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Survive and Thrive

Covid-19 Update: Because of the need to respond to the current Covid-19 crisis, all programmes for 2020-21 are under review. We will update these pages as soon as the position is clear.

The Survive and Thrive programme is for Museums opting to do a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of their business needs.

This process gives museums intensive support from MDOs and trained peers to identify areas for improvement, and the funding to act upon and address them. The support provided goes well beyond the level of the new business framework, and remains an important opportunity for all types of museums to strengthen ahead of challenges such as continued cuts in public funding and steadily reducing opportunities for trust funding. We will support four museums through the programme – two in 2018-20 and two in 2020-22 – and £4,000 per service will be available to implement improvements identified by going through the process. The Survive and Thrive programme is now open for applications, with further information below. You can access the Survive and Thrive peer review toolkit 2011 (PDF 350kb, opens in new tab).

Survive and Thrive grants 2020 – 2021

Four grants of up to £2,000 will be available through London Museum Development’s Survive and Thrive programme for museums that are looking to make improvements to their service. In order to qualify for these grants museums will need to be able to demonstrate that they have attended London Museum Development AGILE (held on 08 October 2019 or 22nd April 2020) or similar training focused on the principles of continual improvement or that they have previously taken part in the London Museum Development Survive and Thrive process. Applicants will be asked to complete a self-assessment (approximately 45 minutes) using the Museum Development Museums’ Organisational Health Check. London Museums Development will use the findings from your self-assessment to provide you with an Advisory Report summarising the findings and pointing the museum in the direction of appropriate MD help and other resources. Participating museums will then be invited to submit an application for a grant to address one or more of the priorities identified by the process. Closing date for applications: 31st July 2020. Further information can be found in the Guidance Documentation (Word 357kb, downloads in new tab).