Arts Council England announces Renaissance major partner museums and Museum Development Fund

The Arts Council has announced the 16 major partner museums, as well as further details of the Museum Development Fund.

The 16 Renaissance Major partners will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for the next three years as part of its Renaissance programme for regional museums.

These awards follow the Arts Council's assumption of responsibilities for museum development from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

The Arts Council received 29 eligible applications for Major partner funding, requesting a total of £116.4 million over three years. The 16 successful applicants requested £23.5 million a year against an annual budget of approximately £20 million. The exact amounts of each major partner's award will be finalised as part of the negotiations of their funding agreements and published in April.

One year's transitional funding will be available to unsuccessful applicants who currently receive support from the MLA Renaissance hub scheme, to help them adjust to these changes. Levels of transitional funding will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Museum Development Fund
More details of the Renaissance Museum Development fund have also been announced today. This new fund will help to enhance the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector by enabling the sharing of expertise and knowledge, to maximise the benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will open to applications on 7 February and close on 7 March. Information about additional support funds for Museums will be announced in the autumn.