Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but please check the original source for any updates.
Most of the relevant news is already included in the DCMS Museums & Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin published on 16th November – Coronavirus bulletin 20201116. Anything additional, or updates to the information contained in the DCMS bulletin, is listed below.
Latest government information
Latest information and advice (20th November)
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (13th November)
Updated guidance on how to safely involve volunteers in your museum during the pandemic.
Art Fund – Join Together for Museums (19th November)
Art Fund has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £1m to support museums affected by Covid-19.
Arts Council England
National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants are open for applications. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for.
Thriving Communities Fund
The Thriving Communities Fund is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19. It will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects, including those involving museums, that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.
Grants are available from £25,000 to £50,000; application deadline is 8th January 2021.
National Lottery Heritage Fund – Project funding will resume in November 2020
Beginning 25th November, NLHF will resume accepting applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. They will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.
From 8th February 2021, NLHF will resume accepting applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m.
Association of Independent Museums – AIM Hallmarks Grants
A new round of AIM’s Hallmarks grants has been launched; this year grants of up to £10,000 are available to support AIM members address the new Tackling Inequality Hallmark. Deadline 31st January 2021.
Reports & surveys
Museum Freelance – freelancers are invited to complete a survey to find out the impact of Covid-19 on the museum freelance community. It closes on 30th November.
Curious Minds – From Curious In A Crisis to Curious In Recovery, documenting the work Curious Minds has done reaching out to the sector during the pandemic.
Insights Alliance – Following on from the After the Interval and Act 2 surveys the Insights Alliance now has a number of pieces of further analysis based on or including the Act 2 data:
It is also running a webinar, Culture Restart October 2020 Findings on Thursday 26th November, 2pm-3.15pm, covering the initial findings from its new Culture Restart audience tracker, looking at how audiences feel about returning to live events and their attitude to digital alternatives, helping organisations to plan for the future. This research builds on its After the Interval and Act 2 surveys – it is free for cultural organisations to take part.
To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.