Category: Resilience

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest government information
Latest information and advice (22nd May)
The Government has started to provide information on working safely in different settings that will apply to museums e.g. offices (20th May)
The guidance on Working safely during coronavirus has been updated (19th May)
Staying safe outside your home (18th May)
Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (19th May)
The online service opens on 26th May to repay employers at small and medium-sized organisations the Statutory Sick Pay for up to two weeks for eligible employees who have been off sick due to coronavirus.
Get help and support for your business
The Business Support Helpline number in England has changed to FREEPHONE 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund (21st May)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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. Deadline is 30th June but organisations can apply at any time.

Grants of between £3,000 to £50,000, to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable.

Grants of between £50,000 to £250,000, can be used to cover essential costs for up to four months, address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis.

FAQs about the fund are being updated continually.

Places are still available through MDNW’s bid writing support to receive advice from Laura Drane for museums wanting to apply to NLHF’s Heritage Emergency Fund. To book one of the advice slots contact Alex Bird, alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk.

 

Arts Council England Covid-19 Support for organisations from Government and other sources (12th May)
Includes links to sources of support including tax relief, premises and insurance

 

Museums Association
Coronavirus: Organisational and Employment FAQs (19th May)
Taskforce to support reopening of cultural sector in England (20th May)

 

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (14th May)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources.

 

DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (18th May) Coronavirus bulletin 20200518

 

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest government information
Latest information and advice (15th May)
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy (11th May)
The Government has started to provide information on working safely in different settings that will apply to museums e.g. offices (11th May)
Staying safe outside your home (11th May)
Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus
Coronavirus job retention scheme (11th May)
The scheme has been extended until 31st October 2020. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of this month.
Local authority discretionary grants fund (13th May)
This additional fund is aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, including small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief. Local authorities may disburse grants to the value of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000. The value of the payment to be made to a business is at the discretion of the local authority.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – a new strand to the Heritage Emergency Fund (15th May)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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 is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, deadline is 30thJune but organisations can apply at any time.

FAQs about the fund are being updated continually.

Today the NLHF has announced a new strand to the Heritage Emergency Fund. Within the current £50m available, it has created a new grant range of £50,000 to £250,000, available to all past and current National Lottery Heritage Fund grantees and can be used to cover essential costs for up to four months. Applications open on 21st May. Organisations can apply any time before 30th June 2020.

These larger grants are to help organisations in the heritage sector address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis. This can include:

  • stabilising an organisation or heritage asset
  • protecting heritage through mothballing
  • reconfiguring business plans
  • covering essential costs such as site security or maintaining natural habitats
  • increasing digital activities during this period
  • testing new activities that will help with recovery
  • revising strategic and operating plans

Funding will be prioritised for organisations that:

  • have limited or no access to other sources of support
  • have already tried other options
  • have limited reserves
  • and are making an outstanding contribution to their local area and communities

 

MDNW – Emergency funding bid writing support (15th May)
Places are still available to receive advice from Laura Drane for museums wanting to apply to NLHF’s Heritage Emergency Fund for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, or to the new grant range of £50,000–£250,000 (see above). To book one of the advice slots available contact Alex Bird, alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk.

As part of the support we asked Laura to create a summary document outlining what is available from both ACE and the NLHF, and a short video giving advice and further guidance, but please note that the deadline for the ACE funding has now passed.

 

Arts Council England Financial support for NPOs and Lead CPP organisations
Up to £90million available to provide financial assistance to National Portfolio Orangisations and Creative People and Places programme lead organisations who are most in need by making emergency grants available to help them survive until the end of September 2020. Fund opened for applications on 12th May and will close 12pm 19th May 2020.

 

Museums AssociationReopening the museum sector: A statement from the Museums Association (4th May)

 

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund (1st May)
The Foundation has partnered with a-n The Artists Information Company to set up a new £1.5m Emergency Fund for artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector living in England and Northern Ireland. Open from 7th May, the new fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need.

