Museums and Galleries Scotland Digital Resilience COVID-19 Fund

Support provided by Museums and Galleries Scotland

What does this involve?

Museums in Scotland can apply for up to £3,000 to purchase equipment and software that will help them switch to more digital working while closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This fund is designed to support museums which have had to temporarily close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It will allow them to purchase equipment and software to help them adapt to digital working.

Museums can apply for funding of between £300 and £3,000.

Applications are now open and will continue to be processed on a rolling basis until the total fund of £105,000 has been distributed.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you run an accredited museum in Scotland, or a non-accredited museum in Scotland which:

  • meets the agreed definition of a museum: “Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.” MA definition, 1988
  • operates a physical site/space/building which is normally open to the public for a minimum of 20 days a year
  • has collections which the public can normally see and engage with
  • has a governing document and is a registered charity

Non-accredited museums should contact Museums Galleries Scotland before applying to confirm their eligibility.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund is for accredited and non-accredited museums in Scotland.

Important information

Eligible museums can apply for between £300 and £3,000. If your request is smaller than £300, please get in touch with the grants team to discuss your needs.

To support their application, museums should be able to explain:

  • what you currently cannot do, what the purchase will help you achieve and how this will benefit your organisation
  • what equipment you already have and why additional equipment is needed
  • the rationale behind the amount of equipment you wish to order - for example, who is going to be using it?

This fund is primarily for equipment and software. Software Licences for one year can be covered along with incidental delivery and installation costs. 

Next steps

Visit the Museums Galleries Scotland website for more information and to submit your application. 

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