Re-Opening and Recovery

Museums Re-Opening and Museums Recovery Grants programmes

We are aware that many London Museums are now planning whether and when to re-open. There will be considerable challenges both in terms of ensuring that appropriate measures, equipment and training are in place for a safe re-opening. There may also be a need to re-model audience profiles and business plans to address the ‘new normal’ post-Covid world.

We are therefore launching two grants programmes designed to support museums towards sustainable re-opening, both of which are now open for applications. If you have any questions about either of these grant opportunities please get in touch with Yvette Shepherd, MDO Organisational Health tel: 078 4120 6864.

Museums Re-Opening Grants programme (£15K)

Please note slightly revised criteria below. Rolling programme, final applications to be received by: 02 November 2020. This light touch grants programme will provide small grants from £500 - £2000 to enable museums to:
  • Support activity to assess risks, viability of and readiness for reopening
  • Purchase materials and equipment to support their restart activities
  • Support the health and wellbeing of the paid, and volunteer, workforce through to recovery

Download the full Museums Re-Opening Grant guidance (PDF 65kb, opens in new tab). Download a Museums Re-Opening Grant application form (Word Doc 79kb, opens in new tab).

Museums Recovery Grants programme (£20k) supported by the Art Fund

Deadline for applications to the programme has been extended:
12.00 noon on Tuesday 01 September 2020

This programme, generously supported by the Art Fund, is designed to help museums analyse and assess their current position and to identify priorities for activity to support post Covid recovery through a short, facilitated self-assessment process. Further to self-assessment and analysis 4 museum recovery grants of up to £5,000 will be available to successful participants to help them to:

  • stretch thinking by helping museums to evaluate alternative futures and carry out appropriate research e.g. audience research to address post Covid re-opening, finding new ways to connect to their communities
  • innovate and pilot new ways of working for organisations – (it doesn’t have to be new idea but does need to be a first for the organisation) e.g. developing new approaches to digital working
  • explore new and exciting partnerships e.g. with arts and cultural organisations, community organisations and charities
  • take a risk or try something new in order to address the need to revise the visitor experience, in the light of post Covid changes to visitor behaviour, or to raise the profile of the organisation

Applicants are required to ensure approaches address equality and accessibility. Download the full Museums Recovery Grant guidance (PDF 643kb, opens in new tab). Download the Museums Recovery Grant application form (Word Doc 72kb, downloads in window).