Funding News

The People’s Fund

Money available for October events

Thanks to generous members of the public, Culture 24 are delighted to announce that their new Museums at Night People’s Fund has 3 x £100 bursaries to give away, to support three cultural or heritage organisations to deliver events as part of the October festival.

Winning venues will also receive guaranteed publicity through the Museums at Night website and social media channels, and a free event marketing consultation.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and fill in the simple three-question application form, visit:

The deadline to apply is 5.00pm on Monday 1 August 2016.

AIM and Biffa Award 

New £1million History Makers Fund

Biffa Award and the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) announce the launch of a new £1million fund to celebrate ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ at AIM’s National Conference.

History Makers will fund museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today.

The programme will be a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM member museums of up to £75,000. It builds on the very successful collaboration between AIM and Biffa Award from 2012-2014, which saw £1.5m invested in National Heritage Landmark Projects, saving some of the UK’s most important industrial heritage.

Applications to History Makers will open in July and the closing date for the first annual round will be 31 October 2016.

In the meantime, museums with a potential project or wanting more information are invited to contact Justeen Stone, AIM’s Grants and Finance Officer, on 01584 878151 or

Find out more at:

Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund

Grants up to £6,000

Nerys Johnson (1942-2001) directed that all the artwork created by her be sold and the proceeds used to buy works by living artists for public galleries. She further directed that her Trustee(s) be helped and advised by her friend and colleague, Julian Spalding. Much of this work is now carried out through the Nerys Johnson Contemporary Art Fund (NJCA Fund).

The purpose of the NJCA Fund is to assist institutions to acquire paintings by artists whose work is distinctive in its imaginative use of colour. All media are eligible. Special consideration will be given to galleries/institutions that actively use their collections in educational programmes.

The NJCA Fund works directly with the professional staff from the gallery. Approaches can be made at any time during the year, starting a period of consultation which might involve a site visit to the gallery and a viewing of the work, prior to a decision being taken by the Trust. Grants will normally be up to £6,000, though larger grants may be considered. Grants may be for the outright purchase of a painting, or for a proportion of the purchase price, supplementing contributions from other grant-giving bodies. Once a grant is awarded, it should be publicly acknowledged in press releases, on gallery labels and other publicity/ information produced by the successful institution. Notice of the award will be entered on the Fund’s own website.

To find out more visit website:, or contact either:

Mrs S Teff (Trustee), Tel 0208 886 2558, Email or

Julian Spalding (Artistic Adviser), 90 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JR, Tel 0131 226 3798, Email



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