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

We are continuing to accept applications for support from the National Fund for Acquisitions while working remotely. Please contact us at nfa@nms.ac.uk to discuss potential acquisitions.

We can pay any outstanding grants if you submit your grant claim form (let us know if you need a copy of the form). We can also delay grant payments beyond our usual three-month deadline if that is what is required.

Email: nfa@nms.ac.uk / Telephone: 0131 247 4106

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 2019-20 the Fund made 55 payments totalling £158,554, enabling 23 organisations across Scotland to make acquisitions worth £870,875. 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.

If you are interested in applying please contact:

Hazel Williamson
NFA Manager
Tel: 0131 247 4106

Fiona Thornton
National & International Partnerships Officer
Tel: 0131 247 4024

Or email nfa@nms.ac.uk.

NFA Application Form - PDF 

NFA Application Form - Word file

Annual reports

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

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