Sustainable Improvement Fund Expression of Interest Deadlines

The Sustainable Improvement 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.

The application process has changed for this year and we now require all applicants to submit an expression of interest before submitting the full application.

Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by Friday 15th January with full applications due on Friday 4th March.

Please send all completed expression of interest forms to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at or post to:

Alex Bird
Museum Development North West
Manchester Museum
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Sustainable Improvement Fund Guidance

Expression of Interest Form

Sustainable Improvement Fund Application Form


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