Small Grants Scheme: Practitioners and Researchers in the Museum Sector in Ireland

17 Jun 2021

The Irish Museums Trust (IMT) is pleased to announce a small grant scheme comprising five grants up to a maximum of €1,000 each, to be awarded twice a year, administered in partnership with the all-island Irish Museums Association (IMA).

The grants are aimed at those working in the museum sector in Ireland and students involved in researching a subject, at MLitt or doctoral level, relevant to the understanding, management or development of museums across the island. Another objective of the scheme is to enhance networking and peer-to-peer exchanges of knowledge and mutual support, nationally or internationally, among those working in Irish museums.

Terms & Conditions

For the purpose of the scheme, the ICOM definition of a museum applies: “a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”

As one of the main purposes of the awards is to support the continuous, life-long development of museum staff, there is no age limit.

Application forms must be endorsed by the director or CEO of a recognised museum. Academic applicants will need the endorsement of their designated academic supervisor.

Applications must indicate how the award will contribute to the applicant’s capacity to make an enhanced contribution to the Irish museum sector. In the case of academic applicants, they must demonstrate (a) the direct relevance of their work to Irish museums and (b) how the grant will practically assist with the research in hand. IMA membership may constitute a preferential factor in adjudicating the applications.

The committee will exercise its discretion in deciding whether the full amount of the award or a lesser amount is appropriate in each instance. To facilitate this evaluation, a full breakdown of costs should be provided.

Applicants are expected to make realistic and proportionate applications. (For example, where €500 is sufficient to cover the costs of a proposed project, this should be clearly stated). Applicants may be requested to produce an open access report and/or presentation of findings.

It is intended that there will be two submission dates annually. Applications will be by online submission only.

How to Apply

Applications open on 15th June 2021, from which date the application form will be available on both the IMT and IMA websites. The closing date for applications will be 31st July 2021. Successful applicants will be informed by 1st September 2021.

Applications can be made online via SurveyMonkey on the below form or via this link:

Alternatively, scroll to the end of the page to download a word document version of the application form and return to or with subject line: IMT-IMA Research Grant.

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IMT-IMA Research Grant application form