 

Arts Fundraising & PhilanthropyFundraising at times of crisis (May)
Online edition of their publication, including fundraising amid the pandemic

 

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (14th May)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including the Job Retention Scheme, HR and insurance advice, and an offer of online advice surgeries to support museums during the pandemic. Now also includes the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) results of its Attractions Recovery Tracker with key insights into how people are feeling about returning to attractions.

 

DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (11th May) Coronavirus bulletin 20200511
Please note that the link in attachment to the guidance for the museums in the Brandenberg region in Germany is incorrect.  This is the correct one.

 

Charity Commission guidance
Don’t forget if you’re a charitable trust or run a charitable arm the Charity Commission has a range of guidance specifically for charities with different legal structures, and guidance for specific events e.g.

They also have guidance regarding coronavirus impacts:

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (7th May)

Esmée Fairbairn Collections FundNew Sustaining Engagement with Collections funding (4th May)
In response to the current difficulties facing museums, the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (administered by the Museums Association) is diverting £350,000 to a new type of small grant, Sustaining Engagement with Collections, which will offer grants of up to £30,000 for projects of up to a year. This will enable it to support 12-15 organisations to explore different ways of engaging with collections while physical access is not available or is severely limited.

The deadline for applications to this fund is 26th May 2020.

This is a one-off funding round with a quick turnaround that has been developed to complement other funding streams, in particular those from Art Fund and the NLHF Digital Skills for Heritage. The Fund would particularly encourage potential applicants to think about experimental or innovative interventions with collections online, and/or collections work that will put the museum in a stronger position when it is able to reopen, for example by building audiences and income generation through work with collections.

This is a simple, one stage application process.  Applicants should first read the Sustaining Engagement with Collections Guidance for Applicants, then discuss your idea with one of the Museums Association team before applying.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund (7th May)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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 is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, deadline is 30th June but organisations can apply at any time.

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants will cover unavoidable costs organisations will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. You should only apply for essential costs.

A clarification has been made to the exclusions, applications are not being accepted from:

  • Statutory organisations e.g. local authorities, even if they have previously been funded by NLHF
  • Organisations that have previously only received funding from NLHF for project grants £10,000 and under
  • Organisations that have already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor

FAQs about the fund are being updated continually.

MDNWEmergency funding bid writing support (7th May)
By now all North West Accredited museums and those Working Towards Accreditation who aren’t nationals, NPOs, English Heritage or National Trust sites should have received an email from us to find out how you are faring in the pandemic. These are helping us put together a regional picture and identify individual museums currently most at risk.

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from the National Lottery Heritage 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 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 has now passed.

To book one of the advice slots available contact Alex Bird alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (7th May)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including the Job Retention Scheme, HR and insurance advice, and an offer of online advice surgeries to support museums during the pandemic. AIM have also introduced ‘AIM Hallmarks at Home’ series of webinars for members, upcoming webinars include Good governance in a time of crisis for Scottish museums (13th May) and Fundraising Forum (20th May).

DCMS Museums & galleries sector – Coronavirus bulletin (PDF) [4th May]

Collections TrustCollections in lockdown resources (7th May)
Collections Trust has added to its repository of useful resources relevant to the pandemic, including a new museum site visit checklist to aid museum staff and volunteers to undertake regular site visits at their museum for collections care and security purposes.

Arts Council England – Managing Financial Difficulties guide and toolkit
ACE have published a new guide and toolkit designed to help organisations recognise and manage some of the financial challenges they might be facing. Although it was commissioned before the Covid-19 crisis and isn’t part of its Emergency Response Package, the toolkit contains advice and guidance organisations might find useful right now such as:

  • Understand your current financial situation
  • Take control of your finances
  • Know the leadership and change & transition models to use
  • Manage yourself and others through a period of financial difficulties

Museum Development East MidlandsBusiness Planning in a Crisis
Our colleagues at Museum Development East Midlands have released this training video and document exploring what business planning museums can do during the COVID-19 crisis.

