MDNW Emergency Funding Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are pleased to announce our new programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we will soon be releasing a short document summarising both funding pots in terms of what’s available, eligibility and what’s needed to apply. We will also be releasing a short recorded webinar that offers guidance and advice to museums wanting to apply and this will be available as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will be offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

ACE – 16th April and 30th April
NLHF: TBC

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance and watched the video
  • or, proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • Which funder will you be applying to
  • Which deadline you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

For the option to have your draft proofed by Laura please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which deadline you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All 25 slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are:

  • Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation – organisations Working Towards Accreditation are ineligible for ACE funding but can apply to NLHF if they meet the other criteria
  • Not national museums or National Portfolio Organisations

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector before we finish for the Easter break. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (8th April)

 

Upcoming events
Coronavirus and your charity: What Chairs need to know
TODAY Wednesday 8th April 2020 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm webinar
Organised by the Association of Chairs, headline topics include:

  • Governance in the new normal – online meetings, trustee decision making, and AGMs.
  • HR issues – what chairs need to know about the job retention scheme
  • Finance and solvency.

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities including Association of Chairs members and non-members.

Fundraising forum at 4
Wednesday 15th April 2020, 4pm
Zoom
AIM are hosting an online fundraising forum for AIM members

 

Arts Council England
Emergency funding package (1st April)
Since our last COVID-19 blog post ACE have updated the FAQs on their website.

The first round of the fund opens for applications tomorrow and will close on 16th April. The second round opens for applications on 16th April and closes 30th April. There will be no further funding from this fund after that.

If you don’t already have a Grantium profile, please register by Monday 13th  April for the first round, otherwise there is no guarantee that your profile will have been validated in time. Use this guidance to help you.

We have had some feedback from museums finding it difficult to set up an applicant profile in Grantium, where the operating name of the museum is different to that of the legal name of the organisation – typically this applies to longstanding charitable associations/heritage organisations that existed long before operating a museum. Some brief notes on this are Grantium applicant name advice.

You must be an Accredited museum with experience in the last three years of delivering work that was funded (directly or indirectly) by bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, local authorities, universities, public sector bodies, trusts and foundations etc.

Your museum needs to have been part of the delivery of publicly funded work, even if they didn’t directly apply for the funding themselves.

Please note that if you haven’t directly received funding from any of the above bodies, but you have had a Sustainable Improvement Fund grant from Museum Development North West or any other grant funding from MDNW in the last three years, you are still eligible to apply. This counts as indirect funding from ACE.

Museums which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

Museums can apply for funding of up to £35,000 to be used within six months of receiving a grant.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund
Short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites NLHF have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

Decisions on awards under the Heritage Emergency Fund will be made as quickly as possible to support the sector. Awards will be made on the basis of a set of criteria to identify those with the greatest need. They will also need to meet the following three requirements:

  • organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant
  • organisations with limited or no access to other emergency initiatives from other funding bodies and Lottery Distributors
  • organisations where there is limited scope to repurpose existing funding for a project

Grants will be open for applications and further details provided on the selection criteria and how to apply shortly. Please keep checking NLHF’s website for details.

 

MDNW (8th April)
Emergency funding bid writing

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from ACE and NLHF we are working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to support non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

25 slots will be available to book with Laura to either discuss the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, or proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information see here.

Funding sources information
The ‘Funding Sources’ section on our website has been updated with details of responses from the funders to the COVID-19 situation, and indicates where standard funding streams are still running as usual and open for applications, or new funding streams have been introduced to respond to COVID-19.

 

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund (8th April)
Applications are now paused to this fund.

DCMS Museums & galleries sector Coronavirus bulletin 20200406 (003) (6th April 2020)

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (7th April)
Includes update to guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In line with Manchester University’s closure days for Easter, the MDNW team will be away from work from Thursday 9th to Tuesday 14th April inclusive, so any further COVID-19 developments won’t be posted here until after that date.

