Covid Support Scheme - Museums Association

Covid Support Scheme

This scheme has been set up to offer grants of £500 to individual MA members whose finances have been significantly affected by the current pandemic. It is open to individual members who have held membership for two or more years and can demonstrate a genuine and measurable need.

Application criteria

Grants will be awarded of £500 to successful applicants.

Please read the conditions below. We note that the funds available are limited and therefore we would encourage only those meeting the criteria below to apply.

2.1      Applicants must:

  • Be a current individual member and have been an individual member for at least two years

2.2      The application must not be to replace any state benefits to which the applicant may be entitled and must not jeopardise the applicant’s entitlement to any state benefit.

2.3     The need must be genuine and measurable.

2.4     We will make the assessments on a case by case basis, and priority will be given to those in severe financial distress, including applicants who:

  • Have been made redundant during the current period
  • Have little or no savings
  • Are in freelance and contract work that has been curtailed during this period and support is unavailable or at a very low level

We would also not normally support awards to make up the difference in expected earned income for members on furlough receiving 80% of their salary or freelancers receiving 80% of estimated income, except for members on or below the living wage.

2.5     Consideration may be given for a second award of £500 after a three-month period if a continuing case for hardship is made, though noting as above the limitation on funds available.

2.6     Please complete the form available on this site and forward to info@museumsassociation.org.

We will make the assessments on a case by case basis, and priority will be given to those in severe financial distress, including applicants who:

  • Have been made redundant during the current period
  • Have little or no savings
  • Are in freelance and contract work that has been curtailed during this period and support is unavailable or at a very low level
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