Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

The next phase of the Collections Fund will launch at the MA Conference in Brighton 

We are delighted that the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will continue in 2020 and will award £1.25m per year in grants to museums and their partnerships over the coming three years.

The Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association (MA), has been awarding grants to museums to bring collections closer to people since 2011. We have awarded over £8.5m to 108 projects across 17 grant rounds. Our eighteenth grant round closed on 11 September 2019 – the final round in the previous phase of the project. 

The next phase of the Collections Fund will be launched with an event at the MA conference in Brighton on 3 October 2019. See our conference programme for more details.

The purpose of the Collections Fund will remain the same: to fund a range of projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people. However, our approach in the next phase will reflect changes in the museum sector in recent years and the findings of the MA’s Empowering Collections report. 

"We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to bring this much needed support to museum collections,” says Sally Colvin, programmes manager at the MA. 

“Feedback from our grantees and the recommendations in Empowering Collections have inspired a few changes to how we run things, so I look forward to launching the next phase of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund,” she says. 

Following the launch event, new application deadlines and materials will be published on this page.  


Sally Colvin:, 020 7566 7851

Sarah Briggs:, 0114 245 0001