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Conservation grants

This programme provides funding towards the conservation of objects in UK collections, to help museums unlock new stories about these objects and improve collections care and display.

Funding range

£5,000-£50,000

Conservation Grants offer funding to support remedial conservation of objects in UK collections, and public engagement activity associated with the object(s) conserved or the conservation process.

Our priority areas for support are works of art and other objects of artistic interest dating from antiquity to the present day. If you are hoping to conserve an object or material that might not fall into this category, we may be able to consider it.

The grants will help organisations to unlock new stories about objects in their collection, while ensuring they are well cared for, better displayed and researched.

We want you to tell us why the object selected is important or interesting to your organisation and your audiences, whilst highlighting the potential for new opportunities that conservation will bring.

Grants may also be considered for conservation towards a decorative or significant feature in a historic property or setting, where an exceptional case is made.

We will consider projects that meet two essential aims:

1. An object, collection, or significant/decorative interior feature will be conserved so that it is in better condition for the future.

2. The conservation activity will support public engagement with the object once conserved, or during the conservation process. This could include:

  • interpretation of the object(s) will be enhanced, with new stories revealed
  • visitors will have greater understanding of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind conservation
  • new findings that may contribute to research or sector knowledge will be shared
  • the project will enable the object(s) to be loaned or toured
  • the project will enable object(s) in store to be brought out for display
  • the project will contribute to the development of skills or knowledge for staff or volunteers
  • the project will help widen access to collections and reach new audiences

Who should apply

We will consider applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses and properties, libraries and archives which:

We are keen to receive applications from organisations which do not have dedicated conservation resource or staff in-house. However, all organisations which meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate a need for funding are welcome to apply.

The object, collection or feature which will be conserved must be publicly owned.

To say thank you to Art Fund members and enable them to see the works of art they have helped conserve, we ask grant recipients to:

  • give free admission to your permanent collections for visitors with a National Art Pass
  • give free or half-price entry to your exhibitions for visitors with a National Art Pass
  • make a permanent acknowledgement of our help
  • collaborate with us on publicity and promotional work

For full details of how museums are asked to acknowledge our support please see Acknowledging Art Fund's support.

Funds available

Grants are available from £5,000 upwards.

There are two grant streams:

  • Main grants: requests above £15,000
  • Small grants: requests of £15,000 or less

We expect most grants to be between £5,000 and £50,000, however we are happy to discuss exceptional projects that might exceed this on a case-by-case basis.

For small grants please apply any time. We aim to give a decision within eight weeks.

For main grants, there are five application deadlines per year. Please get in touch to find out when the next deadline is.

We expect you to apply to all appropriate sources of public funding to ensure that our funding can support as many excellent projects as possible. You do not need to contribute funding from internal sources, however this can help demonstrate that your project is a priority for your organisation.

There is no minimum amount that can be applied for, and there is no fixed percentage for which you can apply to Art Fund, but we expect you to explore the possibility of applying to all appropriate sources of public funding for which you may be eligible.

Credits and acknowledgements

Our conservation grants are made possible by the generosity of donors to our conservation appeal.

As demand increases for funds to restore and protect objects and works of art, donations to our conservation appeal help us to bring overlooked works out of the shadows – and ensure they’re seen for generations to come.

How to apply

For application forms and to submit your application, log in to My Art Fund.

You must be registered as a professional user.

If you already have a My Art Fund account but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.

If you require application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team.

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Information for applicants

Get in touch

Please review the Guidance for applicants before submitting an application. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact:

Eleanor McGrath, head of grants

020 7225 4815

emcgrath@artfund.org

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