Giving a voice to museum people in the North West since 1927

Small Grants

We’re delighted to offer small grants and to provide funding of up to £300 towards professional development activities.

Why apply?

Our CPD Small Grants programme is open to applications from individual members and institutional members of NWFed. If you aren’t already a member, find out how to join here.

We have recently increased our maximum grant to £300 to help you access professional development opportunities like in-person or online training, spending time with another organisation, or any other way of developing your skills and experience. You can apply by completing a short application form below.


Applications must be received by the deadline.

No more than one application can be considered from the same person within a period of one year.

The activity you are applying for funding for should support your current role or one to which you reasonably aspire. Applications are open to volunteers as well as paid staff.

We do not fund activities which have already taken place.

Match funding is not required.

Successful applicants will need to report back on their learning. This can be done by writing a blog for the NWFed News page or presenting at one of our events.

Upcoming application deadlines

Friday 6 September 2024

Applications are considered at our board meetings. We will confirm successful applications within a week of the meeting via email.

Apply now

Please fill out the application form below.

If you cannot submit a written application you can apply verbally over the phone or through a face-to-face meeting. Please contact us if you would like to do this.

Museum Basics

Museums Basics are focused, small group training events covering critical practical museum knowledge, like object marking and labelling, packing and storage, and disaster planning.

In Conversation

Our In Conversation events take place in person and online, covering key current issues in the sector. You’ll hear from expert speakers with inspiring case studies, and have the chance to contribute your expertise too.