Category: Funding

Annual Funding Fair 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester

We’re pleased to announce that our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector is scheduled to take place on Thursday 20th September at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and  representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums. We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture.

We will share more information nearer the time but if you have any questions, please contact Alex Bird –



ACE Developing your Creative Practice Funding

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. Round 2 opens on Thursday 12th July 2018.

From ACE:

“We will invest £3.6 million per year to allow creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice. We’ll invest through quarterly rounds to individuals working with our supported disciplines.”

For more information and details on how to apply click here.

The Dulverton Trust Funding Opportunity

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity supporting UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) to tackle a range of social issues, protect the natural world, and preserve heritage crafts. Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000 and grants for revenue and capital are available. Check eligibility and apply online here.

The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce that a special, one-off cataloguing grant, The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives, is OPEN for applications.

The grant for £4,000 is jointly funded by a bequest from the late John Armstrong and the BAC, and is for the cataloguing of transport-related business archives.

The aims of The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives, in funding the cataloguing of a transport-related business collection in either the private or public sector, are to:

  • Provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage transport-related business archives
  • Provide access to collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
  • Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing transport-related business collections
  • Make more transport-related business collections accessible

BAC envisage that the £4,000 grant will be used over the equivalent of a SIX-week period to fund an archive intern or temporary staff member (under professional supervision) to catalogue a discrete collection of transport-related business records. This work should produce either a detailed catalogue of a small collection or a top-level catalogue of a more substantial collection. The recipient of the Award should provide the BAC with an article for its newsletter, and the catalogue should be made available on The National Archives’ (TNA) Discovery database.

Applications are welcome from all types of organisation, whether public or private sector, such as a business, a local record office, university, museum, charity, specialised repository, and that hold business archives related to transport, for example papers of: rail, automobile, maritime or aeronautical companies, etc. Applicants who have previously applied to the BAC’s two existing grants are welcome to apply.

The deadline for applications for The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives is Friday 5 October 2018 at 4pm.

Download the application form and guidance document.

Any questions about this grant should be addressed to Ben White, Administrator of The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives.

Tel: 020 3461 4810

Funding News

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds UK registered charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. The focus for 2018-2021 includes accessibility of the arts for young people, provision of art and music therapy to improve quality of life for the elderly and disabled, and protection and conservation of the countryside.  Most grants are single grants over a one-year period of £500 – £5,000. The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding. Find out more here.

The Henry Smith Charity: Strengthening Communities

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme the charity wants to make sure that their funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. You must be working within the 10% most deprived areas for England & Scotland and within the 15% most deprived areas for Northern Ireland & Wales. The funding covers running costs. Find out more here.

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust has announced that the next funding round to support the development of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies will open for registrations on the 23 July 2018 at 10 am. The Trust is offering development funding of up to £30,000 and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £500,000 per year. To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Full information: The Fore Trust.

Funding News

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Invest Grants

Closing Date: 18th May

Invest grants provide longer term core or direct delivery funding for eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. Grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

What Invest Grants Fund – Invest grants fund core organisational costs, meaning those related to the day to day running of your charity. Requests for core costs will only be considered where the majority of your charity’s work (more than 50% of your work and expenditure) meets our eligibility criteria. We also fund costs associated with the direct delivery of your work.

Length of Invest Grants – Invest grants are from £10,000 up to £25,000 per year for a period of two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

When applying for a grant, you need to tell us how long you see the underlying work or project running for, and the length of grant you are seeking. If successful with your application, we will award a grant for an initial two or three year period. If you are seeking funding beyond this initial period, your local Grant Manager will explain the process for securing continuation funding, up to a maximum of six years.

Biffa Award – New funding opportunity for partnership projects

Closing Date: On-going, next submission date is 14th May, with the following in July.

Biffa Award have an exciting new funding opportunity for organisations looking to improve a built or natural environment. This will mean supporting brand new projects of regional or even national significance.

To find out the deadlines for this scheme visit our submission deadline page at there are separate deadline for both Built Environment and Natural Environment applications.

Preference will be given to projects:

  • Where Biffa Award is the majority funder;
  • Who work in partnership with other organisations;
  • Who engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.

General Criteria:

  • The applicant organisation and project are eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST. There will be conditions for any grant approved. Please note that organisations must be not for profit. Local authorities cannot apply or enrol;
  • Funds available: £250,000 – £750,000;
  • Each project site is within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa landfill site. Check your project’s postcode using the Postcode Checker below.

To find out more and to read the full list of criteria for the programme please head to the Biffa Award website here.

Coalfield Community Investment Programme

Closing Date: 15th June

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

Cause4 Advance Free E-learning Courses in Fundraising

Live until 4 May 2018

From Cause4:

There is still time to register and take advantage of the largest FREE e-learning fundraising training for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the arts, cultural and heritage sector. The current courses (see below) are live up until 4 May 2018. 

Asking People for Money

This two hour course guides you through asking individuals for gifts and is aimed at anyone who engages in fundraising such as artists, leaders, managers, Trustees and volunteers. It provides an introduction to individual giving, covers the basics of setting a strategy, cultivating relationships, communicating with supporters, and managing donation schemes and events.

Trustee Leadership in Fundraising and Income Generation

This 1.5 hour course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable Trustee in supporting fundraising. It covers the key responsibilities of Trustees in fundraising, the regulations around fundraising, and how you might help build relationships with donors and funders to boost your organisation’s income generation.

Ethics in Fundraising

This 1.5 hour course is designed to give Trustees, CEOs and Senior Fundraisers guidance as to how to approach issues in relation to ethics in fundraising. It will support participants with guidance about how to implement a practical ethical fundraising strategy that protects artistic and organisational integrity, and navigates issues in relation to reputational risk

We also have micro-learning modules which offer snippets of top-up information in Why Individual Giving, Trustees Leading Fundraising and Ethical Fundraising.

Find out more at

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird –

Business Archives Council – Cataloguing Grant Fund Now Open

The Business Archives Council’s annual cataloguing grant for business collections opens for applications today. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • Provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives
  • Reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
  • Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections
  • Increase access to business collections

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 June.

Find out more about the grant criteria and how to apply on the BAC website.

Any questions about the grant should be addressed to Jenny Willis, Administrator, Business Archives Council Cataloguing Grant 2018 at
tel: 0300 0300 700 (ext. 953)

Funding News

National Lottery Awards

Closing Date: Friday 6th April for nominations

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 525,000 grants awarded since 1994.

There are seven categories that you can enter, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

You can nominate your favourite project or put your own forward. All entries must have received National Lottery funding, at any time since the Lottery started in 1994.

Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves. Enter your chosen project into this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Winners receive a £5,000 prize for their project and star in a television show on BBC. Click here for more information.

Architectural Heritage Fund

Closing Date: Deadlines throughout the year

The AHF is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK. Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – we can help with our advice, development grants or loans.

The Fund has recently increased the maximum for 2 of its grant programmes:

  • Project Viability Grants can now be up to £7,500 (increasing from £5,000)
  • Project Development Grants can now be up to £30,000 (increasing from £25,000)

To apply you must be a formally constituted charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.

For more information, please click here.

Garfield Weston Capital fund

Closing Date: Saturday 30th June

In 2018 the Foundation will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of these celebrations they have launched the Weston Anniversary Fund. This one-off grants scheme will fund Capital projects that provide new, or improve existing community facilities for people across the UK. Applications close 30 June. To apply, please visit their website.