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A range of grants are offered to help support development of collections, services, staff and volunteers.
The context for many of our 2018-22 programmes is provided by key national strategies and policy priorities. Some of the five goals of the ACE 10-year strategic framework, Great Art and Culture for Everyone express public and political expectations upon museums, and the consequent pressure upon them to reach an increasing number and increasing diversity of audiences in ever more innovative ways. To support museums to respond to these changes, we are running a number of brand new programmes, for instance, Diversity Matters, Measuring Up and Family Friendly. The continuation of many of our key resilience programmes meanwhile, for instance Survive and Thrive and Strong and Safe, reflect an observation in the government’s 2017 Mendoza Review of the English museums sector that internal strengthening and improvement is required if museums are to respond effectively to the above external expectations.