Heritage Lottery Fund Application

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Museum Director

Museum Director and Curator Sharon Webb at Scottish Parliament


In December 2013, we submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to redevelop the Museum which was considered by the London Trustees at the end of March 2014. We heard recently that our application was not successful. HLF praised the quality of the application entitled ‘Telling Scotland’s Oldest Stories’ and they were keen to emphasise that they recognise the international significance of Argyll’s heritage and the important role that Kilmartin Museum plays in conserving and telling the story of this heritage. HLF advised however, that despite the quality of the application, there is a very high demand for funds and that our proposal – which had requested 60% funding from HLF – was not as competitive compared to others who had asked for lower percentages, or had match funding already secured.

The percentage we asked HLF for was based on an assessment of the realistic possibility of us being able to obtain match funding, which is always going to be more challenging in Argyll than other areas of Scotland. Obviously we are disappointed, given the huge amount of work put into the application by so many people and because we have such a worthwhile project which will bring huge benefits to the whole of Argyll. We understand however, that it is not unusual for a project to make more than one bid before securing funding and importantly, HLF have advised that they would welcome a second bid with a revised financial request.

One of the ways the bid amount can be reduced, is to increase funding from other areas and with this in mind, the Trustee Chair Gordon Gray Stephens, Sharon Webb, the Museum Director and Kay Owen, the Development Administrative Officer visited Scottish Parliament recently to discuss the project with MSP’s and public bodies. There was unanimous recognition that the redevelopment of Kilmartin Museum is a crucial aspect of Argyll’s cultural, educational and tourism provision as well as vital to the area’s economic future.

Encouraged by positive feedback both from this meeting and from HLF, we are working to prepare a second bid and are pleased that Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll and Bute Council plan to support the Museum through this process. A specialist consultant has also been appointed to deliver a revised fundraising strategy.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the project so far, we will keep you updated on our progress, with more news to follow soon.
In the meantime, if you would like more information on the project please feel free to contact Kay Owen, kay@kilmartin.org

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