Category: Funding

NLHF Emergency Funding Guidance & Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are running a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply.

As part of the support we asked Laura Drane to create two things for the sector: a summary document outlining what is available from both ACE and the NLHF, and a short video giving advice and further guidance on what is available, but please note that the deadline for the ACE funding was the 30th April 2020.

To book one of the advice slots available (details of which can be found here), contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund – deadline for applications 7th May 2020

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has reopened for applications. The Fund is designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to significant works held in collections across the country. The programme is generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and will support cultural settings to secure strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities. Art Fund recognises the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit.

In this second phase of funding Art Fund has widened the pool of eligible lenders (to include non-nationals that lend under certain conditions) and will be holding two application rounds per year. Further details can be found in the Guidance for applicants.

Art Fund has opened the application process and welcomes proposals from non-national public museums, galleries, historic houses and other institutions with permanent collections. The application process is online, and the closing date for applications is midnight on 7 May 2020. If you’re not ready to apply in this round, there will be another round this year, and two per year in 2021 and 2022.

Full details of the programme, and advice on developing and delivering a loan project, can be found via Art Fund’s website

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840
pbull@artfund.org

 

 

 

MDNW Emergency Funding Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programme from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are pleased to announce our new programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply, and are offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadline for submission which is:

NLHF: 30th June

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 and watched the video
  • or, proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

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

  • 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)

For the option to have your draft proofed by Laura please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • 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

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are:

  • Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation
  • Not national museums or National Portfolio Organisations

 

Bridging the Gap: Bursaries from Curious Minds

Curious Minds logoFrom Curious Minds:

Fast turnaround CPDL bursaries from Curious Minds, for cultural education freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations whose main work is with schools or children & young people

During this unprecedented period of crisis, we have suspended usual ‘Bridge’ activity and will be re-directing that energy and resource into supporting the North West’s cultural education ecology to emerge at the other side of the Coronavirus crisis in as strong a position as possible. ‘Bridging the Gap’ is our first response, we hope it will be the first of many.

We’re offering bursaries to freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations mall or community based organisations outside the ACE National Portfolio, payable upon approval of a short application. This money should allow those in the cultural education community the space for their own development, and hopefully ‘bridge the gap’ between now and the receipt of any emergency grants or funding.

Applications will open on Monday 6th April at 9am and full guidance is available on our website. Click here to find out more.

MDNW Emergency Funding Bid-writing Support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are pleased to announce our new programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

Working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, we will soon be releasing a short document summarising both funding pots in terms of what’s available, eligibility and what’s needed to apply. We will also be releasing a short recorded webinar that offers guidance and advice to museums wanting to apply and this will be available as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will be offering individualised support to up to 25 eligible museums between now and the deadlines for submission which are:

ACE – 16th April and 30th April
NLHF: TBC

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 and watched the video
  • or, proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

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

  • Which funder will you be applying to
  • Which deadline 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)

For the option to have your draft proofed by Laura please send it to Alex Bird via email ASAP with the following info:

  • Which deadline 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

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are:

  • Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation – organisations Working Towards Accreditation are ineligible for ACE funding but can apply to NLHF if they meet the other criteria
  • Not national museums or National Portfolio Organisations

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund launched

Yesterday National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) announced £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

It will provide short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites NLHF have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

The Heritage Emergency Fund will be available as:

  • A fund that organisations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000-£50,000 will be available
  • A select number of key strategic investments where heritage is identified as at greatest risk. This could include grant increases to funded projects that are currently underway.

Decisions on awards under the Heritage Emergency Fund will be made as quickly as possible to support the sector. Awards will be made on the basis of a set of criteria to identify those with the greatest need. They will also need to meet the following three requirements:

  • organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant
  • organisations with limited or no access to other emergency initiatives from other funding bodies and Lottery Distributors
  • organisations where there is limited scope to repurpose existing funding for a project

Grants will be open for applications and further details provided on the selection criteria and how to apply in the next few days.