Gov.ukManage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus (23rd April)
New guidance for trustees, especially at smaller charities, who may need help facing difficult situations or decisions.

Small Charities Coalition – Guide to funders (28th April)
The Small Charities Coalition has produced a guide to national, regional and local funders, recently updated.

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (1st May)

 

Upcoming events
NCVO webinar – Involving volunteers during the pandemic: what you need to know
10am, 5th May
Free to members and non-members

AIM Hallmarks at Home webinar – Understanding your audiences
2pm, 6th May

 

Esmée Fairbairn Collections FundNew Sustaining Engagement with Collections funding (30th April)
In response to the current difficulties facing museums, the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (administered by the Museums Association) is diverting £350,000 to a new type of small grant, Sustaining Engagement with Collections, which will offer grants of up to £30,000 for projects of up to a year. This will enable it to support 12-15 organisations to explore different ways of engaging with collections while physical access is not available or is severely limited.

The deadline for applications to this fund is 26th May 2020.

This is a one-off funding round with a quick turnaround that has been developed to complement other funding streams, in particular those from Art Fund and the NLHF Digital Skills for Heritage. The Fund would particularly encourage potential applicants to think about experimental or innovative interventions with collections online, and/or collections work that will put the museum in a stronger position when it is able to reopen, for example by building audiences and income generation through work with collections.

This is a simple, one stage application process.  Applicants should first read the Sustaining Engagement with Collections Guidance for Applicants, then discuss your idea with one of the Museums Association team before applying.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund (22nd April)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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 is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, deadline is 30th June but organisations can apply at any time.

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants will cover unavoidable costs organisations will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. You should only apply for essential costs.

A clarification has been made to the exclusions, applications are not being accepted from:

  • Statutory organisations e.g. local authorities, even if they have previously been funded by NLHF
  • Organisations that have previously only received funding from NLHF for project grants £10,000 and under
  • Organisations that have already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor

FAQs about the fund are being updated continually.

 

MDNWEmergency funding bid writing support (30th April)
By now all North West Accredited museums and those Working Towards Accreditation who aren’t nationals, NPOs, English Heritage or National Trust sites should have received an email from us to find out how you are faring in the pandemic. These are helping us put together a regional picture and identify individual museums currently most at risk.

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from the National Lottery Heritage 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 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 has now passed.

To book one of the advice slots available contact Alex Bird alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

 

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (30th April)
Includes updates on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and guidance on how to manage financial difficulties, fundraising appeals and VAT deferral.

 

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (29th April)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources; recently added pages include good governance in a crisis.

 

DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin Coronavirus bulletin 20200427 (27th April 2020)

 

Collections TrustCollections in lockdown resources (30th April)
Collections Trust has added to its repository of useful resources relevant to the pandemic, including a new museum site visit checklist to aid museum staff and volunteers to undertake regular site visits at their museum for collections care and security purposes.

 

Arts Council England – Managing Financial Difficulties guide and toolkit
ACE have published a new guide and toolkit designed to help organisations recognise and manage some of the financial challenges they might be facing. Although it was commissioned before the Covid-19 crisis and isn’t part of its Emergency Response Package, the toolkit contains advice and guidance organisations might find useful right now such as:

  • Understand your current financial situation
  • Take control of your finances
  • Know the leadership and change & transition models to use
  • Manage yourself and others through a period of financial difficulties

 

Museum Development East MidlandsBusiness Planning in a Crisis
Our colleagues at Museum Development East Midlands have released this training video and document exploring what business planning museums can do during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Gov.ukManage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus (23rd April)
New guidance for trustees, especially at smaller charities, who may need help facing difficult situations or decisions.

 

Small Charities Coalition – Guide to funders (28th April)
The Small Charities Coalition has produced a guide to national, regional and local funders, recently updated.

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (24th April)

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund (22nd April)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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 is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000, deadline is 30th June  but organisations can apply at any time. Demand is expected to be high and NLHF will prioritise funding against the criteria list below.

