Category: Funding Opportunties

Funding News

AHF Launches Heritage Mortgage Scheme for the UK

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), an independent charity, encourages and supports the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Through the new Heritage Mortgage Scheme the AHF is offering mortgage-style loans of between £150,000 and £500,000 over terms of between 10 and 20 years (30 in exceptional circumstances) to assist registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to acquire buildings, or provide working capital for restoration projects.

All AHF loans are typically fixed at 4-6% but can be linked to Base Rate.

The AHF can normally lend applicants up to 70% of the estimated open market resale value of any acceptable property or land over which it takes a first charge. If this is the project building for which the loan is required, it can lend up to 70% of the property’s estimated ‘end value’ (the projected value once work has been completed).

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis. Find out more at:  ahfund.org.uk.


AIM Grant Schemes

Deadline: various – see below

AIM administers grants for museums to help AIM members with a variety of needs including training, conservation, development and exhibitions. There are different eligibility criteria and closing dates for each grant scheme, so please check each grant programme for further information about how to apply and the priorities for funding for each scheme.

We recommend that you contact us to discuss your project before applying, so we can help you ensure your application fits the scheme you intend to apply to.

Please contact Helen Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Hallmarks Awards –

Helenw@aim-museums.co.uk.

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer – justeen@aim-museums.co.uk.

Current AIM Grant Deadlines 2017

  • Conservation Scheme – 30 September
  • Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums – 30 September
  • Preventive Conservation Scheme -30 September
  • AIM Training Grants – accepted on a rolling basis.
  • AIM Biffa Award History Makers – October 31

For more information visit: 

www.aim-museums.co.uk/for-aim-members/grants.


Catalyst Small Grants

Opens 13 July

The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. This fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. 

This is one of the measures ACE is putting in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector. Further information can be found on their website at: www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/catalyst-small-grants.

Application deadline: 10 August.


National Manuscripts Conservation Trusts 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. Their 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 the 1 October 2017.

For further information, please visit their website: www.nmct.co.uk.

Deadline: 1 October.


HLF Resilient Heritage Fund

Apply anytime

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000 – £250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

For more information visit: www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/resilient-heritage.

ASEF: Mobility First! – Fund to support travel of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launched a fund for the mobility of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals between Asia and Europe. Between May and October 2017 six rounds will enable applicants to travel to events they’d otherwise could not attend.

Securing funding for cultural mobility that makes up an integral part to the practice and career of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe is often challenging. With the “Mobility First!” fund ASEF wants to foster bi-directional mobility between Asia and Europe (and vice versa) and support personal connections between artists and cultural professionals.

The Call for Applications is on a rolling basis, those interested (individuals and art organisations) in benefitting from the fund, should send an application at least 10 weeks prior to the event they wish to attend.

Throughout six rounds ASEF will make selections every month from May to September for travels within the timeframe of May to Ocotober 2017. The results of the second round will be announced on 6 June, further applications are possible.

For more information click here.

Funding News

AIM Grant Schemes

Deadline: Various – see below

AIM administers grants for museums to help AIM members with a variety of needs including training, conservation, development and exhibitions. There are different eligibility criteria and closing dates for each grant scheme, so please check each grant programme for further information about how to apply and the priorities for funding for each scheme.

Discuss your ideas with us

We recommend that you contact us to discuss your project before applying, so we can help you ensure your application fits the scheme you intend to apply to.

Please contact Helen Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Hallmarks Awards – Helenw@aim-museums.co.uk

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer – justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

Current AIM Grant Deadlines 2017

  • Conservation Scheme –  30 September
  • Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums – 30 September
  • Preventive Conservation Scheme –30 September
  • AIM Training Grants – accepted on a rolling basis.
  • AIM Biffa Award History Makers – October 31
  • For more information click here.

Catalyst small Grants

Deadline: Opens 13th July, deadlines 10th August

The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. This fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. This is one of the measures ACE is putting in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector. Further information can be found on their website.


National Manuscripts Conservation Trusts Grants

Deadline: October 1st

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. Their 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 the 1st October 2017.

For further information, please visit their website.


Resilient Heritage Fund

Deadline: Apply anytime  

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000-£250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

Click here for more information.

