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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Museums Galleries Scotland - Small Grants Fund


The MGS Small Grants fund provides support for small scale project activity but it also supports any eligible museums struggling to meet critical, non-project costs due to the depletion of reserves or budgets because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund is designed to be flexible so that it can respond to the changing needs of the sector as it recovers from the impacts of the pandemic. It will support small scale project activity that will have impact in any of the following areas:

  • Activity that will build operational resilience.
  • Activity to re-engage with communities and audiences
  • Critical repairs and maintenance that you cannot afford to carry out.
  • Activity to improve environmental sustainability.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Any organisation that runs an Accredited Museum in Scotland can apply. Partnership applications are welcome and they can accept applications from formally constituted groups of museums with their own bank accounts.

When to apply

There will be three rounds in 2022/23 with deadlines at 5pm on:

  • Round 1 - 1 July 2022 (for decisions 12 August 2022)
  • Round 2 - 30 September 2022 (for decisions 11 November 2022)
  • Round 3 - 27 January 2023 (for decisions 10 March 2023)

Next deadline: 1 Jul 2022

How to apply

Contact the Grants Team at MGS to discuss your proposal before starting to complete an application. Applications should be made via the online application form.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Heritage & building preservation

Beneficiaries funded: General public Voluntary sector organisations

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