We are pleased to announce that the next round of our Sustainable Improvement Fund is now open. The Fund is a major part of the Museum Development North West Programme (MDNW). This Programme embraces the Arts Council’s five strategic goals set out in Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in museums in the North West.
North West Accredited museums can bid to the Sustainable Improvement Fund to experiment and trial new ideas to strengthen sustainability and resilience. The Fund can help you develop new ways of working, partnerships and business models. It can provide funding for simple projects that can make a big difference in what you do or how you do things; or for more ambitious projects where you want to explore or test ideas in order to develop more substantial funding bids from other sources.
The Fund reflects the North West’s commitment to partnership working: it supports museums to continue to work together, and to develop creative relationships with cultural organisations, as well as with a wide range of external partners.
Applicants must submit an expression of interest form before submitting the full application, and you are strongly advised to contact one of the MDNW team before submitting and expression of interest. Deadlines for the 2017-18 programme and other details are outlined in the guidance document below.