- Provides funding for practical costs to help curators from publicly-funded museums 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 from individual UK curators may 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 conserve an object for display
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, who is happy to respond to any queries.
See award history for previous awardees.