This funding programme enables promising and ambitious curators to build critical professional skills by pursuing new avenues of collecting for their museums.
Applications for the fourth round of the scheme are now open.
The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 13 February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to present to the New Collecting Awards panel in late April 2018.
Through the New Collecting Awards programme we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. The awards promote the value of research-led collecting and foster curatorial expertise at both individual and institutional levels, enriching museum practice long-term.
Offering 100% funding for focused collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or to deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.
Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs to facilitate their proposed collecting plans and professional development. Additionally, they are offered the ongoing support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from curators who are either in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect.
We expect applicants to be in full- or part-time employment at a fully or provisionally accredited museum or gallery. We will also consider applications from freelance curators or researchers, provided they can demonstrate that they will be officially affiliated with an accredited museum or gallery for the duration of the project and that their participation will have a longer-term institutional impact.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate why receiving a New Collecting Award would benefit not only their museum and its collections but also, crucially, their own professional development in a way that would not otherwise be possible.
How much can you apply for?
Typical grant awards fall between £50,000 and £80,000. Curators can apply for any amount but will be expected to demonstrate that the sum is reasonable and proportionate in relation to the types and number of works they propose to collect.
With generous support from the KMF Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust, one award will be ringfenced for a curator working with a collection in a museum or gallery in Scotland.
The allocation for professional development is ringfenced at 10% of the total sum awarded.
Please note that we retain the right to award a reduced grant for either planned acquisitions or professional development at our own discretion.
The New Collecting Awards are made possible by a number of generous individuals and trusts including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Ruddock Foundation of the Arts, the Headley Trust and the Vivmar Foundation.
In March 2018, the BBC will be running the Civilisations Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and libraries across the UK to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisation series in Spring 2018. Art Fund is offering grants to museums, galleries, libraries and archives who will be participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. Grants are available to support public engagement activities which will showcase the fantastic holdings within UK public collections while exploring the theme of ‘civilisation’. The application deadline is Thursday 14 December 2017.
Funding opportunity: BBC Civilisations Festival
In March 2018 the BBC will be running the Civilisations Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and libraries across the UK to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisation series in Spring 2018.
Art Fund is delighted to be offering grants to museums, galleries, libraries and archives who will be participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. Grants are available to support public engagement activities which will showcase the fantastic holdings within UK public collections whilst exploring the theme of ‘civilisation’.
Small grants of up to £1,000 are available to support activity for organisations participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. The application deadline is Thursday 14 December 2017 and you can find out more on our website www.artfund.org/civilisations.
You do not need to receive funding from Art Fund to participate in the BBC Civilisations Festival and there are plenty of ways for your organisation to get involved, and for members of the public to participate in the activities planned across the UK. Find out more and how to sign up on the BBC’s website
Professional development opportunity: Navigating the Art Market, free training course
We are delighted to be running the ‘Navigating the Art Market course’ in conjunction with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The course is aimed at museum professionals to provide a practical understanding of the art market. Topics will range from how to bid at auction and the legal aspects of acquiring art to tips for cultivating relationships with art dealers and collectors.
The course will use a combination of online training and a day seminar at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on 23 February 2018. The seminar in London will offer an opportunity to review online material, network with curators and art world experts as well as offering insight into the workings of the auction house Sotheby’s.
The course is targeted at early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge. Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals, but given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to curators and others who work with public collections.
Courses offered by the Sotheby’s Institute normally charge a fee, however this course, specifically aimed at museum professionals will be free to attend (with lunch included) for those who are offered a place.
For more details and to apply, please see our website. Please note that the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 10 January 2018.
New toolkit: Treasure Plus, for museums with archaeological collections
Our new digital toolkit offers guidance and advice for museums with archaeological collections covering everything from the presentation and interpretation of treasure to engaging new audiences and working with the media – all grounded in the experience of the 36 museums around the country who received Art Fund funding to experiment with new displays and community projects, as well as knowledge shared at networking roadshows and the Treasure Plus conference.
Find out more about and download the toolkit at www.artfund.org/treasure
Tech For Good 2018
Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have joined together once again to offer a funding and support package to an estimated 12 projects in 2018. The programme is offering grant funding for nine months alongside access to technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. The funding is for projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. The funding is for new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector. Applications close 20 December.
