Our funders - Museums Association

Our funders

We are independent and not-for-profit and we advocate for museums across the UK.

We gratefully receive funding support for our work from the following organisations:

Cultural Recovery Fund

We received £150,000 as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund, distributed by Arts Council England. This funding helps us continue to support museums and those that work in and with them through our professional development, online training, guidance and events.

Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund

We have partnered with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and creative design agency The Liminal Space to offer a £600,000 Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund for museums.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

We have longstanding relationship with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which has supported our collections work for over a decade. In particular we award the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund on behalf of the foundation to projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people. The fund has awarded over £10m to 145 projects since it launched in 2011.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has supported us in many of recent activities, including Partnerships with Purpose and our Power to the People Framework. We currently receive backbone funding of £40,000 a year from the foundation, which runs until 2024.

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