About the Project

The project is unique in that it offers a bespoke programme of support tailored to meet the development needs of each participating museum. The programme includes: three core training sessions; topic specific workshops; mentoring; one-to-one coaching sessions for Boards of Trustees; opportunities to make connections with prospective donors through showcasing events, Chamber of Commerce events and donor engagement events; a peer development programme; in-house training; masterclasses and online collaboration.

Each year (2014-17), up to ten museums join the project and form a cohort which complete the core training together and develop closer links to support each other through peer development and informal networking. The cohort model helps participants build connections which can be sustained beyond the life of the project. A Project Advisory Group made up of donors from the philanthropic and business community advise the project team and engage with participating museums giving invaluable feedback and insight from a donor perspective.

In addition to the support given to the museums participating in the project, the project is committed to sharing the learning, specifically with museums from across the wider South region. The fundraising portal further supports this aim.