‘Archives Revealed’ is a partnership programme between The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust. It is the only funding stream available in the UK dedicated to cataloguing and unlocking archives. The fund is comprised of two funding strands: Cataloguing grants (up to £40,000) and Scoping Grants (up to £3,000) please visit the website for closing dates and further information.
The Idlewild Trust – Conservation Grants
The Idlewild Trust supports the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. They consider projects that aim to conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality. Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public. Their average grant is £3,147 and the next closing date is 8 February 2018 (midnight) for a decision in May 2018.
The Institute of Physics’ public engagement grant scheme provides up to £2,000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. The grant scheme has two rounds each year. The second round of the 2017 scheme is now open. This grant is for projects finishing before the end of July 2018.
We strongly recommend applicants get in touch with Emma Watson, outreach officer, to discuss ideas and ask questions before submission. You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline 12 noon on Friday 3rd November.
NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £2,000 of grant money, is available to NatSCA members this year to support projects including the conservation, access and use of natural science collections.
Charles Arthur William ‘Bill’ Pettit (1937-2009) started his career with the National Institute of Oceanography but moved to the Manchester Museum in 1975 to become Assistant Keeper of Zoology. In his time at Manchester, Bill worked tirelessly for the collections and was instrumental in projects such as FENSCORE as well as numerous publications. It is in recognition of his commitment to natural science collections that we would like to offer this annual award.
Each project will be considered on its own merits by the NatSCA committee and the committee’s decision, including not awarding any money that year, will be final. To apply please put together a 700 word project proposal, which must include:
- The name, contact details and status (e.g. charity, individual, local authority) of the applicant
- The project title and proposed outcomes and benefits
- How the project supports conservation, or access to and use of Natural Science collections
- Detailed costs
- Accurate timescale (including any work undertaken so far and the project end date)
- Details of other funding/match funding already secured for the project
Grants will be considered on an annual basis in January.
Deadline for 2017 applications: Friday 17th November
Successful applicants are required to produce a report/article on their project for publication in either NatSCA Notes & Comments or the Journal of Natural Science Collections before payment.
Applications are open to NatSCA individual or institutional members only.
Please contact David Gelsthorpe (email@example.com, 0161 3061601) for further information or to submit a grant application.
Bespoke CPD opportunities
As part of our business skills support programme we are offering Continuing Professional Development bursaries for staff and volunteers to tailor their own CPD in business skills. The bursaries are available for people working in museums to participate in any type of existing CPD opportunity to develop their core business skills and which will support their museum to run as a more effective and resilient organisation. Applications could range from a basic Microsoft Excel course to improve budgeting and record keeping skills to a full ILM qualification. To apply for a bursary contact Alex Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information:
- What the CPD opportunity is, including details of the course/opportunity you have identified
- Evidence of need and details on how it will improve your work
- Proof of line management approval
- Cost of training and amount requested from MDNW
This programme runs through 2017-18 and has a rolling deadline so once you have identified an appropriate opportunity please let us know. Once all the funding has been allocated the offer will close.
The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas.
Non-governmental organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based in the UK can apply.
Deadline for expressions of interest for large grants: 3 November 2017.
To find out more download the application guidance PDF at:
The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
It’s open to everyone – the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not). We want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.
Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.
For the full info visit the Aviva Community Fund website.
The Cultural Protection Fund: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas. Non-governmental organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based in the UK can apply. The deadline for expressions of interest for large grants is 3 November 2017. The Cultural Protection Fund
The Gannett Foundation’s Community Action Grants
The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Inc., owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK. Each year it awards grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to registered charities that ‘make a lasting difference to communities’ within the circulation and/or production area of the 300 Newsquest titles. Applications close 9 October The Gannett Foundation
Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation
This fund from the John Ellerman Foundation aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. The foundation wants to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. The foundation has earmarked £500,000 to be awarded through the Fund in 2018. They expect to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years. While the average grant size is ca. £85k they will consider higher amounts for exceptional projects. Applications close 1 December and all information can be found here: Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation
ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme
ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond the EU and greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships. The ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience. The Global Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. The total budget available for the Global Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200. Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium. Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 13 October 2017 hICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme