Category: Funding Opportunties

National Lottery Project Grants Bid-writing Support

We are please to be able to extend our bid-writing support offer to museums to work with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to receive individualised support to apply to Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Programme.

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance

OR

  • proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

To book Laura to have your draft proofed and feedback given, please send it to Alex Bird via email with the following info:

  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All remaining slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In terms of approaches to and tips about bidwriting, see Laura’s previous guest blog.

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially Working Towards Accreditation

ACE Recovery Grants Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the Culture Recovery Fund and National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England, we are pleased to announce a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to the funds. Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we are offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grants

Round 1 – Opens 10th August 2020 and closes midday 21st August 2020
Round 2 – Opens 21st August 2020 and closes midday 4th September 2020

Please note that ACE have stated that they want to allocate 75% of the funding in round 1


Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

Already open with a rolling deadline


Laura has provided a briefing document to summarise the two funds – MDNW information on ACE Culture Recovery and NL Project Grants.

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance

OR

  • proofing what you’ve already drafted for one of the schemes to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • Which grant programme you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

To book Laura to have your draft proofed and feedback given, please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which grant programming you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All 25 slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In terms of approaches to and tips about bidwriting, see Laura’s previous guest blog.

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially Working Towards Accreditation

MDNW Covid-19 Recovery Grants – deadline 20th August

In a new partnership with Art Fund and Curious Minds, Museum Development North West’s Covid-19 Recovery Grants programme is open to support North West museums with their recovery and reopening plans over the next 12 months.

Screenshot 2020-07-06 at 14.30.57We know that for a number of reasons, many of the museums we work with have been unable to access existing emergency funds. The furloughing of staff, ineligibility for funding and volunteer capacity have contributed to the difficulties in accessing these first response financial measures.

For some museums, planning to reopen marks the start of recovery; for others the recovery process will involve new ways of engaging and financial remodelling whilst remaining closed until next season.

The Recovery Grants programme is formed from three funding sources:

  • Art Fund strategic partnership funding
  • Curious Minds Partnership Investment
  • MDNW core funding

There is £70,000 available to allocate in grants. A single Accredited museum or museum working towards Accreditation can apply for up to £7,500. A partnership of museums or a museum service with multiple Accredited sites can apply for up to £10,000. National Portfolio Organisations, national museums, English Heritage and National Trust properties are ineligible to apply, although they can be part of partnership bids.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 20th August 2020.

We will support museums around three key areas:

  • Developing new sustainable offers
  • Re-engaging audiences
  • Effective reopening

Within these areas museums can bid for a range of activity that meet the strategic needs of organisations in recovering from the Covid-19 crisis and those that allow museums to build back better. These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapt or develop new ways to connect with and engage your communities
  • Support activity to assess the viability of and readiness for reopening
  • Purchase equipment and undertake activity to support readiness to reopen safely
  • Invest in the health and wellbeing of your paid and volunteer workforce
  • Develop your digital capability and delivery
  • Respond to environmental sustainability

Guidance and the application form for the Covid-19 Recovery Grants can be found below.

Recovery Grant fund guidance FINAL

Recovery Grant fund application form FINAL

Recovery Grants Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the Culture Recovery Fund and National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England, we are pleased to announce a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to the funds. Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we are offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grants

Round 1 – Opens 10th August 2020 and closes midday 21st August 2020
Round 2 – Opens 21st August 2020 and closes midday 4th September 2020


Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

Already open with a rolling deadline


Laura has provided a briefing document to summarise the two funds – MDNW information on ACE Culture Recovery and NL Project Grants.

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance

OR

  • proofing what you’ve already drafted for one of the schemes to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • Which grant programme you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

To book Laura to have your draft proofed and feedback given, please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which grant programming you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All 25 slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In terms of approaches to and tips about bidwriting, see Laura’s previous guest blog.

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially Working Towards Accreditation

Recovery Grants Bid-writing Support

Museum Development North West

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the Culture Recovery Fund and National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England, we are pleased to announce a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to the funds. Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we are offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grants

Round 1 – Opens 10th August 2020 and closes midday 21st August 2020
Round 2 – Opens 21st August 2020 and closes midday 4th September 2020


Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

Already open with a rolling deadline


The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the…

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Recovery Grants Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the Culture Recovery Fund and National Lottery Project Grants from Arts Council England, we are pleased to announce a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to the funds. Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we are offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grants

Round 1 – Opens 10th August 2020 and closes midday 21st August 2020
Round 2 – Opens 21st August 2020 and closes midday 4th September 2020


Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

Already open with a rolling deadline


Laura has provided a briefing document to summarise the two funds – MDNW information on ACE Culture Recovery and NL Project Grants.

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance

OR

  • proofing what you’ve already drafted for one of the schemes to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • Which grant programme you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

To book Laura to have your draft proofed and feedback given, please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which grant programming you are applying to
  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All 25 slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In terms of approaches to and tips about bidwriting, see Laura’s previous guest blog.

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially Working Towards Accreditation

Culture Recovery Funds launched

As part of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund to support cultural, arts and heritage organisations, two major funding programmes for museums have been launched today.

Arts Council England – Cultural Recovery Fund: Grants
£500million is available to support museums which were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure, and to ensure that, by March 2021, successful applicants are either fully or partially reopened, or operating on a sustainable, cost efficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

All Accredited museums and those Working Towards Accreditation are eligible to apply.

Museums can apply for a minimum of £50,000 to a maximum of £3million, funding to be spent October 2020-March 2021, no match funding is required.

Round one opens 10th August, closes for applications 12pm 21st August, round two opens 21st August, closes for applications 12pm 4th September.

