Accredited museums or partnerships of museums and other organisations can apply for grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting up to two years that aim to bring their collections closer to people by enhancing accessibility and engagement with the public.

The funding, which is being provided through the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s Collection Fund aims to award approximately 12 grants per year, distributed across two funding rounds.

The focus of the funding is on existing collections, and applicants are expected to centre their proposals around these collections. The Foundation encourages museums to build on their previous experience and apply for funding to further develop their projects.

The grants offered should support projects that align with the strategic aims of applicants, particularly in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Foundation is also interested in funding community-led initiatives that utilise museum collections to address social and climate justice issues in ways that are relevant to local contexts and relationships.

The closing date for applications is the 13th of September 2023.