Category: Funding Opportunties

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grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents.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.


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 –

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer –

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.

Postcode Dream Trust – Dream Fund 2018

Deadline: 22nd August

Charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. All applications must come from at least two charitable organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead partner organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.

The funding pot for 2018 has been increased by £500,000 to £3 million.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to deliver a project 24 months in length between 2018 and 2020.

Funding is available for projects that meet one of the following themes:

  • Supporting families.
  • Green communities.
  • Young people.
  • Improving people’s lives through animals.

Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.

The deadline for stage one applications is 22 August 2017 (5.30pm). 

For more information – click here.

Funding News

Idlewild Trust: Conservation: Objects And Works of Art

Grants to support the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds of up to £5,000. The next deadline for applications is 7 September 2017 (midnight) for a decision in November 2017. Please read further information here: Conservation: Objects and Works of Art.

Opening Soon: People’s Postcode Trust

The next round of funding from the People’s Postcode Trust will be available from August 15 – 28 2017. Application forms will be available from this date. The fund helps support a range of projects that are applicable to independent museums including: volunteer expenses, purchase of capital items and equipment, marketing costs and Staffing/training costs. Applicants can request £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 Wales). Please check your eligibility and find out more here: People’s Postcode Trust

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Now Open

First round application deadline is 6th December

Initial applications to the 14th round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which helps museums develop collections to achieve social impact, will be accepted by the Museums Association (MA) until the deadline of 6 September.

This round will see £600,000 of grants available for applications for funding from £20,000 to £120,000, for projects that will last up to three years.

In the first instance, applicants should call or email to discuss their idea with Sally Colvin, the MA’s programmes manager, or Sarah Briggs, the MA’s collections development officer.

Initial applications will be shortlisted by the end of September and informed whether or not they can proceed to a full application, which must be completed by 18 October. The successful applicants will be announced in early December.

Celebrating Age Fund

Round Two now Open!

Celebrating Age focuses on supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to do one or more of the following:

  • Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people
  • Taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage

Key Information:

  • The total fund is £1.5 million with a grant range of £50,000 – £100,000
  • Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation
  • Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 31 August 2017
  • All applicants will be informed by 19 September 2017 whether or not they have been invited to make an application
  • The online application form will open on Thursday 21 September 2017
  • Applications must be submitted by Thursday 16 November 2017
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than 21 March 2018.

To find out more about what the fund supports and how to apply click here.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
11:00 – 15:00

We’re pleased to be hosting our 5th Annual Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face.
Due to the success of last year we are pleased to also have a number of national museums in attendance to discuss potential partnership projects and loans.
The fair will also include a variety of workshops from the some of the organisations above and there will also be a workshop looking at how to write successful funding bids.

Organisations that will be present are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • British Museum
  • Curious Minds
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at

The ScottishPower Foundation

The ScottishPower Foundation, a registered Scottish charity operating independently of ScottishPower, offers funding to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working across Great Britain. Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available for projects including arts and heritage.

For more information visit The ScottishPower Foundation website.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Monday 31st July 2017.

Lancashire’s “LEADER” rural funding update

The “LEADER” rural development programme, run by Lancashire County Council, is now accepting new applications to various categories including:

Culture and Heritage
The Cultural and Heritage fund provides support for rural community organisations and landowners to help to promote, enhance and maintain cultural heritage assets in:

  • North and Bowland
  • Pennine
  • West

The tourism funding is aimed at projects looking to undertake small scale developments, which build on the distinctiveness of rural Lancashire in:

  • North and Bowland
  • West
  • Pennine

For details of the full programme and categories see

Open calls will remain open until all the funds are committed. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Catalyst Small Grants Programme opens for applications 13th July

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. It does this by supporting organisations to invest in systems training and developments for staff, volunteers and boards or to cover the costs of external expertise to support their fundraising. The programme offers one off investment of between £10,000 and £30,000.

It is open to small to medium arts and cultural organisations, including Accredited museums, which have an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £750,000.

Deadline for applications is 10th August 2017. For further information see