Scottish acquisitions grant scheme unveiled

The new Special Funding Scheme has no deadlines
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The National Fund for Acquisitions, which is managed by National Museums Scotland on behalf of the Scottish government, has launched a Special Funding Scheme worth £100,000.

The Special Funding Scheme considers applications for 100% funding for acquisitions up to £1,000 and contributions in excess of the normal 50% grant for acquisitions costing over £1,000. The new fund has no deadlines for applications.

The fund is dedicated to the acquisition of objects for the collections of Scottish museums, galleries, libraries and archives.

Grant applications are processed in consultation with specialist staff from the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

In 2019-20 the National Fund for Acquisitions made 55 payments totalling £158,554, which enabled 23 organisations across Scotland to make acquisitions worth £870,875. The Scottish Maritime Museum acquired the Boat Builders, 1962, by John Bellany in 2018.

Hazel Williamson, the manager of the National Fund for Acquisitions, said: "We recently conducted a survey of collections in Scotland that showed that comparatively few had a dedicated budget for acquisitions, a situation likely to be made worse by the Covid-19 crisis. We hope that this special funding scheme will encourage applications from collections that have important acquisitions in mind but are struggling to raise match funding."

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