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Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

These grants provide funding for travel and other practical costs, to help curators undertake collections and exhibition research projects in the UK or internationally.

Funding range

There are two categories of grant available:


We have £75,000 in total to give annually.

Our Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants support UK curators, museum professionals and researchers to undertake travel and other activities that will extend and develop their curatorial expertise, collections-based knowledge and art historical interests.

The grants can support, for example:

  • UK and international travel and accommodation for research trips and conferences
  • training courses and programmes of study (including online)
  • subscriptions, for example archive subscriptions
  • other kinds of activity where a strong case can be made for its contribution to the development of curatorial skills and collections-based research projects

Applications for small grants are considered on a rolling basis. Please allow 8 weeks for a response.

The next deadline for large grants is yet to be set, but is likely to be in March 2023.

Who should apply

The programme is open to curators and other museum professionals, including researchers and academics, who are:

  • employed by or working in partnership with museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation, or with arts organisations which have charitable status and regularly programme exhibitions

If you are not based in a museum or gallery we ask that you provide a letter of support from a fully or provisionally accredited public collection. Please note that grants are paid to the supporting institution and cannot be paid to individuals.

We can consider applications from more than one applicant and we recognise that activities such as research for exhibition development can benefit from collaborative trips, particularly with colleagues across departments. However, we are unlikely to consider applications with more than three joint applicants.

Credits and acknowledgments

This programme was established with the support of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share our belief in the importance of developing curatorial skills and supporting serious research.

Information for applicants

Get in touch

You are encouraged to review the Guidance for applicants and contact the Programmes team to discuss your potential project before submitting an application.

Please contact:

Nancy Saul

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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