Support for Scotland’s museums

Susan Thomson

In recognition of the important contribution museums make to our communities, the sector is to benefit from a new fund for crucial repair and maintenance work.

The Scottish Government is to give an additional £500,000 to Museums Galleries Scotland to enable organisations across the country to reduce their running costs and increase resilience. Non-National Accredited museums and galleries in Scotland will be able to apply for grants between £5,000 and £60,000. In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered that exceed £60,000 for high impact projects that can clearly be delivered within two-years.The fund will support capital costs that directly increase the resilience of museums by increasing energy efficiency, reducing running costs or preventing increases in maintenance and repair costs.

Projects will be prioritised that will directly reduce carbon emissions or have a positive environmental impact, but all projects should aim for best practice in environmental impact in the way that they are delivered

Culture Minister Christina McKelvie said:

“Given the current cost of living challenges and their impact on the ability of museums to run their services for the public, this £500,000 in funding will enable the museum sector to be more energy efficient. In particular the fund will prioritise projects that will directly reduce carbon use or have a positive environmental impact.

“As well as encouraging the sector to be more sustainable, the aims of the fund align with our national priorities and will contribute to Scotland’s target of net zero emissions by 2045.”

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