Art Fund has announced the first wave of winners for its £2m Reimagine grants programme.
Twenty-two museums, galleries, historic houses and trusts have been awarded a share of £658,331.
Nine organisations have been awarded grants between £5,000 and £15,000, with a further 13 receiving funding up to £50,000.
The programme, which helps projects and networks "navigate their way to recovery" from the pandemic, prioritised applications focused on collections, digital work, audience engagement and the workforce.
Winning bids included a transatlantic slavery project led by National Museums Liverpool, a captioning project by Nottingham Contemporary, and 'Minecraft Museum', a project marrying gaming and curation at The Story Museum.
Visual arts nework CVAN will received funding to strengthen its advocacy and professional development work.
"Museums often produce what seem like miracles on a shoestring, but they need enhanced resources – such as in digital, specialist support and staffing – to truly build for the future," Art Fund Director Jenny Waldman said.
Grant winners for the second wave of funding will be announced in November, with the final round scheduled for December.