The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund recently supported Birmingham Museums Trust to research the Staffordshire Hoard

Last call for £1m Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Geraldine Kendall, 03.09.2014
Submit your stage-one proposals before 12 September
The closing date for applications to the Museums Association’s (MA) £1m Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is fast approaching.

The UK-wide fund supports museums to develop understanding, use and appreciation of their collections. Projects that are eligible to apply to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund include research into collections, conservation, collections review and initiatives to develop the use of collections.

Applicants can request grants between £20,000 and £100,000. After receiving stage one applications, the MA will invite around 15 applicants to make a full application, which will be judged by a committee of representatives from the MA, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the museum sector.

Projects at an early stage of development will be considered, but applicants should be able to demonstrate the potential benefits of any funded work and a commitment to building those into future work.

Sally Colvin, the MA’s collections coordinator, said: “The fund is competitive, but we always look for exciting projects. If you have an idea for working with significant collections, and using them to make an impact with audiences and communities then get in touch.”

The deadline for applications to the current round of funding is 12 September 2014.

The John Ellerman Foundation is also inviting regional museums to apply for grants from the £380,000 John Ellerman Regional Museums Fund before the deadline on 3 October.

The fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries and help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.