Strong and Safe

The ongoing precarious state of local authority finance is a particular concern in London. Most of the museums it supports are in the outer suburbs – the very part of the capital which available data still suggests has the lowest levels of museum and broader cultural engagement. We will, therefore, also be continuing our Strong and Safe resilience programme for local authority-funded museum and archive services.

At the current time the 2018-22 programme has not been finalised but is likely to again feature specialist training and grants to encourage services to explore new ways of working.Museum and archive services are often jointly located or managed within London local authorities, and the programme will remain open to both sectors. Repeat funding means that, for year 1 at least, this will continue as an Museum Development Officer-run, National Archives-funded programme.

Strong & Safe grants, 2018-19
Applications open Monday 11 June, closing deadline Monday 23 July 2018

This grant fund provides funding for projects from London local authority supported museum and archive services that clearly link to forward planning and organisational priorities. A quick diagnostic (Excel 28kb, opens in new tab) is provided to help you to determine your organisational priorities as part of the application process.

Strong & safe grants can be used towards:

  • Pilot projects to investigate and help to forge new collaborations and partnerships
  • Looking at new approaches to data capture to help you to fundraise and improve resilience
  • Looking at new business models e.g. developing shared services, facilities, marketing etc.
  • Projects to look at alternative sources of non-grant income
  • Pilot projects to strengthen your role within the local community.

For more information please see the guidance document (Word 388kb, opens in new tab). To apply, please download the application form (Word kb, opens in new tab).