Grants and funding

A range of grants are offered to help support development of collections, services, staff and volunteers.

The London Museum Development team offer a number of robust grants and funding opportunities for the sector.

Dr Johnson’s House

We offer a number of robust grants and funding opportunities. Credit: By permission of Dr Johnson’s House Trustees

Collection Grants

These grants are now closed.

The Collection Grants programme supports non-national museums in London with their collection care and documentation work. These small £500 grants could be used to:

Purchase equipment or materials to assist with:

  • Documentation eg Collections Trust stationary - acquisition registers, entry forms etc
  • environmental monitoring devices to form part of ongoing collection care procedures
  • preventive conservation equipment such as a museum vac or materials such as acid free boxes/tissue
  • emergency/disaster preparedness
  • camera equipment to assist in digitisation work.

Procure training for your staff and volunteers in:

  • Collection care
  • Documentation
  • Collection management system training.

Consultancy costs towards:

  • Conservation audits/assessments of specific objects
  • Documentation advice re specific problems such as tackling backlogs, procuring a CMS.

Collection Grant programme, 2016 - 2017

In 2016/17, 21 grants of approximately £500.00 were awarded over the two tranches, to 19 different museums, with an additional 2 projects supported through the Regional Conservation Team programme as a direct result of their Collection Grant applications. Download a full overview of the 2016/17 projects (PDF 1.15mb, opens in new tab).

Strong & Safe Grants

These grants are now closed.

Strong & Safe is a programme for London’s Local Authority-funded Museum and Archives Services, being run by London Museum Development in association with The National Archives.

The Strong & Safe grant fund provided funding for projects from London local authority supported services that clearly link to forward planning and organisational priorities. These priorities are identified through a quick diagnostic (Excel 28kb, opens in new tab) which services undertook prior to application.

Strong & safe grants will 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.

A summary of the projects funded will be made available later in the year.

Ready to Borrow: Small Scale Capital Development grants

Following the success of Round 1, Arts Council England funded a second round of Ready to Borrow: Small Scale Capital Development grants for the period 2016-18.

Museums were offered the opportunity to upgrade their buildings and exhibitions spaces so that they could meet the environmental and security condition requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS), thus enabling them to receive loans from national and other larger museums. The programme allowed the sharing of notable objects and works of art in new and different parts of London, enabling more people to see, learn and enjoy these great treasures.

Round 2 Ready to Borrow: Upgrading Exhibition Spaces Small Capital Grants Scheme 2016-2018

Now closed.

The London Museum Development Team had an allocated grant of £194,000 to support loans from National museums and Major Partner Museums to non-national museums in London. Museums applied for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £50,000. These grants have been awarded to the Garden Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Islington Museum and Orleans House Gallery.

Round 1 Ready to Borrow Case Studies

  • Eight museums in London benefited from Round 1 of the scheme 2015-17: Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London Museum of Water & Steam, Charles Dickens Museum, Strawberry Hill, Kingston Museum, Headstone Manor and Museum Harrow, Brent Museum and Royal College of Physicians.
  • Projects ranged from installation of high spec display cases to programmes of UV film, window blind and LED light-bulb installation. The partnerships and loan proposals which the museums are pursuing show a rich variety, ranging from partnerships with national museums to building relationships with specific ethnic minorities, to links with the Science Museum for objects telling the story of London’s world-first role in creating a clean water supply.
  • You can read the full report on the Round 1 projects through the Small Capital Grants report (PDF 1mb, opens in new tab).