Capital Awards

The Capital Awards have been replaced by the Public Engagement Fund.

Previously, Capital Awards funded the creation and renewal of exhibition and engagement spaces, usually within museums or science centres in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Scheme at a glance

This scheme is now closed

Where your audience is:

UK, Republic of Ireland

Level of funding:

Usually above £250,000

Who can apply

You can apply for a Capital Award if:

  • You’re part of an organisation with exhibition or engagement space. This space must engage the public with ideas about health and wellbeing, and must need to be renewed, replaced or redeveloped.

or

  • You want to set up a new organisation or space that engages the public with ideas about health and wellbeing. 

Your organisation should be in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. If it's based outside these areas, but has strategic links with the Trust's work, we may still consider your project.

Your project should:

  • propose an innovative and ambitious vision for engaging people with ideas about health and wellbeing
  • attract at least 30,000 visitors a year
  • remain accessible to visitors for at least eight years after completion
  • draw on academic research related to health and wellbeing.

Financial expectations
Your project should involve funding from other sources (ie charitable, private or government).

Your organisation must commit to providing ongoing operational costs over the lifetime of the exhibition or engagement space.

Capital Awards are usually above £250,000. Support can include:

    development and building/refurbishment

    staff/personnel costs for those who are essential to the project

    initial public engagement programming costs

  • Equipment purchase

    You can ask for items of equipment that are essential to your proposed engagement project. Costs may include purchase, delivery, installation, maintenance and training, where necessary.

    We will cover VAT and import duties if:

    • the usual UK exemptions on equipment used for medical research don’t apply
    • you’re applying from a non-UK organisation, and you can show these costs can’t be recovered.

    Equipment maintenance

    We will cover maintenance costs for equipment if:

    • you are requesting it in your application
    • it is equipment we have already funded and the original award used to purchase the equipment has ended
    • it is equipment we have already funded, it is over five years old, and it’s cost effective to keep maintaining it
    • it is equipment funded by another source and you are applying from an organisation outside the UK or Republic of Ireland.

    We won’t cover maintenance costs for equipment if there is a mechanism in place to recoup these costs through access charges.

  • other costs that are essential to the project and you can justify them.

The Capital Awards have been replaced by the Public Engagement Fund.

Disabled applicants

If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.

Definitions

UK
Republic of Ireland

Contact us

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Projects we've funded