The Regional Museums Services Project is ainitiative delivered by AMaGA Victoria and made possible through the support of Creative Victoria and the Victorian State Government’s Working for Victoria funding program.  

About the project:   

The Regional Museums Services Project is a short-term program, primarily designed to provide targeted support and guidance to regional Victorian museums and community collecting organisations as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and begin to re-open and re-engage with their communities under COVID-normal conditions.  

During early 2021 to the end of July, Project Officers will provide a selection of services and guidance tailored to an identified priority area for eligible organisations. Capacity for this project is limited.

Please read on to learn more about the program, including the types of activities covered and eligibility requirements. Expressions of interest to participate can be submitted here.

Who is eligible? 

To participate you must be: 

  • small to medium-sized museum or community collecting organisation 
  • Volunteer-run or have no more than EFT (equivalent full-time) paid staff members 
  • Located within a regional Victorian Local Government Area 
  • Available between 1 March 2021 and 30 July 2021* 

*Note: engagement with selected organisations will be scheduled during this period 

Organisations are ineligible to participate if they are: 

  • current or previous participant in the AMaGA Victoria Veterans Heritage Project. 
  • Located within a Metropolitan Melbourne Local Government Area  
  • Have more than 2 EFT paid staff 

Please note:  

  • 2021 participants in the Regional Digitisation Project are eligible to apply but will not receive priority consideration if interest exceeds capacity 
  • You do not need to be a member of AMaGA Victoria to apply 

Project capacity 

There are a limited number of places in each region for participation in this program*. 

If interest exceeds capacity, priority consideration will be given to organisations seeking support and guidance with: 

  • Re-opening after COVID-19 closure 
  • Operating under COVID-safe conditions and standards 
  • Re-engaging with their communities or volunteers, or engaging new audiences 

*NoteDue to the limited duration of this project, interested organisations above the project’s capacity will be placed on a waitlistInclusion on this waitlist will not guarantee participation in the program.  

What type of assistance will be offered?  

This project will provide a selection of support and services tailored to your organisation's priority needEach participating organisation will receive a documented summary of the concern or issue raised, description of the support or advice given, and record possible next steps for your organisation to follow. 

Contact with Officers will be through a range of avenues, including phone, email and video-conferencingA site-visit may be available where appropriate and if safe to do so, and will be discussed directly with each successful organisation.  

Examples of possible projects that could be undertaken during the program*: 

  • Advice to safely re-open under COVID-normal conditions  
  • Support for developing a COVID-safe plan  
  • Advice on adapting office and public spaces for social distancing 
  • Advice on re-engaging with volunteers 
  • Support with informing the community that the organisation is open  
  • Advice and guidance for implementing online or social media content  
  • Making recommendations on how existing programs could be adapted to be COVID-safe or delivered online 
  • Guidance on how to manage an influx of donation offers from people clearing out their homes during lockdowns 
  • Support with or feedback on grant applications, or budget development 
  • Advice and support with developing new documentation and education resources  
  • Advice and support on updating and renewing exhibitions 
  • Providing guidance on collection issues, which may have arisen while your organisation has been closed  

*Note: Many approaches to this program are possible, Project Officers will consider all types of activities or needs at your organisation. 

What is NOT provided by the program? 

  • Direct financial support or funding for your organisation from AMaGA Victoria 
  • Ongoing training or support for your specified concerns beyond the duration of this program 
  • Program Officers will be unable to create or write new exhibitions, programs, or documentation, but will instead support and guide your organisation through the process if needed 

How to express your interest: 

Expressions of interest in this program  can be submitted here.

Project Officers will begin evaluating applications from early March 2021. Applications will be able to be submitted through to 4 July 2021, or until capacity for the program is reached.  

Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their submission, and successful applicants will be contacted by a Project Officer to discuss your priority needs further and negotiate the support and guidance program with your organisation 

How can I learn more? 

If you are unsure of your eligibility or need help with the application process, please contact Jackie Fraser (Project Manager, Regional Museums Services) at jackiefraser@amagavic.org.au 

The Regional Museums Services Project is proudly supported by: