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Family Friendly is a grants programme which encourages museums to develop their offer for children, families and young people, using the Kids in Museum manifesto as a development tool.

The grants enable museums to make their galleries, cafes, facilities, activities, marketing and social media more family friendly and accessible.
The programme for 2024-25 is being generously funded by Art Fund.


Year Three April 2024 - March 2025 Grants

NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Closing date for applications: by 5.00pm on Monday 8 July 2024

Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.

The second year of MDL’s Family Friendly Grants is now open for applications. MDL has £4,000 (8 grants of £500) to allocate to London’s non-national, non-NPO museums in 2024-2025. This year’s programme will enable museums to use the Kids in Museums Manifesto as a development tool and create a more permanent welcoming offer to children, families and young people by March 2025.

Is the Family Friendly Programme grant for you?

Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions? Do you want ...

  • - To offer a more permanent welcoming offer to children, families and young people?
  • - To make your gallery spaces, cafés and facilities more family friendly and accessible for all?
  • - To work with children, families and or young people to improve your events, displays, exhibitions, marketing and/or social media platforms?
  • - To improve and increase engagement to your children, family and young people events and activities planned for any School Holidays until March 2025?
  • - Your museum to be a great place to visit for children, families and young people?

If so, MDL would welcome an application and encourage your museum to apply to our Family Friendly Programme Grants for 2024-2025.

Timescale: Projects will need to be completed by Sunday 9 March 2025

Information: More information on eligibility as well as the type of projects the grants programme will support can be found in the Guidance for Applicants (opens in new window as a pdf file, 310 Kb)

How to apply: please complete and return our Application Form (Word document download, 1,076 Kb), along with any supporting documents to [email protected]

Deadline: no later than 5.00pm on Monday 8 July 2024

Queries: any questions or would like to discuss your museum’s project or eligibility for the programme, please email Rachael Crofts, MDO Audiences or tel: 07540 122540


Previous years: Year 2, April 2023 - March 2024 Grants

In May 2023, MDL launched the Year Two Family Friendly Grants. These grants enabled museums to create a more permanent welcoming offer to children, families and young people.

MDL funded the following museums:

Charles Dickens Museum
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Freud Museum
Jozef Pilsudski Institute of London
Kingston Museum
Museum of Richmond
Museum of the Order of St John
Society of Antiquaries

Projects were completed in March 2024. MDL will shortly be sharing detailed case studies of the completed projects.

Previous years: Year 1, April 2019 – March 2020 Grants

In March 2019, MDL launched the Year One of Family Friendly Grants. These grants enabled museums to create a more permanent welcoming offer to children, families and young people.

MDL funded the following museums:

Association of Anaesthetists (Anaesthetists' Heritage Centre)
Brent Museum and Archives
Bruce Castle Museum
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
John Wesley’s House and the Museum of Methodism
London Museum of Water and Steam
The Musical Museum
Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
The William Morris Society (Kelmscott House)

All projects were completed between June 2019 and February 2020, You can find a summary of the projects we funded between April 2019 – March 2020 here (PDF 1.44MB, opens in new tab).