Having been accepting applications from independent museums for its Recovery and Resilience Fund since August, MGS is now seeking to ensure Accredited museums ineligible for prior support – civic (local authority and ALEO run museums) and university museums – are not left out in the cold.

The Covid-19 Museum Development Fund seeks to enable institutions to carry out projects that respond to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, with two rounds of funding closing on 13th November 2020 and 5th February 2021 respectively.

“We are pleased to open the Covid-19 Museum Development Fund to civic and university museums. The fund will enable them to continue, or restart, their important work in communities through engagement, activities, and as spaces of inspiration and reflection,” notes Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland.

“Museums and galleries are reacting to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic with innovative and resourceful plans to strengthen their resilience and adapt to a changing situation. We are here to support them.”

In addition to offering new support, MGS is also calling for details regarding how Scotland’s museums and galleries are managing in the current circumstances. Evidence will be gathered by a survey that will inform the organisation’s work with the Scottish Government to determine immediate funding requirements and make plans for the sector’s medium- and long-term future.

Submissions to the Emerging from Lockdown survey can be made here by all museums and galleries in Scotland until 19th October.

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