Small Grant: Big Improvement

This scheme is available to museums in the South West that are Accredited, provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation. The scheme is currently open to applications and the application deadline is Friday 24 April 2017.

About the scheme

The Small Grant Big Improvement scheme is part of the South West Museum Development Programme funded by Arts Council England. The scheme provides funding to support museums across the South West to address a broad range of development needs in order to improve their services, strengthen their sustainability and build resilience.

Grants available

This year funding is aimed at projects that address one of the following three strands:

  • Audiences – projects that support museums to grow or diversify audiences, support community engagement or digital engagement
  • Collections – projects that improve collections care and management
  • Resilience – projects that support organisational development, volunteering, financial and/or environmental sustainability

There are three sizes of small grants available:

  • Grants of up to £500 are available to support projects without match funding.
  • Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support projects with a minimum of 25% match funding.
  • Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support partnership projects involving two or more museums with a minimum of 25% match funding.

Grants for Collections activity will be limited to £500.

To find out more information and apply click on the drop-down menus below.

Are you eligible to apply?

The scheme is open to museums in the South West that are Accredited, provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation. Arts Council England Major Partner Museums cannot apply.

Only museums in local authority areas where the local authority financially contributes to South West Museum Development Programme are eligible for this grant scheme as it is this additional investment that makes this grant scheme possible.

  • Museums in the following areas are currently eligible: Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole), Gloucester City, Somerset (including North Somerset), South Gloucestershire, Stroud District, Swindon and Wiltshire.
  • Museums in Cheltenham Borough, Forest of Dean District and Tewkesbury Borough are not currently eligible.

If your museum received SGBI funding last year, the museum have completed and have met the conditions of the previous grant to be eligible for further funding.

Museums must have completed the two previous years of the South West Museum Development Annual Data return or submit any missing returns as part of your application.

How to apply?

1. Before you apply you should read the funding guidance notes included at the front of the application form to make sure that your project fits within our funding guidelines.

2. You should contact your local MDO to discuss your project proposal. It is a requirement of funding that you have discussed your project with your MDO.

3. Your application will not be eligible for funding unless a completed draft application has been received and endorsed by your local MDO at least one month prior to the application deadline of 24 April 2017. If the project involves care of collections or conservation you must also contact the Conservation Development Officer Helena Jaeschke. If you are applying for a partnership grant then you must also contact the Museum Development office at museum.development@bristol.gov.uk by Friday 24 March 2017.

3. You can read examples of previous successful applications in the tab below and view case studies from previous rounds on our case study pages.

4. Complete the grant application form and submit this along with any supporting documentation to the Museum Development office at museum.development@bristol.gov.uk by Friday 24 April 2017.

Contact

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Tom Newman, tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk 

South West Museum Development, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Grant Recipients

Grant conditions

When you were awarded a grant you were issued with a grant offer letter setting out the terms and conditions of the grant – any special terms associated with your grant would have been added to our standard terms and conditions.

From the 2016/17 funding round award holders with grants over £500 are required to complete an interim report. The deadline for this interim report will be specified in your grant conditions.

You must return your grant acceptance form included with your offer letter before claiming a grant payment.

Logos

ACE and SWMDP branding should be acknowledged in any publicity or promotional material produced by the museum in association with the work or project.

Claiming your grant

In order for us to release funds you must first request a payment by completed the form below:

Please complete this and send with it the relevant documents (e.g. invoices, receipts, contract letters, case study reports) to support the claim. No grants will be paid prior to receipt of this information. You can send this either by email or post using the contact details below.

Once this received grant payments will be paid by cheque with 28 working days unless otherwise stated.

Case Study Reports

All grant-holders are asked to submit project reports. These reports are important as they show whether the project’s initial aims and objectives have been met and provide a useful resource for future applicants.

Contact

If you have any queries regarding your grant please contact Tom Newman, tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk 

South West Museum Development, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Logos

Logos

ACE and SWMDP branding should be acknowledged in any publicity or promotional material produced by the museum in association with the work or project.

ACE Logo can be found here.

SWMDP Logo is available to download below. Please click on the link and then right click on the image to save as to download the JPEG to your computer.

Downloads
Other information

Read our tips on writing a grant application.

Take a look at case studies from previous projects funded by the grant scheme.