DAS 40th Anniversary Fund : Grants Available
1. Annual Collections Access Grant (CAG)
The annual Collections Access Grant, awarded since 2014, aims to support curators in extending access to, and knowledge of, the decorative arts in their collections. The Grant
- provides funding for practical costs to help curators from publicly-funded museums that are open to the public to enhance access to their collections through display, publication or digital media
- is available to fund individual curatorial activities or shared projects.
- gives priority to objects falling within the period 1850 to the present.
Applications fromindividual UK curatorsmay include requests for funding
- to improve or update displays in the decorative arts in a publicly-funded museum,
- to fund a small decorative arts display in whole or in part,
- to assist with publication, both printed and in online form, for example by funding in whole or in part a short-term post to create database records or images.
We are willing to consider funding other kinds of activity, provided the applicant can make a substantive case for its contribution to public access to decorative arts objects. Applicants can also request support towards additional activities to extend existing museum projects.
Deadline: application details are posted on the website and the Award of up to £2000 is made annually in the autumn. Deadline for applications : 15 September to email@example.com.
2. Ad Hoc Grants for Museum Acquisitions
The DAS is prepared to support publicly-funded museums in acquiring objects for their collections which fall within the categories and timescale covered by the Society. Normally no more than half of the purchase price would be contributed, and no grant would exceed £2000. The Society is particularly keen to support smaller museums with limited access to funds.
Deadline : applications should be made ad hoc to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Bursaries for DAS Foreign Tours
The DAS wishes to help decorative arts professionals, researchers and postgraduate students to take part in its foreign study tours, in order to extend the knowledge and contacts of the individuals and to strengthen the link between museums, their staffs and the Society. In 2012 it agreed a new policy of allocating funds for bursaries, in which priority is given to curators in publicly funded UK collections.
Applicants need to specify how attendance on the visit would develop their expertise or be useful in their work. The award covers the full costs of the study visit including accommodation during the visit and travel to and from the destination. If awarded a grant by the Society, the applicant would be expected to provide an article for the DAS Newsletter describing the trip, and a longer record of events which is made available to participants.
Deadline: notices are posted on the website with a deadline normally 6 months ahead of the date of the tour.
4. Bursaries to support Research
As a new initiative in 2016, funding is now being made available from the 40th Anniversary Fund for assistance with travel connected with research in the decorative arts. It is available to decorative arts professionals, researchers and postgraduate students, with priority being given to those working in or attached to publicly funded UK museums or institutions.
The research would need to demonstrate public benefit and relevance to the DAS and its aims, and lead to an outcome for the Society such as an article in its Journal or Newsletter.
Funding would cover travel and subsistence in connection with the research, up to a maximum of £1000.
Deadline: applications should be submitted by 10 January, 10 June, and 10 October to email@example.com for consideration by the Grants Sub-Committee.
1 September 2016