ACE expect to allocate 75% of the funding in the first round.

The grants will fund:

  • costs incurred October 2020 to March 2021 that enable the museum to remain open, reopen or partially reopen
  • costs to allow reduction of activity to preserve the museum
  • costs to ensure value for money of museum’s financial sustainability

For further details see here.

Historic England in partnership with National Lottery Heritage Fund – Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
£88million is available in grants to help heritage organisations or businesses cover operating costs, assess and adapt their business models, and become financially viable. This may include costs of reopening, operating, hibernation, mothballing or recovery costs.

Non-Accredited museums and other heritage organisations can apply for a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £3million. Grants must be spent by the end of March 2021. Deadline for applications is 12pm 17th August.

For further details see here.

Bubble Up: Now Open for Expressions of Interest

Curious Minds logoFrom Curious Minds:

Curious Minds is offering up to 40 commissions worth £2,200 each to community facing organisations and freelance teaching artists, to deliver extra-curricular cultural learning clubs in neighbourhoods across the North West of England.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are invited from cultural organisations, freelance teaching artists, schools and youth organisations to deliver extra-time cultural learning clubs for 11-13 year olds, with a focus on meeting the needs of children transitioning to secondary school in September 2020.

Applicants must be willing and able to work collaboratively with at least two other delivery partners in neighbourhoods across the North West.

For the full brief and Expression of Interest form click here

For further details and to ask questions, interested parties are invited to attend one of the following Information Sessions about the commissions.

Wednesday 22nd July, 10am – 11am
Friday 24th July, 1pm – 2pm
Monday 10th August, 10am – 11am
Monday 7th September, 1pm – 2pm

Please make sure you have read the full project brief at the link above before registering.

MDNW launches Covid-19 Recovery Grants

In a new partnership with Art Fund and Curious Minds, today Museum Development North West is launching its Covid-19 Recovery Grants programme to support North West museums with their recovery and reopening plans over the next 12 months.

Screenshot 2020-07-06 at 14.30.57We know that for a number of reasons, many of the museums we work with have been unable to access existing emergency funds. The furloughing of staff, ineligibility for funding and volunteer capacity have contributed to the difficulties in accessing these first response financial measures.

For some museums, planning to reopen marks the start of recovery; for others the recovery process will involve new ways of engaging and financial remodelling whilst remaining closed until next season.

The Recovery Grants programme is formed from three funding sources:

  • Art Fund strategic partnership funding
  • Curious Minds Partnership Investment
  • MDNW core funding

There is £70,000 available to allocate in grants. A single Accredited museum or museum working towards Accreditation can apply for up to £7,500. A partnership of museums or a museum service with multiple Accredited sites can apply for up to £10,000. National Portfolio Organisations, national museums, English Heritage and National Trust properties are ineligible to apply, although they can be part of partnership bids.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 20th August 2020.

We will support museums around three key areas:

  • Developing new sustainable offers
  • Re-engaging audiences
  • Effective reopening

Within these areas museums can bid for a range of activity that meet the strategic needs of organisations in recovering from the Covid-19 crisis and those that allow museums to build back better. These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapt or develop new ways to connect with and engage your communities
  • Support activity to assess the viability of and readiness for reopening
  • Purchase equipment and undertake activity to support readiness to reopen safely
  • Invest in the health and wellbeing of your paid and volunteer workforce
  • Develop your digital capability and delivery
  • Respond to environmental sustainability

Guidance and the application form for the Covid-19 Recovery Grants can be found below.

Recovery Grant fund guidance FINAL

Recovery Grant fund application form FINAL

GMCA Launches COVID-19 Creative Commissions

From the Greater Manchester Combined Authority:

60 micro commissions worth £500 each to be given to artists and creators, based in Greater Manchester, across all artforms (music, art, poetry, theatre, short stories, design, gaming, stories etc). Work created will form a permanent archive of Greater Manchester’s creative response to COVID-19.

Given the scale of the impact of COVID-19 on Greater Manchester’s creative community, we understand that we will not be able to support everyone working in this sector.

This proposal makes up part of a package of support that already includes advanced payments to organisations in GMCA’S Culture Portfolio. The COVID-19 Creative Commissions Programme has been developed following advice from sector partners and artists as to what would be the most helpful intervention. The application process is designed to be light-touch and swift. We have been told that many artists and creators have had commissions cancelled, that artists want to continue to have the opportunity to create, and that many are already doing so, free, in response to the current situation. We hope that this approach will provide some work for artists, provide remuneration for that work, and create an archive of work which will be made available online for everyone to explore.

Applicants are asked to provide information on previous work and a brief summary of the work they would like to create. Proposed responses to this commission must be new work. Please do submit work in response to this call until we have selected our initial cohort. This, of course, does not mean you cannot create. We do not want people to create speculatively, not be selected, and not paid for the time spent on creation.

A panel of independent industry experts, comprising representatives a variety of artforms and disciplines, will make decisions on who will receive the funds virtually. Once decisions have been made, artists will be advanced funds and given a month to deliver the commission. As commissions come in, we will share them in an online archive available to all. The historical and social importance of capturing civic responses to this type of event as and when it happens, to support people to come to terms with and understand an incredibly challenging situation, cannot be underestimated.

Artists will own the rights to their work, GMCA will be able to use and share that work. We will endeavour to get payments to successful applicants as swiftly as possible.

Wednesday 25th March – Applications Open
Wednesday 1st April – Applications Close
Wednesday 8th April – Successful and unsuccessful applicants informed of outcome

PLEASE EMAIL CultureTeam@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION FORM