New criteria for collections fund

Nicola Sullivan, 03.06.2015
Support available for museums that want to develop their collections
Museums applying for grants from The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will now have to demonstrate how their work involves, engages and impacts audiences.

The fund, run by the Museums Association (MA), will provide £1m per year to collections work over a period of three years (2014-16) that is outside of the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

Sally Colvin, the programmes manager at the MA, said the new requirement of engaging audiences was introduced to reflect the high standards of applications being received.

She said: “We have been running the fund for quite a few years and the quality of the applications has improved over time. In the last couple of rounds the projects that ended up getting funded not only showed great work on collections but also really strong on audience engagement. We updated the criteria to make the application process clearer and ensure everyone applying had the same chances of success.”

In order to be successful applications will also need to fulfil a number of other criteria. These include showing how the project improves the understanding, appreciation and use of collections; fits with the organisation’s wider priorities; and develops both the staff and organisations involved.

The next deadline for initial applications is 10 September 2015.


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