How To Apply
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Collecting Cultures 

Collecting Cultures is an initiative which supports museums, libraries and archives to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects. Grantees plan and deliver programmes of targeted purchase and engage a wider range of people with their collections. Collections management and development is core to museums, libraries and archives so through this initiative we want to support the strategic acquisition of collections.

The programme is now closed for applications.

The initiative is intended to:

  • support the development of collections and their use through strategic acquisition programmes, related research and public programmes
  • enhance the professional knowledge and skills of staff working in museums, libraries and archives
  • use strategic collecting programmes to support the funded museums, libraries and archives to increase resilience as an organisation

You can apply for a grant from £50,000 to £500,000.

You can read more about Collecting Cultures in the application guidance. Your application will have a better chance of success if you read this thoroughly before you apply.

Please read our Collecting Cultures evaluation to find out about the 22 projects we funded in 2008 under the first Collecting Cultures initiative.

The difference we want to make 

Collecting Cultures projects need to contribute towards all of the six outcomes listed below.

Outcomes for heritage

With our investment, heritage will be:

  • better managed
  • better interpreted and explained

Outcomes for people

With our investment, people will have:

  • learnt about heritage
  • developed skills

Outcomes for communities

With our investment:

  • more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage
  • your organisation will be more resilient

Application process 

There is one opportunity to apply for Collecting Cultures: the closing date for applications is 12 noon on 2 May 2014.

Decisions on Collecting Cultures applications will be taken by our Board of Trustees at their meeting on 30 September 2014.

We recommend that you send us a project enquiry form before you apply. Please do this before 2 April 2014, as after this date we will not be able to accept project enquiries for this initiative. Register a project enquiry.




Children at the Whitworth Art Gallery 

Collecting Cultures 

Application materials

Essential reading

Good-practice guidance

We provide a range of good-practice guidance to help you plan and deliver your heritage project.

Find more projects

Discover more about projects previously funded through this programme.