Funding for Scottish Museums to Recover from COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, 19 August, 2020

A new £4 million Fund has been launched to enable Scottish independent museums to cover a funding gap that they anticipate occurring before 31 March 2021 but also to undertake activity that will build up the organisation’s resilience to manage the ongoing financial challenges brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants will be needs-based and most grants are expected to be for more than £10,000. Smaller requests will also be considered. The grants are subject to state aid rules and therefore will not exceed the threshold of €800,000 (around £732,320).

The funding can be used for the following:

  • Operating costs up to 31 March 2021.
  • Re-start costs both for the remainder of the 2020 season and for 2021 season.
  • Critical repairs and maintenance.
  • Business model review and implementation costs.
  • Activity to support and develop community wellbeing.
  • Other activity to build up sustainability and resilience.

Independent museums run by a not-for-profit organisation may apply for the funding.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the Fund closes at 5pm on 30 October 2020.

 

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