Category: Funding

Cooperation Project Call for Proposals

From Creative Europe:

The call for Cooperation Projects has been announced with the following deadlines:

The new timetable, new guidelines and eForms can be accessed here.

Changes to Cooperation Project guidelines

Important changes to the guidelines since 2017 include the following: 

  • The new one-off category supports projects that reflect the purpose of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
  • The lead organisation needs to have been legally established for 2 years prior to the deadline. Partners still must be a legal entity, established in one of the eligible countries, but this can now be for less than 2 years.
  • Tunisia is now added to the list of eligible countries.

 Contact us for advice and support and check our website for free events and workshops, which we will continue to announce as the deadlines approach.

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Funding Opportunities

The Cultural Protection Fund: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas. Non-governmental organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based in the UK can apply. The deadline for expressions of interest for large grants is 3 November 2017. The Cultural Protection Fund


The Gannett Foundation’s Community Action Grants

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Inc., owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK. Each year it awards grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to registered charities that ‘make a lasting difference to communities’ within the circulation and/or production area of the 300 Newsquest titles. Applications close 9 October The Gannett Foundation


Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation

This fund from the John Ellerman Foundation aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. The foundation wants to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. The foundation has earmarked £500,000 to be awarded through the Fund in 2018. They expect to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years. While the average grant size is ca. £85k they will consider higher amounts for exceptional projects. Applications close 1 December and all information can be found here: Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation


ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond the EU and greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships. The ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience. The Global Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. The total budget available for the Global Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium. Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 13 October 2017 hICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme

Museums Funding Fair

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

There’s one week to go until 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 programme 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
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate
  • Touring Exhibition Group

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

We have also updated our Funding Sources page which gives an up to date overview of the organisations that fund museums and the projects they fund.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

 

Museums Funding Fair: Two weeks to go!

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

11:00 – 15:00
FREE

There’s two weeks to go until 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 programme 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
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate
  • Touring Exhibition Group

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

We have also updated our Funding Sources page which gives an up to date overview of the organisations that fund museums and the projects they fund.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Museums Funding Fair: One month to go!

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

It’s exactly one month to go until 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
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate
  • Touring Exhibition Group

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

We have also updated our Funding Sources page which gives an up to date overview of the organisations that fund museums and the projects they fund.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

John Ellerman Foundation Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

From the John Ellerman Foundation:

Deadline for initial applications 1st December 2017

Museums and galleries are a means by which people engage with arts and heritage. Many regional institutions hold important collections which have the power to inspire creativity, motivate artistic expression and stimulate local regeneration.  In the current climate they face increasing challenges from funding cuts and curatorial under-provision, reducing their scope to research and display collections and create new exhibitions.

Aim

The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. We want to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

We have earmarked £500,000 to be awarded through the Fund in 2018. We expect to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years. While the average grant size is ca. £85k we will consider higher amounts for exceptional projects.

What we will fund

We are keen to fund work which has a legacy within and beyond the organisation. We are particularly interested in applications which:

  • enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out or
  • ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change

Who can apply

We focus on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections. The applicant should demonstrate:

  • excellence in their field at a national level
  • national significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection

In line with our general policy, we favour organisations with an income between £100,000 and £10m, but may fund a larger institution if it is uniquely placed to meet our aim. Local authority museums are also eligible. While our priority is regional museums and galleries, national institutions may also apply if their project brings significant benefits to the regions. We are particularly interested in applications from those areas where we have made fewer grants.

The organisation applying must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • an emphasis on the value of curatorial skills
  • proven experience of and enthusiasm for working in partnership
  • a commitment to excellence and innovation
  • strong leadership and commitment from senior management, board or governing body
  • effective financial management
  • the difference a grant would make, to the organisation, the general public or other audiences

What we do not fund

  • individual conservation projects (but we may consider conservation work as part of a wider request)
  • education and outreach work

For more information and details on how to apply visit the fund website.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme Announces NPO Award

Arts Council England has announced that Cause4, which leads the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, with consortium partners the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the University of Leeds, has become a National Portfolio Organisation due to commence from April 2018 for four years.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP)’s mission is to strengthen cultural organisations’ resilience and sustainability by transforming their fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success. The AFP Programme is delivered in partnership with consortium members: the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the University of Leeds with Cause4 as the lead partner organisation. Cause4 also works with a wide range of sector partners, individual practitioners and experienced consultants to deliver a Programme that empowers arts and cultural professionals across England to seize the considerable opportunities that fundraising offers; to help them form important relationships, develop different income streams and cultivate new commercial opportunities.

Consortium partners believe that fundraising is every cultural professional’s responsibility, and all professionals benefit, personally and professionally, from improving their fundraising knowledge and expertise. More importantly, artists, audiences and participants benefit from a cultural sector that has more financial flexibility, a healthy attitude to external partnerships and greater confidence in its public value.

AFP develops fundraisers across the arts, cultural and heritage sectors who are experienced and passionate about fundraising and development. As well as creating a sustainable legacy of case studies and complementary digital learning resources, AFP has also facilitated a burgeoning network of peer support across England, and fostered a culture of coaching and action learning that is having a broader influence on developmental practice in the sector.

Programme successes to date include:

  • A national annual programme of Essentials, Leadership and Trustee fundraising training;
  • A peer group of Regional Coordinators in each English region who help shape, test and develop the Programme;
  • Alumni of emerging and professional fundraisers who have taken part in a year-long academic and skills based leadership and fundraising Fellowship programme;
  • Funding of sector wide Networks to encourage and support collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England;
  • Culture Change bespoke training providing arts organisations with tailored support to help them adapt their income profiles and ensure the whole organisation becomes active in fundraising.

Michelle Wright Programme CEO of Cause4 and Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy said: ‘The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme has developed an extensive programme across England to support individual artists and organisations to adapt their fundraising in a much more difficult and uncertain economic environment. The announcement from Arts Council England that Cause4 is to become an NPO comes at an important time and allows us to look at the development of new business models, accredited training programmes as well as a new programme of new online e-learning and digital resources which will leave an important legacy of data and information about best practice in fundraising development for the sector.”

For more information about AFP visit their website here.

  National Lottery – Awards for All

Deadline: Apply anytime  

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

We’re also keen to support smaller organisations and will consider your income when making a decision.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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 – Helenw@aim-museums.co.uk

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer – justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

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.