WMMD Small Grants

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What is a WMMD Small Grant?

Museums may apply to WMMD for grants of up to £3,000 to support projects which help increase access to and engagement with their collections.  This is a competitive grant fund and we recommend that you discuss potential applications with your Museum Development Officer before applying.


Applicant organisations must hold Full Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation or be formally Working Towards Accreditation in order to be eligible to apply for this grant.

Please note National Portfolio Organisations are not eligible to apply.

What will the grant fund?

Successful 2019 WMMD Small Grant applications supported museums to demonstrate how they use their collections and planning to reflect the diversity of their audiences.  They needed to show evidence of how the ‘Creative Case for Diversity’ is at the heart of everything they do, from consulting with diverse and underrepresented groups to diversifying their programmes, collections and exhibitions.

All projects needed to show how they sought to develop and respond to audience development opportunities; improving the services on offer, strengthening sustainability, building resilience and creating new conversations and activity around collections.

Deadline for applications

Applications are now closed for 2019 and will return in 2020.

Successful 2019 applications are:

Bewdley Museum
‘Forging Memories’ – becoming a Dementia Friendly venue and outreach visits

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
Audience development research into the local communities to inform Audience Development Strategy and Equality Action Plan

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
‘Wellbeing Workshop’ for those living with Dementia and their carers

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
‘Talking Collections’ – improve the use of handling collections to engage with groups of people with dementia and those at risk of social isolation

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Cultural Exchange
A six month programme of events to stimulate an active Asian collection policy to engage with and reflect changing local community

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
‘Combating Loneliness in Later Life’ – delivering a range of activities during forthcoming exhibitions

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
‘On YOUR Doorstep: Creative Conversations Connecting the Shared Stories of Staffordshire’ – improving the reach of the service

Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum
‘Collections and Community Co-creation in the Digital Age’ – improving access by digitising the collection and engagement with new audiences

Next steps

Details of the 2020 WMMD Small Grant will be available from January 2020.  Keep up to date by signing up to our newsletter at the bottom left of this page.

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