Arts Council England’s emergency funding package for museums outside of the National Portfolio

Yesterday Arts Council England (ACE) announced further details of one of its new emergency funding streams in response to COVD-19.

They are making £50 million available to organisations in the cultural sector, including Accredited museums, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). Each organisation can apply for a maximum of £35,000.

What the funding will cover
The funding is to support organisations that do not receive regular funding from the Arts Council by providing some financial assistance during this time and giving them the best chance to be in a position to continue once the situation created by the COVID-19 emergency has eased.

The funding could be used to cover:

  • Activity intended to prevent your organisation ceasing operation due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 emergency, for example:
    • urgent changes of business model
    • essential operational costs (such as rent and staff costs)
    • IT and other equipment-related costs to support home working

and/or

  • Development and delivery of activity specifically designed to be deliverable during the next six months, including:
    • development projects in readiness for organisations restarting normal operations, for example organisational development, and/or
    • public facing projects, for example digital/online projects

 

Who can apply?
You must be an Accredited museum with experience in the last three years of delivering work that was funded (directly or indirectly) by bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, local authorities, universities, public sector bodies, trusts and foundations etc.

Your museum needs to have been part of the delivery of publicly funded work, even if they didn’t directly apply for the funding themselves.

Please note that if you haven’t directly received funding from any of the above bodies, but you have had a Sustainable Improvement Fund grant from Museum Development North West or any other grant funding from MDNW in the last three years, you are still eligible to apply. This counts as indirect funding from ACE.

Museums can apply for funding of up to £35,000 to be used within six months of receiving a grant.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is due to announce its emergency funding programme today. If you apply to both Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund to support COVID-19 response work, you should only accept funding from one funder. You must indicate in your application to each funder if you have also applied to the other.

 

When can I apply?
There will be two rounds of this fund.

You can apply to only one of these rounds. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if ACE are unable to offer you a grant in the first round.

The budget will be split equally across both rounds. Please apply to the round that suits your circumstances best.

  Round one Round two
Portal opens for applications

 

Thursday 9 April 2020 Thursday 16 April 2020
Portal closes for applications

 

Thursday 16 April 2020 (12pm midday) Thursday 30 April 2020 (12pm midday)

If you don’t already have a Grantium profile, please try to register by Monday 13 April 2020 for the first round, otherwise there is no guarantee that your profile will have been validated in time. Use this guidance to help you.

 

Further information
Further information is available on the ACE website including FAQs which will be updated regularly.

 

 

 

Arts Council England Announces COVID-19 Emergency Measures and Funding

From Arts Council England:

We are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding.

We will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million. We’ve re-purposed all our investment strands to be able to offer this support. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon.



Funding for National Portfolio Organisations  

We will be making £90 million available to NPOs. We hope organisations will use this funding to reboot their creative work, but we also understand it may be required to alleviate financial pressures on NPOs.

More info can be found here.



Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio  

£50 million will be made available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support.

More info can be found here.



Funding for individuals 

We want to support artists, creative practitioners and freelancers as best we can in this crisis. We’re making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.

More info can be found here.


We will publish guidance for applicants including the detailed timetable for this fund on 30 March. Potential applicants will need to register on our application portal Grantium by Friday 3 April. There will be support for people to do this.

 

New Collecting Awards

New Collecting Awards
Closing Date: 28th April

Art Fund are now accepting applications for the sixth round of the New Collecting Awards, which offers 100% funding for curators to build or expand collections of fine art, design or visual culture. The programme aims to support curators in developing skills associated with researching and identifying acquisitions, and offers a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs and the support of a mentor. Applications close on Tuesday 28 April, and more information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.

Rural Growth Programme Fund

Rural Growth Programme Fund
Closing Date: Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16th February 

A new round of this fund has recently opened which covers rural capital projects – minimum grant £20,000, maximum c.£170,000. The emphasis is on businesses and job creation, but rural tourist attractions, such as museums and heritage centres, can also apply.
The scheme has 3 themes:

  1. Tourism.
  2. Small/medium businesses.
  3. Food processing.

For more information about this funding scheme, please click here.