The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact. Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund are looking for high quality proposals to:
- work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use; and
- through that collections work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.
To be successful, applications will need to:
- engage local communities and/or those who aren’t typical museum attendees, and think about social impact;
- be developmental for the organisation or sector; and
- think about the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.
Deadline: Continuous rolling programme until 2019. There are two application rounds each year in March and September, with a short initial application form. Shortlisted applicants are then invited to make a full application. The guidance for applicants has changed substantially, and all potential applicants should read it carefully before applying.
The next round of funding closes on Wednesday 28 February 2018, 5pm.
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