New funding for sharing works of art across the UK

The Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund has announced a new £750,000 funding and training programme to support the wider sharing of national collections with museums across the whole of the UK.A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections.

Alongside Arts Council England’s funding scheme ‘Ready to Borrow’ and the Touring Exhibition Group initiative ‘Preparing to Borrow’, and other national programmes, the Weston Loan Programme will provide funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.

We recognise 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 from this programme over the next three years, and beyond.

The programme will open for applications in July 2017, and further details will be made available online shortly. In the meantime, for further information and to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull via pbull@artfund.org or 020 7225 4840.

Aims

-To support the costs of new loans of works of art and artefacts to regional museums from the National collections.

– To encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and National museums and galleries.

-To help regional museums make the most of the opportunities associated with the loan and raise the profile of their own collections.

What are we looking for?

We’ll consider applications that:

  • Enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming;
  • Enable ‘quick fire’ and ‘quick win’ loan requests
  • Support long term relationship and display development

We’ll support regional museums and galleries with grants of up to 100% of the funding required to cover the costs associated with securing and displaying the loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. We’ll also support you with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Who can apply?

– UK museums/galleries with permanent collections which are provisionally or fully accredited 

– UK museums/galleries which are regional and/or run by local authorities, universities, or have independent Trust status

If your museum is not provisionally or fully accredited you will be asked explain why, and to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to care for the collections to the same nationally-recognised standard. The museum should also be open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year.

How much can you apply for?

We expect the majority of grants to be for between £10,000 and £20,000, although we will consider applications for smaller and larger amounts. We would be happy to accept applications for 100% funding, though applicants can apply to this programme as part of a larger funding package of support from a variety of sources.

Funding News

TWA Heritage Digitisation Grant

The TWA Digitisation Grant is open now and welcomes applications from independent museums of all sizes, as well as local authority and national DCMS-funded museums based in the UK. This year the fund offers grants of up to £5000 for UK museums, archives and libraries to digitise their collections. The Grant can be used to fund the digitisation of bound books, manuscripts, oversize maps and plans, 35mm slides, microfilm/fiche, glass plate negatives, and other two-dimensional cultural heritage media. It can also be used to fund opening up access to heritage collections online. The deadline for applications is 7 July 2017 TWA Heritage Digitisation Grant

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants for projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation including for arts projects for people with disabilities; performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact; alternative education projects; supplementary teaching; heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit. Small Grant applications can be made at any time through the year and will receive a final decision within 6 weeks Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

M&S Energy Community Energy Fund

Not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain can apply for funding for renewable energy projects that can demonstrate they have the support of their local community. Grants can be used for all capital costs relating to the installation of the specified technology. Shortlisted applicants will need to organise support from their community to vote for their campaign on the competition website. The deadline for applications is 23 June 2017. M&S Energy Community Energy Fund

HWB Travel Grant Scheme For Travel to EU and Greater Europe

Opens 1 June 2017

ICOM UK, with support from Heritage Without Borders (HWB), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel to Europe and greater Europe to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.

The ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships in Europe and greater Europe.  Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international work.

The total budget available for the Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £700 per organisation or consortium.

The full list of EU and greater Europe countries applicants are eligible to visit can be found on the Travel Grant Scheme Application Form on the ICOM UK website.

Deadlines for Applications

Applications open: 9:00 on Thursday 1 June 2017

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 30 June 2017

Successful applicants notified: w/c 10 July 2017

The application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website.

In autumn 2018 ICOM UK with support from the British Council will launch a Global Travel Grant Scheme.  Further details will be available in summer 2017.

Business Archives Council Bursary for Business History Research

As a result of the generosity of Sir Peter Thompson, former Chairman of the National Freight Corporation, and the Wellcome Foundation, the Business Archives Council (BAC) has instituted a trust fund, the income from which is used to offer annually a bursary to help an individual to further their research into business history through the study of specific business archives. 

In 2017 the value of the award will be up to £1,000.

For further details click here.

AIM Funding News

Now Open: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is now open for applications. The scheme is intended to help medium and smaller sized AIM members to improve their medium and long term sustainability. To be eligible, museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or fewer than 50,000 visitors a year.

