Category: Funding Opportunties

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: www.anim18.co.uk/pack.

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

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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.

Aim

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: applications@ellerman.org.uk.

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 publicengagement@royalsociety.org.

Arts Award Access Fund 2018

The Access Fund provides grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from all registered Arts Award centres based in England, but priority will be given to centres that:

  • are working with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue
  • will use the grant to support them to pilotembed or develop their Arts Award work with these groups

See how the Access Fund has been used to support centres in the past

What can the money be used for? 

  • Discover, Explore or Bronze logs
  • Bronze, Silver or Gold guidance booklets
  • Fees for workshops with a professional or specialist
  • General art materials, printing costs, etc
  • Tickets for events
  • Travel to and from a venue
  • Contribution towards the costs of Gold leadership projects
  • Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue
  • Adviser/project management/staff time
  • Discover certificates
  • Moderation costs for Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • Specific access requirements e.g. BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project (where renting is not cost effective)

When can I apply?

The deadline for Round 2 of the 2018 programme closes at 5pm on Friday 19th October. Round 1 of the 2019 programme will open on Monday 28th January 2019 and close at 5pm on Friday 1st March 2019.

For the full details and information on how to apply visit the Arts Award website.

Annual Museums Funding Fair 2018 – Less then a week to go!

Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester
11:00 – 15:30
FREE

There’s just under a week to go until our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector. The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums.

We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture and as always there will be the opportunity to see attend presentations delivered by some of the organisations present.

Organisations that have confirmed attendance are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • Audience Agency
  • BDRC
  • Carbon Literacy Trust
  • CRT Viewpoint
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Archives
  • National Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

To book tickets visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Annual Museums Funding Fair 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester
11:00 – 15:30
FREE

Just over a week to go!

There’s just under two weeks to go until our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector. The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums.

We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture and as always there will be the opportunity to see attend presentations delivered by some of the organisations present.

Organisations that have confirmed attendance are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • Audience Agency
  • BDRC
  • Carbon Literacy Trust
  • CRT Viewpoint
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Archives
  • National Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

To book tickets visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

ACE Funding: Developing your Creative Practice

Round 2 open for applications.

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. 

For more information, and details on how to apply, visit their website here.

Annual Museums Funding Fair: Less then two weeks to go!

Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester
11:00 – 15:30
FREE
There’s just under two weeks to go until our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector. The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums.
We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture and as always there will be the opportunity to see attend presentations delivered by some of the organisations present.

Organisations that have confirmed attendance are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • Audience Agency
  • BDRC
  • Carbon Literacy Trust
  • CRT Viewpoint
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Archives
  • National Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

To book tickets visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk