Sustainable Improvement Fund 2019-20

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 (MDNW) Programme. This Programme embraces the Arts Council’s five strategic goals set out in the 10-year strategy Great Art and Culture for Everyone to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in museums in the North West.

For 2019-20 we will support museums around three key areas: environmental sustainability, collections, and audience development, to complement the programmes of work we delivered in 2017-19. Museums can bid to SIF for projects linked to these themes that also demonstrate how they relate to forward plans or other key policy and planning documents. We will also support projects to provide seed funding for museums to bring in extra capacity or knowledge to work up an application to Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants.

The Fund reflects the North West’s commitment to partnership working and will still be open to consortia applications.

We want bids to complement and not duplicate other sources of museum development support, or campaigns and initiatives funded by Arts Council England. Your project may be a better fit to Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants. For further information on this see how_to_apply_guidance_under15k_project_grants_24052018_0

Deadlines, guidance and the application form can be found below.

SIF 2019-20 guidance

SIF 2019-20 application form

Final report template


Arts Council England logo and guidelines for use