 

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund – deadline for applications 7th May 2020

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has reopened for applications. The Fund is designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to significant works held in collections across the country. The programme is generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and will support cultural settings to secure strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities. Art Fund recognises the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit.

In this second phase of funding Art Fund has widened the pool of eligible lenders (to include non-nationals that lend under certain conditions) and will be holding two application rounds per year. Further details can be found in the Guidance for applicants.

Art Fund has opened the application process and welcomes proposals from non-national public museums, galleries, historic houses and other institutions with permanent collections. The application process is online, and the closing date for applications is midnight on 7 May 2020. If you’re not ready to apply in this round, there will be another round this year, and two per year in 2021 and 2022.

Full details of the programme, and advice on developing and delivering a loan project, can be found via Art Fund’s website

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840
pbull@artfund.org

 

 

 

List your virtual events on Fantastic for Families!

From Fantastic for Families:

We’re very excited to announce that Fantastic for Families is now listing online events for families.

If you have a live performance, class or workshop coming up, you can now add it to the site by logging in and visiting the My Online Events tab. As always, listing your event is completely free.

As usual, your listings will be disseminated to a wide range of partner organisations. We’re working closely with all of our partners, including Netmums, In Your Area, and others, to ensure maximum exposure for your events, to reach as many families as possible.

Our family-facing press launch takes place this Wednesday 8th April, so add your online events TODAY to benefit from this extra promotion.

If your online event isn’t ready yet, don’t worry – we’ll still be promoting and sending families to the website after the initial launch.

My activity isn’t live. What do I do?

We’re also adding the facility to list your at-home creative resources and pre-recorded content on the site. As soon as that’s available, we’ll drop you a line.

To add your online events, click here.

Bridging the Gap: Bursaries from Curious Minds

Curious Minds logoFrom Curious Minds:

Fast turnaround CPDL bursaries from Curious Minds, for cultural education freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations whose main work is with schools or children & young people

During this unprecedented period of crisis, we have suspended usual ‘Bridge’ activity and will be re-directing that energy and resource into supporting the North West’s cultural education ecology to emerge at the other side of the Coronavirus crisis in as strong a position as possible. ‘Bridging the Gap’ is our first response, we hope it will be the first of many.

We’re offering bursaries to freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations mall or community based organisations outside the ACE National Portfolio, payable upon approval of a short application. This money should allow those in the cultural education community the space for their own development, and hopefully ‘bridge the gap’ between now and the receipt of any emergency grants or funding.

Applications will open on Monday 6th April at 9am and full guidance is available on our website. Click here to find out more.

Nice Things for Museum People: Health and Wellbeing: How to be more sloth

Welcome to the third of our Monday morning blog posts for our museum colleagues. As with the others of these posts, we hope they will help you feel that you’re staying connected with us and the North West museums sector in some way. Read them if they’re helpful to you, ignore them if they’re not.

Last week we shared a playlist we have created to help those that are still working within their museums, but this week we want to focus on health and wellbeing and being more sloth…

The health and wellbeing of museum visitors and the people that work within them are hugely important to us, and whilst we are currently delivering an Organisational Health and Wellbeing Programme, not every organisation is able to participate which is why we have pulled together a list of activities you can do online and in the comfort of your own home. Please note though, that this is only a small list and there are a huge amount of activities only clicks away!

First up is some great practical advice from Mind, which gives you advice if you’re feeling anxious or isolated. It covers everything from working remotely best practice to taking care of your home environments.

To encourage you to keep working out, the NHS have created some simple 10-minute workout videos that can be followed from the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to good health and wellbeing, good nutrition is key to keeping well, especially in the current situation and Hero Wellbeing have a blog that gives advice, suggests recipes and recommends foods to try.

Next up, Manchester Art Gallery offers access to their online mindfulness audio guides and activities. Led by Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery, the activities help you to relax whilst taking in and contemplating some of the gallery’s most iconic pieces. Louise also recommends this guide to supporting your mental health during COVID-19 outbreak from the Mental Health Foundation.

Manchester Museum also have their wonderful Cultural First Aid Kit which was developed for use in hospitals but which can be used anywhere.

What does the MDNW team do though?

Well Alex is a keen cinephile and watches as many films as possible, whilst making sure to go to his local nature reserve to see the ducks and say hi to the horses.

Lynsey is watching Muppet Christmas Carol and doesn’t care that it’s unseasonal. She’s also made a start on all those books in the bookcase she’s been meaning to read.

Kaye loves to watch re-runs of Absolutely Fabulous and anything with Victoria Wood in it. She also loves to read in bed and listen to audio books whilst painting (including painting the house or with her kids!)

Abdullah takes a daily walk and also uses this time to learn something new. He also speaks to friends and family online regularly and enjoys gardening.

Lastly (and we know you’re waiting for this bit), we all need to learn to be more sloth. Inspired by Sarah Ford’s book “Be A Sloth, & when in doubt, just chill out” we’ve been trying to be more sloth-like this last year, and now more than ever sloth’s wise words in the book are resonating with us.

Be a Sloth book cover

Be a Sloth book cover

Here’s just a few from him:

 

Sloth was being kind to himself

Sloth thought that sometimes you just had to go through it

Sloth had tuned out the chatter

Sloth silenced his inner critic

Sloth thought it was a mistake to underestimate the power of slow

Every now and again, Sloth liked to turn his life upside down (I think we can all say this one has been achieved recently!)

Sloth liked to try new things

Sloth was eating mindfully

Sloth thought laughter was the best medicine

Sloth got great pleasure from small things

 

And with that we’ll finish this week’s post and make sure we remember the wise words above.

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of the announcements about COVID-19 relevant to the sector that have come out this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (3rd April)

 

Arts Council England
Emergency funding package (1st April)
Emergency funding package for museums outside of the National Portfolio.

You must be an Accredited museum with experience in the last three years of delivering work that was funded (directly or indirectly) by bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, local authorities, universities, public sector bodies, trusts and foundations etc.

Your museum needs to have been part of the delivery of publicly funded work, even if they didn’t directly apply for the funding themselves.

Please note that if you haven’t directly received funding from any of the above bodies, but you have had a Sustainable Improvement Fund grant from Museum Development North West or any other grant funding from MDNW in the last three years, you are still eligible to apply. This counts as indirect funding from ACE.

Museums which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

Museums can apply for funding of up to £35,000 to be used within six months of receiving a grant.

The funding is to support organisations that do not receive regular funding from the Arts Council by providing some financial assistance during this time and giving them the best chance to be in a position to continue once the situation created by the COVID-19 emergency has eased.

The funding could be used to cover:

  • Activity intended to prevent your organisation ceasing operation due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 emergency, or example:
    • urgent changes of business model
    • essential operational costs (such as rent and staff costs)
    • IT and other equipment-related costs to support home working

 and/or

  • Development and delivery of activity specifically designed to be deliverable during the next six months, including:
    • development projects in readiness for organisations restarting normal operations, for example organisational development, and/or
    • public facing projects, for example digital/online projects

There will be two rounds of this fund.

You can apply to only one of these rounds. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if ACE are unable to offer you a grant in the first round.

The budget will be split equally across both rounds. Please apply to the round that suits your circumstances best.

Round one Round two
Portal opens for applications

 

Thursday 9 April 2020 Thursday 16 April 2020
Portal closes for applications

 

Thursday 16 April 2020 (12pm midday) Thursday 30 April 2020 (12pm midday)

If you don’t already have a Grantium profile, please try to register by Monday 13 April 2020 for the first round, otherwise there is no guarantee that your profile will have been validated in time. Use this guidance to help you.

We have had some feedback from museums finding it difficult to set up an applicant profile in Grantium, where the operating name of the museum is different to that of the legal name of the organisation – typically this applies to longstanding charitable associations/heritage organisations that existed long before operating a museum. Some brief notes on this are here – Grantium applicant name advice

ACE has also pulled together the latest support and guidance for organisations and individuals.

