Art Fund Weston Loan Programme opens

The Art Fund’s Weston Loan Programme, designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections, has opened for applications. The deadline to apply is 12noon Wednesday 14th September.

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 will provide funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.


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

The Art Fund will 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

It will 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. It will also support museums with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

The Art Fund expects the majority of grants to be for between £5,000 and £25,000, although it will consider applications for smaller and larger amounts. It will 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.

Application is through an online application system.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull, or 020 7225 4840.

For more general details, please see the Guidance for Applicants.

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


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