The Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund was established in 2000. Since then £36 million has been allocated for the refurbishment of gallery space. The programme is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Grants are made up to the level of £300,000.
The renewal of the programme for two further funding rounds, each awarding £4 million, was announced in February 2011.
''The DCMS/Wolfson Fund has had a huge impact on the museums sector and is a much-valued source of funding. It is often the major, one-off philanthropic donations that make the headlines, but the myriad of grants and improvements that the fund supports are just as vital to museums and galleries and the Wolfson Foundation is equally deserving of our gratitude.''
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: ''We are pleased to be working alongside government to fund the refurbishment of the country's museum and galleries. The funding has already supported a fabulous array of projects ranging from Egyptian mummies to scent bottles. We hope that the renewal of this programme will further improve the experience of visitors.''
Bids will be invited for the first round of funding in April 2011.