Category: Funding Opportunties

Weston Loan programme with Art Fund now open for applications

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has now reopened for the third round of applications. The programme provides funding and training for regional museums and galleries to secure important strategic loans from national collections.

The grants cover up to 100% of the costs associated with securing and displaying a loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation.

They also support activity related to maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, on-site interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme aims to encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and national museums and galleries.

Details are here of the loans supported across the first and second rounds of funding. Plus repeated  here is Warrington Museum & Art Gallery’s guest blog on their experiences on applying to and receiving funding from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

There is funding available of £5,000-£25,000, deadline to apply is 10th September 2019. It is recommended that anyone planning to apply to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund attends one of the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) workshops, ‘Preparing to Borrow’. For more information on upcoming workshops visit TEG’s Eventbrite page

Further details of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund are here. You are encouraged to review the Guidance for applicants and contact the Programmes team at Art Fund to discuss your initial ideas before submitting an application. Please contact:
Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840
pbull@artfund.org

 

 

 

 

Museums Association Conference 2019 Bursaries

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering two bursaries to attend this year’s Museums Association Conference in Brighton on the 3rd – 5th October.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird (alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk) by 5pm on Friday 12th July, to be eligible, you will need to:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

Please note that the bursary is only for the conference place and not travel and accommodation and is only available to people in the North West that work in non-NPO and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation. 

Bursary Opportunity: Career development courses

The Art Fund have partnered with Whitechapel Gallery for the sixth year running to support their series of professional development courses, and are offering 50 bursaries to curators and museum professionals.

Running throughout June and July, these hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies.

The Art Fund are offering 50 bursaries to museum professionals on the following one-day courses (five places available on each):

  • How to publish exhibition catalogues
  • Writing for the exhibition
  • How to fundraise – grants and foundations
  • How to curate participatory art projects – schools and teachers
  • How to curate with communities
  • How to curate public events and performance
  • Curating moving image
  • How to curate an exhibition – touring exhibitions and partnerships
  • How to create a communications campaign
  • How to curate an exhibition – archive displays

Full price places usually cost £195. Applications close 5pm Thursday 30 May 2019.

For more information and on how to apply please visit this page.

AIM Conference 2019 Bursaries – DEADLINE TODAY

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are three bursaries available for this year’s AIM Conference at the National Civil War Centre, Newark on the 20th – 22nd June 2019.

The theme for this year is “how to be a great destination”, and will offer delegates fresh ideas on developing a successful destination. It will look at creative place making, becoming a great destination for your community, understanding your audiences, tips for creating an excellent visitor experience and case studies on how to attract groups to your museum and making your shop or café into a desirable destination amongst many more.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website
  • Cover the cost of travel and accommodation

How to apply

This opportunity is only open to people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West. Those working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

To apply, please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note that the bursaries cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Arts Council England Designation Development Fund

From ACE:

The Designation Scheme recognises, celebrates and champions significant collections of national and international importance. The fund recognises the importance of excellent collections and provides funding for projects that ensure their long-term sustainability, maximise their public value and encourage the sharing of best practice across the sector.

Here is an overview of the funds available:

Funding activity – Research and development
Total fund – £2.1 million for 2019-22
Grant range – £20,000 – £90,000
Eligibility – The project must focus on a collection which has been formally awarded Designated status.
This round is open to Designated library collections for the first time.
Full eligibility guidelines are shown in the guidance documents.

For more information and details on how to apply visit the ACE website.

The deadline to submit applications is 12 noon on Thursday 20th June 2019.

Arts Marketing Association Conference Bursary

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there is a bursary available for this year’s Arts Marketing Association (AMA) Conference at the Sage Gateshead on 9th – 11th July 2019.

The theme for this year is Rewire: Culture, Audiences and You, and the conference will bring together experienced and passionate speakers and trainers, inspiring thinkers and a wide range of arts and cultural professionals hungry for knowledge, ideas and latest thinking on bringing art and audiences together.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website
  • Cover the cost of travel and accommodation

How to apply

This opportunity is only open to people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West. Those working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note that the bursary only covers the conference fee and not travel and accommodation.

AIM Conference 2019 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are three bursaries available for this year’s AIM Conference at the National Civil War Centre, Newark on the 20th – 22nd June 2019.

The theme for this year is “how to be a great destination”, and will offer delegates fresh ideas on developing a successful destination. It will look at creative place making, becoming a great destination for your community, understanding your audiences, tips for creating an excellent visitor experience and case studies on how to attract groups to your museum and making your shop or café into a desirable destination amongst many more.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website
  • Cover the cost of travel and accommodation

How to apply

This opportunity is only open to people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West. Those working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

To apply, please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note that the bursaries cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Funding News

The 2019 Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards
The Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards celebrate the key role that our industries play in the UK economy and give valuable publicity to the entrants and, especially, the winners in each category.

Museums and heritage sites that run different forms of eligible communications can enter by Friday 5th April – find out all information by clicking here.


Marsh Christian Trust Grants
Grants of between £250 to £4,000 are available for groups to pay for various running costs. Funding is available to groups carrying out projects concerned with social welfare, literature arts and heritage.

Full information: Marsh Christian Trust Grants


The Clore Duffield Foundation: Main Grants
Grants for cultural learning, museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, although all successful grants can only be awarded at meetings of the Trustees. These are held twice a year, usually in June and December. Grants range from £10,000 to in excess of £1m, although larger grants are made infrequently.

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 – Penny.Thompson@artscouncil.org.uk / Eve MacPhee – Eve.Macphee@artscouncil.org.uk

Funding News

Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help museum professionals with collection and exhibition research projects and professional development. They have £75,000 to award annually, and this year have changed the grant thresholds: individuals can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 at any time. Requests for above £2,000 will be considered at committee meetings twice a year, and the deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 20 March.

More information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.


The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues, with a number of areas of special interest: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change and Improved quality of life for carers and for older people. Grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £20,000 per annum for up to three years. Applications can be submitted at any time and are a two stage process.

Find out full information here.


Austin And Hope Pilkington Trust
To apply for this grant round, you must meet the following criteria: project must relate to Children aged between 0 and 11 and your charity’s operating income and operating expenditure must be a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000.

For more information click here.