The National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA) helps museums, galleries, libraries and archives throughout Scotland to make acquisitions for their collections.

About the National Fund for Acquisitions

National Museums Scotland manages the Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Grant applications are processed in consultation with our specialist staff, the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. We work together to promote the Fund, its activity and benefits to users of Scotland’s collections.

In 2015-16 the Fund made 67 payments to 27 organisations across Scotland. The overall purchase value of the objects was £1,074,221, almost double the figure for the previous year. This is the first time the total value of acquisitions supported by the NFA has exceeded £1 million. You can apply to the NFA for assistance with a purchase if you meet the Fund guidelines.

Coloured glass panel, ‘Music’ designed by David Gauld, c1891, acquired by Glasgow Museums

Above: Coloured glass panel, ‘Music’ designed by David Gauld, c1891, acquired by Glasgow Museums

How to apply

Before applying, we first recommend that you download and read the Guidance for Applicants [PDF 126KB].

If you are interested in applying please contact:

Hazel Williamson
NFA Manager
Tel: 0131 247 4106

Karyn McGhee
National and International Partnerships Officer
Tel: 0131 247 4024

Or email nfa@nms.ac.uk.

National Fund for Acquisitions Application Form - PDF 

National Fund for Acquisitions Application Form - Word file

Annual reports

The NFA annual reports provide information about grants made by the fund.

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Contact us

Hazel Williamson
NFA Manager
Tel: 0131 247 4106
h.williamson@nms.ac.uk

Karyn McGhee
National and International Partnerships Officer
Tel: 0131 247 4024
k.mcghee@nms.ac.uk