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Funding to Support Engagement with Museum Collections during the Coronavirus (UK)

In response to the difficulties facing museums due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has made some changes to its funding provision by diverting £350,000 to a new type of small grant, Sustaining Engagement with Collections.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to be spent within a year on quick turnaround, experimental projects which allow organisations to explore different ways to support engagement with collections while physical access is not available and to put museums in a stronger position when they reopen.

This might include digital research and development, or the hiring of an expert to help build a stronger profile and following.

This is a one-off funding round with a quick turnaround that has been developed to complement other funding streams, in particular those from Art Fund and the NLHF Digital Skills for Heritage.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 26th May 2020.

Successful applicants will be informed week commencing the 15th June 2020.

Applicants should first read the Sustaining Engagement with Collections Guidance for Applicants and to discuss their idea with the team before applying:

Sally Colvin, Programmes Manager:, 020 7566 7851  

Sarah Briggs, Collections Development Officer:, 020 7566 7834


Useful Links:

Guidance & Application Form

11th May 2020