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Fund the Future 2023-24:

Income Generation Micro-consultancies Programme

There is no escaping the fact that our museums’ budgets look very different to three years ago. The income generation strategies that worked before Covid can no longer be assumed to work in a post-pandemic, mid-cost-of-living-crisis world.

Are you worried that money's going out faster than it’s coming in?
You know change is needed but what does the right strategy look like for your museum?

Building on the success of last year’s Fund the Future programme, we’re giving 4 museums in 2023-24 the chance to work with a specialist consultant to give you the support you need to create bespoke, realistic plans to improve your income generation performance.

Working with David Burgess of Apollo Fundraising, the successful museums will receive an independent audit of their current strategy and performance; recommendations as to potential new sources of income appropriate to their work; and an action plan setting out the steps needed to maximise their income generation potential.

As well as providing museums with a roadmap to greater financial sustainability, these ‘micro consultancies’ will include 3 months of support, ensuring the museums have the skills and confidence to turn these plans in to action.

Timescale: The micro-consultancies will run from July 2023 until the end of February 2024

Details: information on eligibility can be found in the Guidance for Applicants (pdf 183Kb, opens in new window)

To apply: please complete and return this Application Form (Word document 65Kb, opens in new window), along with any supporting documents to the [email protected]

Deadline: no later than 5.00pm on Monday 26 June 2023. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted

Queries: If you have any questions about these grants please email Yvette Shepherd, MDO Organisational Health on [email protected] or phone her on 078 4120 6864

Case studies of the 2022-23 programme will appear on this page shortly.