Non-governmental museums; application for funding

The Free State of Bavaria awards grants for projects in the field of non-governmental museums via the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen.

Description

As a service institution of the Free State of Bavaria, the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen (State Office for the Preservation of Monuments), which is part of the Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments), supports and advises the non-governmental museums in all specialist matters of museum work. The Landesstelle provides state funding for projects of non-state museums.

Beneficiaries

The non-governmental museums supported by the Landesstelle include institutions maintained by local authorities, i.e. districts, counties, towns and municipalities, but also by institutions under public law such as religious communities or institutions and foundations

under public law.

In addition, private-law forms of sponsorship also play an important role in the case of non-governmental museums: these include, in particular, museums run by associations, foundations, companies and private individuals, provided that they are regularly open to the public.

Object and eligible costs

State grants to non-governmental museums in Bavaria can be awarded by the Landesstelle for the following purposes

, among others:
  • Concepts (e.g. feasibility studies, utilization and exhibition concepts),
  • Museum furnishings and exhibition design (with the exception of special and temporary exhibitions),
  • Creation of suitable conservation conditions for the presentation and safekeeping of museum objects in exhibition and storage rooms, e.g. through the planning of measures for climate stabilisation and light protection as well as for the establishment of depots (preventive conservation),
  • conservation and restoration of museum objects
  • Projects in the field of inventory and documentation as well as digitisation,
  • projects for the scientific indexing of museum holdings, in particular provenance research,
  • didactic indexing of museum holdings (e.g. through infographics or audiovisual media),
  • transfer of architectural objects to scientifically managed open-air museums,
  • museum education projects, including planning and setting up museum education rooms,
  • sustainable public relations projects.

Grants are awarded as project funding by way of partial financing for investment measures that are of lasting benefit to the museum. Particular importance is attached to measures for the implementation of inclusion. Expenditure on ongoing operations or on special and temporary exhibitions is not eligible for funding. Structural measures, the installation of building services and security equipment in the museum building are also not eligible for funding.

Type and amount

The funding is provided as a share of the total eligible costs. The amount of funding depends on the technical necessity of the measure and the applicant's need.

The significance and urgency of the project are decisive for the allocation of funds.

There is no legal entitlement to funding. Funding will be provided in accordance with the budgetary resources available.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the funding of a measure within the framework of the available budgetary resources are:

  • secure sponsorship,
  • secure and sufficient professional management and staffing,
  • orderly financial circumstances,
  • permanent availability of a meaningful and exhibitable collection,
  • permanent museum operation,
  • regular and sufficient opening hours,
  • usability of the museum as a public educational institution,
  • Establishment of agreement with the state agency on all essential aspects before the planned measure begins,
  • time commitment of the subsidies of at least ten years,
  • permanent availability of suitable premises.

Grants may only be awarded for projects that have not yet been started. However, in justified exceptional cases, it is possible to approve the early start of a measure upon application.

Procedure

The complete application documents must be submitted in writing to the Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern. Before submitting the application, it is recommended to contact the responsible officer at an early stage.

Deadlines

Grant applications must be submitted to the Landesstelle before 30 June of the current year.

Required documents

  • detailed description of the project, including timetable
  • detailed cost and financing plan
  • The Landesstelle may request further documents for the technical assessment.

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gewährung einer Zuwendung
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Auszahlungsantrag
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • Funding procedures are free of charge.

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

An appeal can be filed against a negative funding decision.

Status: 20.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

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