Journeys with 'The Waste Land': Turner Contemporary received £90,000 from the fund in 2016

Funding news

Geraldine Kendall Adams, Issue 118/11, p12, 02.11.2018
Regions to be cheerful
For regional museums facing funding cuts and curatorial under-provision, help is available from the John Ellerman Foundation’s Museums and Galleries Fund, which is open for applications.

The fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries across the UK. It will distribute £500,000 in 2019 to support organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development, to attract a broader public.

The average grant size available is £86,000, but higher amounts are considered for exceptional projects. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting applications that enable new ways of working, both for established curators and those just starting out, or those that ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change.

The fund focuses on the visual and decorative arts, and social and natural history collections. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in their field at a national level, and a national significance, usually through a unique or high-quality collection. The foundation generally supports small to medium-sized institutions with an income of between £100,000 and £10m, outside of London.

Larger institutions may apply if they are uniquely placed to meet the fund’s aims, while applications from London-based institutions are eligible if their project brings significant benefits to the regions.

First-stage applications for projects that do not start before June 2019 must be received by 3 December.