Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

What is the Collections Fund?

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, has been awarding grants to museums to connect collections to people since 2011. We have awarded over £8.5m to 108 projects across 17 grant rounds.

The purpose of the Collections Fund is to fund a range of projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people.

A range of case studies are available on the Museums Association website.


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How can we apply?

Museums, galleries, and heritage organisations across the UK can apply for:

Strategic grants: up to £250,000 over five years to contribute to the strategic direction of the recipient organisation and leave a long-term legacy.

Project grants: Smaller grants will be available for time-limited projects spanning two to three years that are ambitious, innovative or test new ways of working.

The new phase of the Collections Fund will open for applications in late 2019.

Visit the Museums Association website for further information.