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

The Wild 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.

Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023

Open for applications

Art Fund Museum of the Year celebrates exceptional museums, galleries and historic houses, recognises imaginative work, and inspires more people to engage.

The 2023 prize will be more important than ever in championing the UK’s vital museums, and Art Fund is seeking applications from organisations whose achievements tell the story of the creativity and resilience of the sector, with a particular focus on empowering communities and building a sustainable future.

AAMC International Engagement Programme

Open for applications

This programme is a collaboration between Art Fund and the US-based Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation, to enable UK curators to travel, network and deepen international relationships through creating opportunities for genuine exchange and learning.

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.

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.

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