Apply for funding

See our open funding programmes to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations build collections, engage with new audiences and develop professional skills.

The Great Escape

Open for applications

Funding is available for a new, UK-wide creative project for museums to engage with schools and families, inspired by the nature around us.

Freelands Art Fund Acquisition

Open for applications

This partnership between Freelands Foundation and Art Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 for museums to acquire contemporary art and increase public access to work by women artists in the UK.

Sir Nicholas Goodison award for contemporary craft

Open for applications from 3rd Oct 2022 - 3rd Nov 2022

This award will provide funding for one curator to pursue new avenues of collecting contemporary craft for their museums and build critical professional skills.

Commission grants

Open for applications

We are keen to support the commission and acquisition of important new work, and we welcome proposals for exceptional projects with significant public impact.

Acquisition grants

Open for applications

We give grants of over £4m every year to help UK museums and galleries acquire objects and works of art for their collections.

Student opportunities

Open for applications

Harness the talent of university students to help realise a project at your museum or gallery. Apply for a grant to pay the students and receive support in recruiting candidates from our network of students.

Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

Open for applications

Curators can apply for funding towards travel and other costs, to enable collections and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.

Reimagine grants

Applications closed

These project grants aim to help organisations as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic. They offer support to build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the sector.

Weston Loan Programme

Applications closed

This programme provides funding for museums and galleries to borrow works from national collections, encouraging the sharing of works more widely across the UK.

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