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Two funding programmes currently open

07 September 2020

Recovery Grant – deadline is Friday 11 September 2020

The Recovery Grant programme is funded by the Art Fund and the NI Museums Council.

This grant programme is open to independent museums only.  For some museums, recovery is about planning to reopen or sustaining reopening, but for others it is about seeking a more effective way of working at home that enables connections with staff and audiences to be maintained while the museum remains closed.  The Recovery Grant is for both.

Please note that you cannot apply for retrospective spend and/or the project cannot have already started.

Please click below for further information and supporting documents:

Recovery Grant – Guidance Notes

Recovery Grant – Application Form


Collecting for the Future: Acquisitions Programme

About the fund

This fund is supported by the Esmé Mitchell Trust and enables accredited museums to apply for up to £1,000 towards the purchase of cultural and artistic objects in partnership with museum users and communities.  

Before you apply


  • Check that you are an eligible museum
  • Discuss your proposed application with Sinead McCartan on 028 9055 215;


Deadline for applications: Ongoing – no deadline

Please click below for further information and supporting documents:

Collecting for the Future – Guidance Notes

Collecting for the Future – Application Form