A new fund has been launched to help accredited museums in Scotland tackle mounting financial challenges.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) will provide grants of between £1,500 and £50,000 via the Resilience Fund for projects which “directly increase resilience”.

The organisation recently paused its Small Grants and Museum Development funding, replacing it with the new single Resilience Fund.

The new fund is hoped primarily to allow museums to implement energy efficiency measures, as well as enabling them to reduce costs, increase income, and support nearby communities.

MGS said it will prioritise project proposals with a “reasonable projection” that can be delivered within one year of the award. It said it will prioritise “immediate, positive impact”, adding that a “wish list” without a clear rationale is unlikely to be successful.

Projects not involving the creation of new energy efficiencies are still expected to consider the carbon and other environmental costs of delivering the project, it said.

The fund will be open for applications from 24 October 2022, and will be awarded in two rounds.

The application deadline for the first round is 28 November 2022, followed by an awards announcement on 13 January 2023.

The deadline for the second round is 30 January 2023, followed by an awards announcement on 17 March 2023.

Full details are available on the Museums Galleries Scotland website.

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