This scheme, which began in 2006, has so far supported 216 projects with over £831,700 of grants. The wide range of applicants demonstrates the importance of sustainability issues to AIM members. There will be only two more rounds before this scheme ends, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your sustainability with a grant from us.

The round for 2017 is now open with a closing date of 3 July at 5pm. Find out more: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017



New AIM Biffa Award Funded Exhibitions Will Tell The Stories Of Historic Figures From Engineering And Science

AIM Biffa Award have just announced the first round of projects to be supported by the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Sharing a fund of £170,000, each project will tell the story of their chosen historical figure and how their work and achievements have shaped the world we live in today.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme is funding AIM member museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary historical figures. The successful projects in Round 1, with exhibitions opening in 2018, will focus on the work of historic figures from engineering and science. They are:

‘Digging Deeper’ at the London Transport Museum; ‘The Father of Modern Forensics’ at The National Justice Museum in Nottingham and ‘Hawkshaw and Barlow Untold’ at The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre in Bristol. Find out more: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Fund to Acquire Archaeological Finds

Applications up to £1,000 accepted

The Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe has generously awarded the British Museum a grant to support museums in acquiring local, non-Treasure finds recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

Although it is common for museums to acquire local Treasure finds, limited funding for non-Treasure items means important objects are often overlooked for acquisition. This fund is designed to expand local archaeological collections for public benefit, and encourage dialogue between local Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) and museum curators about recent PAS finds.

Applicants may apply for up to £1,000. A maximum total of £7,000 will be awarded in grants per year. Grants will be paid to the acquiring museum; the acquiring museum will then be responsible for compensating the finder and/or landowner.

Applicants may submit multiple applications at one time, but each find will require a separate application form. If you wish to acquire an assemblage or collection, please discuss your application in advance with Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, on 020 7323 8611 or by email at

mlewis@britishmuseum.org.

To find out more  download the PDF guidance document and application form.


 

AIM Hallmarks Awards – deadline for applications 15th May 2017

Now open for applications, the latest round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards will make grants totalling around £70,000 in England.

Funded by Arts Council England, the AIM Hallmarks Awards offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to help AIM member museums and heritage sites to begin to use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

The AIM Hallmarks Awards can be used by successful applicants in two distinct ways:

  • To fund an organisational review. This can involve either review and planning, or taking forward new ways of working. Some museums might want to use the AIM Hallmarks as a framework to review their organisational health and can apply for this funding for support in planning future development
  • To contribute to a project that supports applicant organisations to behave or develop differently. Museums which have already identified development needs reflecting the principles of the AIM Hallmarks can apply for funding to put their ideas into practice and progress programmes of work which will enable them to become more resilient and to prosper in the future. Projects can be linked to any of the Hallmarks but must seek to support change at a strategic level and/or to have an impact on organisational culture and behaviour

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with AIM’s Assistant Director, Helen Wilkinson, before applying. You can contact Helen by email, helenw@aim-museums.co.uk or by phone, 07719 667102.

All information about the AIM Hallmarks Awards can be found at https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/aim-hallmarks/. Below is a case study from Brantwood Trust in Cumbria, which received funding in the last round of awards.

Brantwood Trust, awarded £7,842

The AIM Hallmarks grant has given Brantwood the opportunity to actively maximise access to the museum’s collection, under the Collections Hallmark. Brantwood was successful in receiving a grant to research and present Ruskin’s powerful messages through our unique collection.

The purpose of our Radical Ruskin project is to link Ruskin’s radical ideas with items in the collection, and present our research through short videos uploaded to our website. The funding covers extra staff time, research materials, the purchasing of Modes Complete and video equipment; all of which will enable us to give the collection an online presence which without extra resources would not have been possible.

The project will enable Brantwood to establish an improved approach to recording information about our collection and communicating this to the visitor; and support future developments in the museum’s approach to interpretation, exhibitions and attracting new audiences. Helen Wilkinson, the AIM Assistant Director, was very helpful when we spoke regarding our project. I would encourage anyone considering a project to contact Helen and submit an application.

Jenny Slater, Brantwood Trust

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