IMT - IMA partnership to offer award for museum practioners and researchers

22 Feb 2020

A new grant scheme, administered by the Irish Museums Trust (IMT) in partnership with the Irish Museums Association (IMA), was announced at the IMA's annual conference on the 22 February 2020.

This annual scheme comprises five grants up to a maximum of €1,000 each to support practitioners and researchers in the museum sector in Ireland.

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.

Given the current climate of uncertainty due to the outbreak of Covid-19, and in view of the above-mentioned objectives of this scheme, the application window (originally scheduled for mid-March - mid-May) has been postponed. We will announce a new date for applications as soon as possible.

About the IMT

The Irish Museums Trust (IMT) was founded in 1978 as a charitable body dedicated to supporting the development of the Irish museum sector on the island of Ireland. In 1986, it was instrumental in setting up the country’s leading academic qualification for management in the cultural sector, the Diploma in Arts Administration at UCD, which became the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in 2002.

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.”