Effective Collections beneficiaries to be revealed at MA conference

Geraldine Kendall, 23.09.2010
Collections coordinator praises quality of third round applicants as new funding cycle kicks off

The most recent round of Effective Collections funding has seen a large number of high quality applicants, says MA collections coordinator Sally Cross.

The MA's landmark collections scheme has so far funded 17 proposals nationwide, including a pioneering numismatics project at Yorkshire Museum and the coordination of natural science resources between five museums at Renaissance North West.

A selection panel will meet next week to make the final decision on which projects to fund this time round. Successful applicants will be announced at this year’s MA conference in Manchester.

Cross said: “I've been pleased with the number of high quality, ambitious and innovative special project applications, so I look forward to working with the selection panel to choose which ones to fund.”

The MA this week launched the fourth round of Effective Collections funding. Museums proposing innovative ways to develop or dispose of their stored collections could benefit from Main Fund grants of up to £10,000.

Applications are also invited to the Special Project Fund, which offers grants of up to £25,000 to more ambitious proposals that show a potential for large-scale public benefit.

Previous beneficiaries include the Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network (STICK), which won for a scheme that enabled Scottish museums donate unwanted tools to African communities.

Cross said: “We've seen over the last couple of funding rounds that museums really get what an Effective Collections project is all about, in terms of getting a collection into long-term use.”

The deadline for fourth round applications is Friday 4 March 2011.

For more information and to apply, click here

The MA Conference runs 4-6 October. For more information, click here