VAT Refund Scheme for Museums & Galleries Reopened

The DCMS has announced that the VAT Refund Scheme for museums and galleries has been reopened for applications. The latest guidance for museums looking to apply can be found here. Museums may request an application form by emailing In order to apply, museums must meet the following eligibility criteria:  

  • Be open to the general public for at least 30 hours per week, without exception
  • Offer free entry, without prior appointment
  • Hold collections in a purpose-built building
  • Display details of free entry and opening hours on the museum or gallery website

Museums and galleries will also be required to complete a strategic business case as part of the application process, which must include:

  • Proof of Arts Council England Accredited status (or equivalent)
  • Past and/or projected visitor figures
  • Information on existing and planned education programmes and community engagement work

Applications will close at 5pm 5th January 2023. Museums may direct any enquires they have about the scheme to

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