ACE has also just published some FAQs about the pause to the Accreditation scheme until April 2021.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund
Short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites NLHF have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

The Heritage Emergency Fund will be available as:

  • A fund that organisations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000-£50,000 will be available
  • A select number of key strategic investments where heritage is identified as at greatest risk. This could include grant increases to funded projects that are currently underway.

Decisions on awards under the Heritage Emergency Fund will be made as quickly as possible to support the sector. Awards will be made on the basis of a set of criteria to identify those with the greatest need. They will also need to meet the following three requirements:

  • organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant
  • organisations with limited or no access to other emergency initiatives from other funding bodies and Lottery Distributors
  • organisations where there is limited scope to repurpose existing funding for a project

Grants will be open for applications and further details provided on the selection criteria and how to apply in the next few days.

 

MDNW (3rd April)
Emergency funding bid writing support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from ACE and NLHF we are working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to support non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

25 slots will be available to book with Laura to either discuss the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, or proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information and to book a slot see here.

Funding sources information
We are in the middle of updating the ‘Funding Sources’ tab on our website to reflect the responses from funders on how they’re supporting grantees at the moment, indicating where usual grant programmes are still running as normal, and details of new or repurposed grant streams specifically in response to COVID-19. This will be updated before Easter.

 

Association of Independent Museums (31st March)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including listing the current financial support available for museums as employers, businesses and charities, as well as finance support information for individuals.

AIM is also offering one-to-one online advice surgeries for AIM members. These are one hour slots via email, phone or video conferencing, using the consultants who normally provide expertise to AIM’s Prospering Boards programme.

AIM is also offering free HR advice to members to assist on issues around coronavirus, in conjunction with AIM’s HR provider TheHRDept

 

Security and collections care advice during lockdown
Collections Trust is collating information and advice on security and collections care on its new Collections in Lockdown page.

AIM also has a page on their website

On Tuesday 7th April Collections Trust will be hosting an online discussion on caring for your collections during lockdown. More details here.

 

 Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund (30th March)
This fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year can apply. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.

Small Charities Coalition has resources and guidance for small charities.

DCMS Coronavirus bulletin 20200330 (30th March 2020)

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (2nd April)

 

Culture in Quarantine

the_space_logoThe Culture in Quarantine fund has now been launched by The Space (see here for more details). The aim is to select 25 commissions, value £3k to £8k, to make video, audio or interactive work for broadcast on BBC channels initially. It must be inspired by present conditions of social isolation and be ready for broadcast before the end of July. Applicants must be artists or organisations applying on behalf of artists. The window for applications is very tight – up to 5pm on 8th April only.

 

 

MDNW Emergency Funding Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are pleased to announce our new programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we will soon be releasing a short document summarising both funding pots in terms of what’s available, eligibility and what’s needed to apply. We will also be releasing a short recorded webinar that offers guidance and advice to museums wanting to apply and this will be available as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will be offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

ACE – 16th April and 30th April
NLHF: TBC

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance and watched the video
  • or, proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • Which funder will you be applying to
  • Which deadline you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

For the option to have your draft proofed by Laura please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which deadline you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All 25 slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are:

  • Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation – organisations Working Towards Accreditation are ineligible for ACE funding but can apply to NLHF if they meet the other criteria
  • Not national museums or National Portfolio Organisations

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund launched

Yesterday National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) announced £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

It will provide short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites NLHF have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

The Heritage Emergency Fund will be available as:

  • A fund that organisations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000-£50,000 will be available
  • A select number of key strategic investments where heritage is identified as at greatest risk. This could include grant increases to funded projects that are currently underway.

Decisions on awards under the Heritage Emergency Fund will be made as quickly as possible to support the sector. Awards will be made on the basis of a set of criteria to identify those with the greatest need. They will also need to meet the following three requirements:

  • organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant
  • organisations with limited or no access to other emergency initiatives from other funding bodies and Lottery Distributors
  • organisations where there is limited scope to repurpose existing funding for a project

Grants will be open for applications and further details provided on the selection criteria and how to apply in the next few days.