Fund Opens To Support Civic And University Museums As Deadline Approaches For Recovery And Resilience Fund
Today Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) announces the opening of a new COVID-19 Museum Development Fund. It will be open to organisations that manage Accredited museums that have not been eligible for the Recovery and Resilience Fund – civic (local authority and ALEO run museums) and university museums, and will enable them to carry out projects that respond to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be two rounds of funding, closing on 13 November 2020 and 5 February 2021.
Since August the Recovery and Resilience Fund has been open to independent museums, as sector feedback showed that they faced the most immediate financial uncertainty. MGS has directly contacted all eligible museums in Scotland and urges them to apply before the 30th October deadline for independent museums. Applications are being assessed on a rolling basis.
MGS is also calling for details from Scotland’s museums and galleries on how they are managing in the current circumstances. The evidence gathered through a new survey will be crucial in informing discussions with the Scottish Government around immediate funding requirements and the future of the sector as it adapts to the effects of the pandemic.
Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:
“We are pleased to open the COVID-19 Museum Development Fund to civic and university museums. The fund will enable them to continue, or restart, their important work in communities through engagement, activities, and as spaces of inspiration and reflection. Museums and galleries are reacting to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic with innovative and resourceful plans to strengthen their resilience and adapt to a changing situation. We are here to support them.
To further our support for the sector we need an accurate understanding of the pressures facing museums and how these are evolving. We are deeply concerned about the financial uncertainty faced by the civic museums sector, in particular, but also the sector as a whole. The information gathered from our Emerging from Lockdown survey will allow us to continue to make the case for them, and all parts of the sector who need support, and will inform discussions around budgets for next financial year.”
The Emerging to Lockdown survey is open to all museums and galleries in Scotland until 19th October. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R7N9CFR.
NOTES TO EDITORS
- Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector. For further information about Museums Galleries Scotland visit www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/about-us/
- COVID-19 Museum Development Fund This project fund has been opened for Accredited Scottish museums that have NOT been eligible for the Recovery & Resilience Fund. With awards of up to £60,000 it will enable these organisations to undertake projects that will help them to build their resilience and start to address some of the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. More information at https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/covid-19-museum-development-fund/