Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections, made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation.


Please note: The first round of the programme (2017) has now closed for applications. Details of the second round will be published here in due course.

Alongside Arts Council England’s funding scheme 'Ready to Borrow' and the Touring Exhibition Group initiative 'Preparing to Borrow', and other national programmes, the Weston Loan Programme provides funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.

We recognise the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit from this programme over the next three years, and beyond.


  1. To support the costs of new loans of works of art and artefacts to regional museums from the National collections.
  2. To encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and National museums and galleries.
  3. To help regional museums make the most of the opportunities associated with the loan and raise the profile of their own collections.

What are we looking for?

We’ll consider applications that:

  • Enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming;
  • Enable ‘quick fire’ and ‘quick win’ loan requests
  • Support long term relationship and display development

We’ll support regional museums and galleries with grants of up to 100% of the funding required to cover the costs associated with securing and displaying the loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. We’ll also support you with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Who can apply?

  • UK museums/galleries with permanent collections which are provisionally or fully accredited
  • UK museums/galleries which are regional and/or run by local authorities, universities, or have independent Trust status

If your museum is not provisionally or fully accredited you will be asked explain why, and to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to care for the collections to the same nationally-recognised standard. The museum should also be open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year.

How much can you apply for?

We expect the majority of grants to be for between £5,000 and £25,000, although we will consider applications for smaller and larger amounts. We would be happy to accept applications for 100% funding, though applicants can apply to this programme as part of a larger funding package of support from a variety of sources.

For more details, please see our Guidance for Applicants.

Support for developing your project and partnership

For more advice and guidance on borrowing and finding partners, please download Developing Your Project.

Preparing to Borrow workshops

In addition, Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) will be delivering a series of workshops to support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition. For further information please visit www.tegevents.eventbrite.com

Preparing to Borrow is a year-long training, mentoring and partnership programme funded by Arts Council England and delivered by the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) to support Ready to Borrow. For further information visit www.teg.org.uk