Volunteers running Grantham Museum have launched a new scheme as they struggle to meet the costs of keeping the facility open.
The group took over in 2011 when Lincolnshire County Council took the decision to close as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Museum chairman Helen Goral said: “The reality is that funding sources for operational costs such as staff and utilities has been dramatically cut over recent years. Until now, we have relied purely on donations and merchandise sales to pay the £2,000 a month it costs to keep the museum open, however this model alone is simply not sustainable.
“As a result we are proudly launching our Corporate Membership Scheme, specifically designed to involve local businesses who wish to see our town’s heritage preserved, as well as taking advantage of what the museum can offer in return.”
Plans are in place to refurbish and renovate the museum to make way for new interactive exhibition spaces that all members of the community and visitors from further afield will be proud of, said Helen.
For a minimum donation of £50 per month, businesses will receive the following benefits:
* Their logo on a monthly newsletter distributed to over 300 people
* Their business details, logo and links on websites reaching over 700 people a month
* A dedicated display area within the museum for them to advertise seen by a minimum of 500 visitors a month
* 50 per cent discount on room hire
* 20 per cent discount in the museum shop
* Use of the Grantham Museum corporate sponsor logo on their website and correspondence
Helen added: “Supporting the museum in this way will give you cost effective advertising, good public relations, recognition for supporting the community within which you operate, and tax breaks for registered charitable giving.
“Support from local businesses will mean we can sustain this important and integral part of our community, and I urge the business community to consider this request to ensure Grantham Museum can continue to prosper long into the future.”
To pledge your support, contact Helen via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07947 569298.