Marches Network: Museum Development Annual Museum Development Grants

The West Midlands Museum Development Officers (WMMDOs) are part of the Marches Network which has been awarded funds by Arts Council England (ACE) until March 2015 to deliver ambitious plans for Museum Development across the region’s museum sector.


The WMMDOs work closely with individual museums and networks across the region to support their development, sustainability and long term resilience through a broad range of actions. These are delivered under the broad umbrella of four distinct Programme areas Organisational Health, Users and their Experiences, Collections and Sector Resilience and always support the standards of Accreditation and further ACE’s five goals for museums.


The majority of financial support to museums from MDOs comes through direct participation in their programmes and MDO led projects; however it is recognised that each museum has its own unique needs, trajectories and plans and that access to a free standing grant fund can often add value to activities at a time most suitable for the museum. Historically, in order to meet specific local need and to stimulate work which would otherwise not be completed or embarked upon, each West Midlands MDO has run an open access small grant fund within their geographical area.  From November 2012, in order to make the best use of resources, sub-regional funds will be combined to run as a single, annual, regional fund.

 To apply to this fund:

  • This fund is for museums in the West Midlands (the areas covered by the WMMDOs) which are currently Accredited or are formally registered to the process of applying. Applications can be from individual museums or for projects involving more than one museum as long as the lead applicant is Accredited.


  • Size of award: Bids for grants from £200 to £2,000 are welcomed.


  • Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd December 2012


  • Completed application forms must be returned by post or by email no later than the closing date to Gemma Dhami, Museum Development Officer (contact details below)


Application forms and guidance can be found here:

WMMDO Grant Fund Guidance 2012-13doc

WMMDO Grant Fund Guidance 2012-13 pdf

WMMDOgrants application form 2012-13 doc

WMMDOgrants application form 2012-13pdf

If you require a hard copy to be posted please contact me.


If you would like to discuss your application or have any questions please contact me.


Kind Regards,





Gemma Dhami

Museum Development Officer



Tel: 01299 250416


Twitter: @GemmaDhami



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