AIM Biffa Award Announce New Round Of ‘History Makers’ Funding

AIM Biffa Award have just launched the second round of funding to be released through the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme will provide AIM member museums and heritage sites with grants of up to £75,000.

This round of funding will support the creation of new exhibitions which will enable the public to learn about and be inspired by 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. Successful applicants will contribute to a ‘virtual trail’ linking the projects and making them accessible to people across the UK.

The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa operations and licensed landfill sites, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund. An expression of interest form of no more than 200 words must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 2 October 2017 for panel review. The final deadline for full applications is 31 October. 2017.

Successful applicants will be required to complete their projects by April 2019 and to create a strong marketing plan to promote their projects and funding locally and nationally. Full information on how to apply is available at: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Kat Tudor, Community Learning & Volunteer Officer at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, who were successful in Round 1 said:

“We applied for the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Grant because we had two prominent engineers that were under represented in our Visitor Centre here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Through the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant, we will now be able to give our visitors a better understanding of the history of the bridge, the engineers behind it and present new objects from our collection. The additional information will not only be displayed on interpretation boards, but will support a new interactive which will be a great tool for education workshops. We would encourage anybody who has a history maker that they feel is under represented to apply for the grant, as it is a great opportunity to tell their story!”

 Key Dates For Applicants
2 Oct 2017 Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline – but the sooner the better
31 Oct 2017 Application Deadline
Jan 2018 Application results and conditional offers made
Mar 2018 Terms of conditional offer met
April 2018 Formal offer and project start
April 2019 Project completion

The assessment panel is chaired by Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and includes members of AIM Council and independent experts from the museum community, including Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums.

For further information please see the AIM website at AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

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