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Current or previous recipient of a grant directly from NLHF (or formerly Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • An owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity

Applications are not being accepted from:

  • Statutory organisations e.g. local authorities, even if they have previously been funded by NLHF
  • Organisations that have previously only received funding from NLHF for activity-based project grants £10,000 and under
  • Organisations that have already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor

Organisations will be given priority that:

  • Have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support, for example, from Governments, other National Lottery distributors, other emergency funding from trusts and foundations
  • Have already tried other options to stop being at risk such as putting projects on hold, rephasing milestones, repurposing other funding to support day-to-day operations, minimising costs but maximising the function of existing projects (value engineering)
  • Are in greater financial risk from COVID-19 due to a reliance on trading or community fundraising income streams
  • Are in greater financial risk due to limited reserves

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants will cover unavoidable costs organisations will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. You should only apply for essential costs.

As a guide you could apply for costs to:

  • Stabilise your organisation in the immediate term to make sure the vital heritage you care for is not put further at risk by COVID-19 (for example, staff costs to allow you to respond, design and deliver plans)
  • Help you plan and initiate mothballing of (putting aside or withdrawing from use) your heritage asset/s and other approaches to protecting heritage that is at risk
  • Run immediate risk management reviews and the actions identified as needed to safe-guard your organisation
  • Reconfigure business plans, governance and activity needed to help safeguard the future of your organisation
  • Cover essential operational costs, for example, site security or maintaining climatic conditions for collections

Applications to the Heritage Emergency Fund are not through the usual portal. Applications have to be completed in one go; they can’t be started, saved and worked on at a later time. You might find it useful to see a copy of the application form questions here to make sure you have all the information you need to hand before you start your application.

Decisions will be made within two to four weeks. If your application is unsuccessful you cannot resubmit. The Heritage Emergency Fund is open until June and funding will be allocated across the period, it won’t be front-loaded. The NLHF encourages organisations not to rush their applications. It advises them to read the application guidance carefully and make sure they are asking for the right support at the right time through the Heritage Emergency Fund. FAQs about the fund will be updated continually and were last updated on 22nd April.

 

Arts Council England Emergency funding package for museums outside of the National Portfolio (24th April)
Deadline 30th April
To 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.

Museums which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

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

ACE are continually updating their FAQs on their website to clarify eligibility.

Clarification regarding local authorities – local authorities cannot apply to the non-NPO emergency fund but a museum/service which sits within the local authority can. It needs to make clear the application is coming from the museum/service; for example for Anytown Museums & Galleries the application will have to come from Anytown Museums & Galleries, not Anytown local authority. The bank account can sit with the ‘parent’ body or local authority in this case.

Some museums have reported difficulties in seeing their application in Grantium. One museum has found that the solution is to clear filters and has put together a Grantium – clearing filters guide for anyone else having the same issue – many thanks to them for pulling this together.

Digital Culture Network
ACE’s Digital Culture Network is also available to help develop your organisation’s digital skills, find new ways to reach and engage audiences and help develop your business models

Managing Financial Difficulties guide and toolkit
ACE have published a new guide and toolkit designed to help organisations recognise and manage some of the financial challenges they might be facing. Although it was commissioned before the Covid-19 crisis and isn’t part of its Emergency Response Package, the toolkit contains advice and guidance organisations might find useful right now such as:

  • Understand your current financial situation
  • Take control of your finances
  • Know the leadership and change & transition models to use
  • Manage yourself and others through a period of financial difficulties

Financial support for NPOs
Details of support has also been published by ACE for NPOs who are most in need by making emergency grants available to help them survive until the end of September 2020.

 

MDNW (24th April) Emergency funding bid writing support
By now all North West Accredited museums and those Working Towards Accreditation who aren’t nationals, NPOs, English Heritage or National Trust sites should have received an email from us to find out how you are faring in the pandemic. These are helping us put together a regional picture and identify individual museums currently most at risk.

