MDUK and Art Fund Covid-19 Recovery Funding
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Museum Development UK and The Art Fund worked in partnership to distribute recovery funding to museums across the UK.
The priority was to support the recovery phase of small to medium sized museums. These museums are often located in areas of low cultural engagement; the main cultural offer in a locality; or based in urban areas with niche collections and specific cultural offers outside large city institutions.
Recovery grants were awarded between July and December 2020 at the discretion of Museum Development providers based on urgency of need, project description and research, understanding of audience needs, track record of managing funds, value for money, evidence of strategic planning, organisational sustainability, and impact on communities.
The investment programme supported organisational resilience and helped museums to re-open safely and effectively, to meet audience needs and expectations and to develop a sustainable offer for the future.
A report on awards and grant distribution is available here.
Black Lives Matter
Museum Development UK (MDUK) stands in solidarity with Black Communities which include museum employees, volunteers and visitors.
As Museum Development providers we recognise our role, alongside that of museums, to develop an inclusive sector that challenges and opposes racism.
Arts Council England, and Museums Galleries Scotland have issued statements in support of the Movement. MDUK is currently taking time to reflect and initiate new dialogues to explore meaningful and sustainable actions.
We WILL actively listen, educate ourselves and take action.
Further information about our commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found within our aims.
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