Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) launched 2 Jun 2021

ACE has opened the new Museum Estate Development Fund for applications, with £18.8m available for 2021 – 22. It offers capital grants of £50k - £5m for vital infrastructure works and urgent maintenance backlogs. The fund is open to non-national Accredited museums based in England, and/or local authorities based in England responsible for maintaining of non-national Accredited museum buildings. As well as reducing immediate risks to visitors and buildings, works are expected to make museums more financially resilient, with improved environmental performance reducing carbon emissions, better access for disabled people and a stronger contribution to the local community. ACE is holding an event at 10am on 7th June offering guidance to potential applicants. The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 5th July, with the application stage beginning  on 2nd August. ACE, ACE (introduction to MEND webinar), ACE (blog), Museums Journal