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National Fund for Acquisitions

The National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA) helps museums, galleries, libraries and archives throughout Scotland to make acquisitions for their collections. National Museums Scotland manages the Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Special Funding Scheme
We've launched a Special Funding Scheme to help museums who are struggling to raise match funding for acquisitions.

About the Fund

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 2020-21 the Fund made 27 payments with a total value of £86,354, enabling 17 organisations across Scotland to make acquisitions worth £215,354.

Coloured glass panel, ‘Music’ designed by David Gauld, c1891.

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

How to apply

You can apply to the NFA for assistance with a purchase if you meet the Fund guidelines. Before applying, we first recommend that you read the Guidance for Applicants.

NFA application form (pdf) NFA application form (word)


In you are interested in applying, please contact us.

Hazel Williamson
NFA Manager

E: T: 0131 247 4106

Fiona Thornton
National & International Partnerships Officer

E: T: 0131 247 4024

Guidance on acknowledging NFA support
PDF (518.6 KB)
NFA logos for digital use
ZIP (124.4 KB)
NFA logos for print use
ZIP (2.9 MB)

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