Category: Funding Opportunties

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






AIM Biffa Award Announce New Round Of ‘History Makers’ Funding

AIM Biffa Award have just launched the second round of funding to be released through the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme will provide AIM member museums and heritage sites with grants of up to £75,000.

This round of funding will support the creation of new exhibitions which will enable the public to learn about and be inspired by the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today. Successful applicants will contribute to a ‘virtual trail’ linking the projects and making them accessible to people across the UK.

The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa operations and licensed landfill sites, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund. An expression of interest form of no more than 200 words must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 2 October 2017 for panel review. The final deadline for full applications is 31 October. 2017.

Successful applicants will be required to complete their projects by April 2019 and to create a strong marketing plan to promote their projects and funding locally and nationally. Full information on how to apply is available at: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Kat Tudor, Community Learning & Volunteer Officer at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, who were successful in Round 1 said:

“We applied for the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Grant because we had two prominent engineers that were under represented in our Visitor Centre here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Through the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant, we will now be able to give our visitors a better understanding of the history of the bridge, the engineers behind it and present new objects from our collection. The additional information will not only be displayed on interpretation boards, but will support a new interactive which will be a great tool for education workshops. We would encourage anybody who has a history maker that they feel is under represented to apply for the grant, as it is a great opportunity to tell their story!”

 Key Dates For Applicants
2 Oct 2017 Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline – but the sooner the better
31 Oct 2017 Application Deadline
Jan 2018 Application results and conditional offers made
Mar 2018 Terms of conditional offer met
April 2018 Formal offer and project start
April 2019 Project completion

The assessment panel is chaired by Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and includes members of AIM Council and independent experts from the museum community, including Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums.

For further information please see the AIM website at AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

LIBOR Fund Opens for UK

Projects supporting the Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities can now apply for the next round of LIBOR funding

In 2012 HM Treasury announced fines collected from banks for rigging the London interbank offered rate would be used to support good causes. Successive Budgets and Autumn Statements have made tranches of funding available to specific charities and projects.

The 2017 LIBOR grant scheme is now open to applications from registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces unit with a UIN.

There is neither a minimum nor a maximum amount of funding, and the Treasury has not given a total amount for this round. In the past, grants have ranged from £100,000 to £5 million.

Projects can take place for up to three years and must take place after April 2018 and by the end of March 2021.

Find out more here.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 August 2017 (noon).

Art Fund Weston Loan Programme opens

The Art Fund’s Weston Loan Programme, designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections, has opened for applications. The deadline to apply is 12noon Wednesday 14th September.

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.


  • 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.

The Art Fund will 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

It will 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. It will also support museums with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

The Art Fund expects the majority of grants to be for between £5,000 and £25,000, although it will consider applications for smaller and larger amounts. It will 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.

Application is through an online application system.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull, or 020 7225 4840.

For more general details, please see the Guidance for Applicants.

For more advice and guidance on borrowing and finding partners, please download Developing Your Project.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

MDNW are set to host our 5th Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we will welcome Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, and the representatives from the Purchase Grants Fund amongst others. We are also inviting representatives from national museums to partake in the Fair to discuss partnership opportunities and support available.

The Fair will include a variety of workshops from the organisations previously mentioned, including a workshop looking at how to write a funding bid.

We will share further details about this year’s fair closer to the time of the event.

Museums Association Conference 2017 Funded Places

The Museums Association is back in the North West and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering eight FREE places at this year’s Museums Association Conference in Manchester on the 16th – 18th November.

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 for a free place, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird ( by September 22nd, 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

For the full programme please see here.

Please note that these places are only available to people in the North West that work in non-MPM and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation.