Category: Funding Opportunties

Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England are still accepting applications for their Lottery Project Grants Programme for arts, museums and libraries projects and you can apply for any amount from £1,000 to £100,000.

If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks.

For full details on eligibility, how to apply, the funding guidance visit the the ACE website.

ACE also suggest speaking to the Relationship Managers for Museums before you start your application – Penny Thompson – / Nikola Burdon –


Finding Funds for Fossils, Ferns and Flamingos: How to secure money for museum collections

Wednesday 30th January
World Museum Liverpool

09:30 to 16:30
Booking is now open for NatSCA’s “Finding Funds for Fossils, Ferns and Flamingos: how to secure money for museum collections” on 30th January 2019 at World Museum Liverpool. The programme includes speakers from a wide range of fundraising backgrounds from major grant-giving organisations like Arts Council England to museums with years of successful fundraising experience. Topics will cover the hows, whos and wherefores of grant applications and fundraising as well as looking at attracting donors and sponsorship. Advice and case studies will also give delegates tools to use to become more successful museum fundraisers.


Nathan Lee, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West – Heritage Lottery Fund: the new funding framework for 2019-2024
Graeme Wotherspoon, Head of Individual Giving, RHS Wisley – Using the herbarium to fundraise for the new RHS Science Centre
Abigail Janis-Dillon, Development Executive, Trusts Foundations and Government, Science Museum Group – Stewardship: Building Relationships by Building Trust
Victoria Symes, Institute of Fundraising – Fossils or Fantastic Supporters? Making the most of Friends Groups to Support Your Collections
Andrew Evans, Director of Development, National Museums Liverpool – Writing amazing funding applications
Penny Thompson, Relationship Manager, Museums, Arts Council England – Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Emily Grint, Visufund – From dinosaurs to digital: how to generate funds online
Emma Coleman, Programmes Manager, ArtFund – Funding opportunities for curators

Download the programme here.

£52 Members (email for a discount code)
£72 Non-members

Numbers are limited so please book here early to avoid disappointment.

Bursaries For The Association for Cultural Enterprises Conference 2019

The Association for Cultural Enterprises is offering five free bursary places for smaller museums for their ACE2019 Conference & Trade Show in Brighton on 28th February & 1st March.

The bursaries cover two full days’ attendance, including all conference sessions, refreshments and Gala Dinner, accommodation and travel. They are available to organisations that are Full Members of the Association and received fewer than 50,000 visitors in the last full year.

Funding News

Nesta Cultural Impact Development Fund

Nesta have launched their Arts and Cultural Finance packages. This is a £3.7 million fund to provide repayable loans over 3-5 years for socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The Cultural Impact Development Fund seeks to pioneer the use of financial incentives to drive achievement around social impact, so seeks social outcomes in exchange for financial investment. Please note: these are loans and not a grant, so include repayment plans and interest.

You can find out more here.

Arts Council England (ACE) / V&A Purchase Fund

The ACE / V&A Purchase Fund has confirmed renewed funding until 2022. The Fund uses National Lottery funds to contribute towards the acquisition of objects relating to the arts, literature and history, by museums, galleries, record repositories and specialist libraries in England and Wales which are not funded by central government.

You can find out more on their website.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust Grants

The NMCT offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Our grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers.

The next deadline for the submission of applications is Monday 1st April 2019 and the results will be announced in early July. If you want to plan ahead, the deadline after that is 1st October 2019.

NMCT welcome grant applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust.

For information on how to apply click here.

Energy Redress Scheme – Energy Savings Trust

Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July. Eligible charities that have registered interest in the scheme will be notified when funds become available.

The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.

The scheme can fund projects lasting up to two years, can fund 100 per cent of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures. Click here for more information.

Closing date is ongoing.

Restoration Grants – Association of Industrial Archaeology

Thanks to a series of generous donations the AIA can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

The first awards were made in 2009, since when the Association has been able to allocate around half a million pounds. Details of some of the projects funded can be found on the website.

Grants are awarded for the restoration of historically, technically, architecturally, and/or archaeologically important industrial buildings, structures, machinery, vehicles and vessels within the UK. Applications will usually relate to a single, tangible structure or artefact. Click here for more information.

Closing Date:  Sunday 31st March 2019

Funding News

Architectural Heritage Fund Project Development Grants
Funding of up to £30,000 is available to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses. Further information and eligibility at: Architectural Heritage Fund

Grants Now Available From The Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award
The Costume Society has announced that the Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award currently has £5,000 available for grants to support the conservation of costume or costume related textiles. The award promotes museum conservation and display of clothing and clothing related textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held in the permanent collections of Accredited museums in the United Kingdom with an annual gross turnover of about £750,000. Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award

Animation Opportunities for Museums and Libraries

Animat18 is a year long national touring programme supported by ACE, BFI and The British Council and they have just launched a final round of small bursaries (up to £500) for organisations  – especially Museums and Libraries – who’d like to; 

  • bring in an animator
  • deliver a workshop
  • or other activity in response to their Animation Pack  – available here:

For the full details and information on how to apply click here.

AIM Hallmarks Funding

From the Association of Independent Museums:

About the AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards.

Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years and are available in two strands:

Main grants of £4000 to £12000:  will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

The closing date for the first round of both strands will be 20 November 2018.

There will be one further round in each of the years 2019 – 2021.

How to apply

If you are thinking of applying, we recommend that you read the case studies from previous AIM grant recipients to understand the type of project that we typically fund.

John Ellerman Museums and Galleries Fund

Museums and galleries are a means by which people engage with arts and heritage. Many regional institutions hold important collections which have the power to inspire creativity, motivate artistic expression and stimulate local regeneration. In the current climate they face increasing challenges from funding cuts and curatorial under-provision, reducing their scope to research and display collections and create new exhibitions.


The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. We want to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

We have earmarked around £0.5m to be awarded through the Fund in 2019. We expect to make no more than five or six grants for periods of two to three years. While the average grant size is ca. £86k we will consider higher amounts for exceptional projects.

What we will fund

We are keen to fund work which has a legacy within and beyond the organisation. We are particularly interested in applications which:

  • enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out or ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change

Who can apply

We focus on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections. The applicant should demonstrate:

  • excellence in their field at a national level
  • national significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection

In line with our general policy, we favour organisations with an income between £100,000 and £10m, but may fund a larger institution if it is uniquely placed to meet our aim. Local authority museums are also eligible. While our priority is small to medium-sized museums and galleries outside of London, national and/or London-based institutions may also apply if their project brings significant benefits in the regions. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those areas where we have made fewer grants.

The organisation applying must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • an emphasis on the value of curatorial skills
  • proven experience of and enthusiasm for working in partnership
  • a commitment to excellence and innovation
  • strong leadership and commitment from senior management, board or governing body
  • effective financial management
  • the difference a grant would make, to the organisation, the general public or other audiences

What we do not fund:

  • individual conservation projects (but we may consider conservation work as part of a wider request)
  • education and outreach work

Applying to the Fund

As for all other applications, we have a two-stage process. First-stage applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 3 December 2018. We expect to make decisions in spring 2019, so you should plan for the work funded by a grant to start from or after June 2019.

Stage 1

Your first-stage application should include:

1. A description of what you are seeking funding for, on no more than two sides of A4. Please include:

– a brief description of your organisation, and relevant track record
– the nature of your collection, and why it has national significance
– what you would like us to fund, including (where possible) a specific amount and number of years for which funding is sought
– how your proposal matches what we fund and are looking for (see above).

2. Financial information:

If you are a charity, a copy of your most recent annual accounts. If you are part of a larger organisation (such as a university or local authority) please provide an income and expenditure statement for the running costs of your department or unit.

If your accounts show a significant surplus or deficit, high or low reserves, please explain this briefly. If the year-end date of your accounts is more than 10 months old, please include your latest management accounts.

You can send your first-stage application by e-mail:

Stage 2

If we invite you to apply for the second stage, we will ask for a more detailed application, and arrange to meet you to find out more about you and your work.

The Beecroft Bequest Funding Programme

The Beecroft Bequest is a fund administered by the Museums Association, for the purchase of pre-19th century works of art.

Under the terms of the will of the late Walter G Beecroft, the residue of his estate was bequeathed to the Museums Association as a foundation for the fund.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to Museums Association institutional members for the acquisition of pre-19th century works of art. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. The application process is very simple, and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have prior to submission.

The process

  • Applications can be considered at any time
  • In the case of auction sales at least five working days are required although the trustees cannot guarantee to consider any application made at short notice.

Applications for grants for items which have already been purchased will not be considered.

Any grant awarded will be paid upon production of the receipt for the full value of the purchase.

For more information, please click here.

The Royal Society Places of Science Funding Programme

From The Royal Society:

Applying for this scheme

This scheme is now open for applications and will close at 3pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Please read the eligibility and judging criteria and our advice on preparing your application.

Please note that applications are made using the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system, Flexi-Grant®. You will be required to register before you can start your application.

The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 to small museums, funding projects that tell the stories of science and scientists relevant to communities across the UK.

We want to fund projects that

  • highlight the topics, stories and people that are relevant to your local community
  • present science in new and interesting ways
  • encourage participation and involvement of the local community
  • provoke curiosity, interest and enthusiasm among those that take part

We are particularly interested in projects that

  • explore the experiences of historically underrepresented people
  • are led by organisations that don’t normally feature scientific content
  • involve partners that can enhance the project’s outcomes, impact or quality
  • reach audiences who do not normally engage with science

A note on Local Heroes

Institutions that were funded by the Local Heroes scheme in 2016 are eligible to apply, but in order to spread the benefits of funding and put limited funding to the best use, the panel will favour applications from those not previously funded.

Applications from museums who were unsuccessful in 2016 are welcome and encouraged.

Please direct all enquiries to David Chapman at