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5th August 2016 Aaron McGregor

Further funding for Future Proof Museums

We are delighted to be among 94 museums and organisations across England to receive funding from Arts Council England through their Museum Resilience Fund for our Future Proof Museums programme, which we piloted last year.

The Arts Council’s Museum Resilience Fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses. A total of £12.3million has been awarded across the 94 successful projects.

Future Proof Museums is an intensive strategic change programme which enables museums to create a compelling manifesto to share across their museums; develop their business model and explore how it delivers value in line with their purpose; innovate around this model; provide a clear toolkit to review how to benefit from change; and give insight into the leadership culture within their organisation.

The programme consists of three stages: Stage One involves an experienced trainer working with the museum teams within their organisation in a diagnostic session; Stage Two brings the leaders of the organisations together for a three-day intensive residential training programme; and Stage Three provides on-going mentoring support, facilitation and leadership development with the museums’ teams.

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. We’re really pleased to be able to support the AMA’s Future Proof Museums. It is very important that museums are equipped with the skills they need to maximise their sustainability and resilience. Future Proof Museums will do just that, supporting museums across England.”

A full list of successful applicants can be found on the Arts Council England website, as well as more details about the Museums Resilience Fund.

We will shortly be opening applications for the next round of Future Proof Museums, if you are interested in taking part please contact verity@a-m-a.co.uk or register your interest here.

Image courtesy of Museum of Science and Industry (c) Chris Foster

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