Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund - Museums Association

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports a range of projects that bring collections closer to people.

We award the fund on behalf of the Esmée Fairbairn 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. In 2020, we awarded 26 Sustaining Engagement with Collections grants to support work that responds to the Covid-19 pandemic by finding ways to share collections while traditional and physical access is not possible.

The funding we offer

We’re making changes to the Collections Fund in 2021 to support some of the varied and challenging situations of different museums across the UK, and to help museums think about recovering together with their communities through collections engagement.

Grant criteria will be published in early February, working towards projects of around £90k over around two years. Expressions of interest will be invited in April and September.


Please contact Sarah Briggs or Sally Colvin for advice on eligibility for the fund and help to develop applications:

Case studies

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