Museums Galleries Scotland Urgent Response COVID-19 Fund

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What does this involve?

This fund provides support to independent museums and galleries that have experienced serious loss of income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Eligible institutions can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £60,000 to help cover core costs for next few months. Due to anticipated heavy demand, awards will be limited to 3 months of urgent costs.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are an independent accredited museum or gallery in Scotland.

Priority will be given to institutions without core funding who are reliant on trading income, as they are at highest risk.

The following institutions are not eligible:

  • Local authorities
  • National museums
  • Other organisations that are principally funded by government (including local government)
  • University museums

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

Independent accredited museums and galleries in Scotland who are suffering from loss of income due to the coronavirus.

How long does this take?

There are no deadlines. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and processed as quickly as possible.

Important information

Priority will be given to organisations that:

  • are most at risk (but which had a viable business model prior to the COVID-19 restrictions)
  • look after recognised collections
  • have taken steps to reduce costs where possible
  • do not have access to other sources of support

The applicant’s track record and role in contributing to the objectives of the National Strategy will also be considered.

Applicants will be expected to provide:

  • a copy of their last audited accounts
  • details of financial performance to March 2020
  • current cash balance and reserves position (restricted and unrestricted)
  • known costs for the coming months
  • steps that have been taken to minimise these costs and mitigate the financial risk
  • information on other current sources of support 

Next steps

Visit the Museums Galleries Scotland website to find out more and to submit your application. 

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