Museums Association receives £200,000 grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 28.11.2019
Funding will help MA to support transformational work in museums
The Museums Association (MA) has been awarded a £200,000 grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s (PHF) Backbone Fund. 

The funding will be spread over five years and is intended to enable the MA to support core activities, fund essential posts and access reliable support for a significant period of time, free from political cycles. 

MA director, Sharon Heal said: “This funding will enable the MA to support transformational work in museums and galleries throughout the UK. Over the next five years we will be working with our members to ensure that they can build strong and sustainable partnerships with their communities and use their collections to deliver maximum impact.”

The PHF said: “We know that voluntary organisations frequently find it difficult to plan strategically for the long term, as available funding is often short term and project based. Grants through the Backbone Fund are part of a broader commitment from PHF to fund in a way that allows organisations to reflect, learn, pursue change and focus on impact ambitions.” 

The PHF's mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity. The foundation has a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.