Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

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 - Museums Recovery Fund


This fund is designed to be flexible, providing an element of financial support and security for those independent museums that are most at risk as a result of the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID. The fund can be used to support:

  • core operating costs to protect the minimum advised level of reserves* (equivalent of 3 months’ worth of operating costs). It is hoped that the fund will help to retain key staff posts and provide security that will allow for seasonal staff to be brought back and some frozen posts to be filled.
  • activity to recover visitor numbers and spend (whether new or returning) including marketing, special events and restart costs
  • activity that will assist the implementation of new business priorities emerging in response to the pandemic and which will increase resilience

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:
Type of cost:
Revenue, Core costs

Fund award sizes

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Who can apply

Any organisation that runs an independent Accredited Museum in Scotland. Local Authority, ALEO and University-run museums are not eligible for this fund. Non-accredited independent museums may also be eligible to apply. Check full guidelines on MGS website.

When to apply


How to apply

Register your intention via email to MGS. A member of their grants team will get in touch to discuss your proposal. Full applications should be submitted via the MGS website.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Heritage & building preservation

Beneficiaries funded: General public Voluntary sector organisations

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