Art Fund

Art Fund opens applications for research, conservation and small project grants programmes

Article: David Styles | Image: © Art Fund

A trio of grant funding programmes are now accepting declarations of interest from organisations in the sector, Art Fund has confirmed.

Applications are open for the second round of the Headley Fellowships with Art Fund; a range of new, dedicated conservation grants; and small project grants to promote innovation.

Art Fund is now inviting applications from museums and galleries across the UK for these three funding programmes, with awards reaching as much as £50,000 in the conservation category.

Art Fund conservation grants are available for public museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK © Art Fund

The three programmes

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund

A three-year programme from The Headley Trust and Art Fund, the Fellowship offers curators the opportunity to add to their specialist knowledge and take time away from day-to-day responsibilities to conduct in-depth research into their museum’s collection. This is facilitated by funding provided to backfill their post either full-time for six months or part-time for a year.

The maximum grant available from the Fellowship is £20,000, and applications close on 7th October.

Conservation grants

A new, dedicated grants programme for UK public museums, galleries and historic houses has been designed to provide both conservation treatment to newly acquired works and prepare existing works to leave storage and be readied for public display.

Exceptional cases of projects focused on the conservation of a decorative or significant feature in a historic property or setting will also be considered.

The conservation grants range from £5,000 to £50,000. Applications for grants under £15,000 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, while grants over this threshold are linked to Art Fund’s regular board meetings.

Small project grants

New to Art Fund’s portfolio of funding programmes, small project grants are geared to provide up to £10,000 in support of wide-ranging, adventurous projects which demonstrate a clear benefit to their audiences.

The scheme has spun out from several projects Art Fund has supported over the last two years which had not always fallen within the charity’s regular grants programme. Audience development, equality, diversity and inclusion, along with maximising reach in areas of low cultural engagement are key goals of this programme

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund’s Director, stated: “Over the past several years, Art Fund has expanded its charitable programme to meet the needs of museums and galleries across the country.

“We always try to be as flexible and adaptable as possible, which we hope is reflected in these three funding schemes. And we are grateful to organisations such as the Headley Trust for enabling us to take programmes such as the Headley Fellowships with Art Fund to the next level.”