The UK has an active national and international touring exhibitions sector. However, it can be difficult for regional and local UK museums and galleries to develop the networks and contacts to tour their exhibitions internationally. With limited resources for international travel, how can UK museums and galleries meet potential international touring exhibition partners to realise their ambitions for working internationally?
ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations seeking to build reciprocally beneficial international projects and partnerships. Although these grants cannot be used to attend international conference and events, the grants could be used to visit several potential exhibition partners in one country or region. The grant will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.
The 2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, experience and expertise. The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums, galleries and similar organisations who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. Priority will be given to non-national museums, galleries and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.
Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe. The total amount of funding available for 2019-20 is £28,500. 50% of the funding is ring-fenced for travel to ODA countries:
DAC List of ODA Recipients
Further information on eligibility, application guidelines and the application form are available on the ICOM UK website:
Case Studies from previous grant recipients can be read on the ICOM UK website:
Deadlines for applications
Deadline for applications: 09:00 on Monday 14 October 2019
Successful applicants notified: w/c 28 October 2019
Travel must be completed by: 30 June 2020
Enquiries and applications should be sent to [email protected]
ICOM UK is the national branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in the United Kingdom. It is a gateway to the global museum community and the only UK museum association with a dedicated international focus. ICOM UK connects its members to over 40,000 museum professionals in 141 countries and territories, and through its global reach and event programme, contributes to the international agenda of museums in the UK.