It is important to read the following guidance carefully and then contact the MGS Grants Team to discuss proposals before starting to complete the online application. Please note the deadlines shown below for registering your interest. If you do not do this, we will not be able to accept your application.
Things we can’t fund
- Existing staff costs, other overheads, full cost recovery or management fees
- Collections acquisitions
- Costs incurred prior to the date of any award offer from us
- Contingency exceeding 10%
Who can apply for this funding?
Any organisation that runs an Accredited Museum in Scotland can apply.
We will accept applications for partnership work where the majority of the project benefits will be for Accredited museums. These applications can be accepted from:
- Organisations running an Accredited museum in Scotland applying on behalf of a partnership or network; or
- Non-Accredited organisations working in partnership with Accredited museums in Scotland and where the main benefit of the project will be for Accredited Museums
We define partnerships as:
- An agreed relationship between two or more organisations with a shared vision who gain mutual benefit from working together to achieve common goals.
Arrangements where one organisation is being paid to deliver a service to another are not regarded as partnerships. We will expect to see a formal partnership agreement.
- You can apply for between £1,500 and £50,000
- You can apply for 100% of the total cost, although we are keen to see a financial contribution wherever possible to ensure that limited funds can support as many museums as possible.
When to apply
The fund will be open for applications from 24 October 2022. Please note that there is a mandatory expression of interest stage. If you do not register your interest by the deadlines shown here we will not be able to accept your application.
||Expression of interest deadline
||5pm 17 November 2022
||5pm 28 November 2022
||13 January 2023
||5pm 19 January 2023
||5pm 30 January 2023
||17 March 2023
How to apply
Once you have read this guidance carefully, you must contact the MGS Grants Team to register your intention to apply no later than the expression of interest deadlines shown above. They will be able to give advice on the suitability of your proposal and how to make your case for funding. You should email firstname.lastname@example.org giving a very brief indication of how much you intend to apply for, for what purpose and flagging any specific queries you have. A member of the grants team will then get in touch either with a direct response to your proposal and queries or to arrange a telephone call to discuss further.
Applicants must complete their application on MGS Online. Please note that you do not have to complete the application in one sitting; you can save the application form and come back to it later to complete it.
A PDF version of the application form is available in the “Supporting documents” section below. This is for guidance only, so you can see what questions you will have to answer before starting the online form, all applications must be submitted online.
We will assess your application against the following criteria, using them to make our decisions about who to fund in what we expect to be competitive rounds. It is therefore important that applicants seek to make as strong a case as they can against each of these. The application form contains guidance under each question about the kinds of things we are looking for in your response. Please read this carefully; it is advice about how to make your case as strong as possible in relation to these criteria and applicants who do not use this advice are unlikely to be successful.
- Need: both for the work you propose to carry out and your need for financial support to deliver it.
- Impact: the demonstrable difference the project will make to your financial resilience and your community, taking into account how quickly any impact will be delivered and backed by specific information about the potential income generation, cost savings and/or community benefit that could be achieved.
- Deliverability: projects must be well planned and costed. Your action plan should clearly show that all elements of the project, including evaluation, have been covered and that you have sufficient resource to deliver every element. Your budget should be supported by quotes or other confirmation of prices. You may include up to 10% contingency.
- Environmental impact: even if your project is not about creating energy efficiencies, we still expect you to consider the carbon and other environmental cost of delivering your activity and to reduce this wherever possible.