The DAS offers two Collections Access Grants of £5000 each which aim to support curators in extending access to and knowledge of the decorative arts in their collections.

The Grant 

Applications from individual UK curators may include requests for funding

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.

How to Apply: please include in your submission of no more than 1000 words

  • How the grant will be spent (with a rough budget breakdown) and a realistic timeframe for the project
  • Details of the project and how it will develop curatorial expertise and collections access in your museum
  • Why you are applying for a grant and why the project cannot be funded from elsewhere.

Please also attach a short CV of no more than one side of A4 and a letter of support from your Director or equivalent.

Deadlines for applications:  15 March and 15 September.  Applications should be sent to Sarah Nichols, Chair of the DAS Grants Committee, at, who is happy to respond to any queries. 

See award history for previous awardees.