To help museums respond quickly with applications to emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we are running a programme of support for museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

As part of the support we asked Laura Drane to create 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.

To book one of the advice slots available contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk.

 

The Audience Agency COVID-19 Digital SOS (24th April)
The Audience Agency is offering 1-2-1 support to help you build your organisation’s resilience and improve your digital effectiveness. This is part of their Culture in the Time of Corona Resource Hub.

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (23rd April)
Includes guidance on how to manage financial difficulties, fundraising appeals and VAT deferral.

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (21st April)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including the Job Retention Scheme, HR and insurance advice, and an offer of online advice surgeries to support museums during the pandemic. AIM have also introduced ‘AIM Hallmarks at Home’ series of webinars for members.

DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin Coronavirus bulletin 20200420 (20th April 2020)

Gov.uk Find coronavirus financial support for your business
This flow chart will help identify what government financial support might be available for your museum.

Understanding your financial situation
It is crucial that you know your financial situation and are able to articulate it to apply for emergency funding. Some resources that might help are:

Cultural Sector Mindset survey
A Different View, working with AIM and Blooloop, is running a survey that aims to take the temperature on where organisations are now, and again in the future. The purpose of this is twofold:

  1. the survey will gather ‘mindset’ data to gauge the mood of organisations – and how it might change as this crisis works its way through
  2. the survey will gather information on perceived/expected impacts of the COVID closure, and how these might change the way organisations operate and shape delivery in the future

The survey should take five minutes to complete and is here

 

 

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news from the last week about COVID-19 relevant to the sector. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (17th April)

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund (15th April)
£50million to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus crisis. 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 is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £50,000. The application form is now open, deadline is 30th June 2020 but organisations can apply at any time. Demand is expected to be high and NLHF will prioritise funding against the criteria list below.

Applicants must meet the following three criteria:

  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Current or previous recipient of a grant directly from NLHF (or formerly Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • An owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity

Applications are not being accepted from:

  • Statutory organisations e.g. local authorities, even if they have previously been funded by NLHF
  • Organisations that have previously only received funding from NLHF for activity-based project grants £10,000 and under
  • Organisations that have already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor

Organisations will be given priority that:

  • Have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support, for example, from Governments, other National Lottery distributors, other emergency funding from trusts and foundations
  • Have already tried other options to stop being at risk such as putting projects on hold, rephasing milestones, repurposing other funding to support day-to-day operations, minimising costs but maximising the function of existing projects (value engineering)
  • Are in greater financial risk from COVID-19 due to a reliance on trading or community fundraising income streams
  • Are in greater financial risk due to limited reserves

NLHF will also prioritise where:

  • An organisation is contributing to its outcomes around economic regeneration, inclusion and wellbeing, as defined in its Strategic Funding Framework
  • An organisation is working within one or more of the 13 Areas of Focus of NLHF identified in its Strategic Funding Framework
  • Heritage is most at risk (see NLHF website for definition of ‘at risk’)

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants will cover unavoidable costs organisations will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. You should only apply for essential costs.

As a guide you could apply for costs to:

  • Stabilise your organisation in the immediate term to make sure the vital heritage you care for is not put further at risk by COVID-19 (for example, staff costs to allow you to respond, design and deliver plans)
  • Help you plan and initiate mothballing of (putting aside or withdrawing from use) your heritage asset/s and other approaches to protecting heritage that is at risk
  • Run immediate risk management reviews and the actions identified as needed to safe-guard your organisation
  • Reconfigure business plans, governance and activity needed to help safeguard the future of your organisation
  • Cover essential operational costs, for example, site security or maintaining climatic conditions for collections

Applications to the Heritage Emergency Fund are not through the usual portal. Applications have to be completed in one go; they can’t be started, saved and worked on at a later time. You might find it useful to see a copy of the application form questions to make sure you have all the information you need to hand before you start your application.

Decisions will be made within two to four weeks. If your application is unsuccessful you cannot resubmit. The Heritage Emergency Fund is open until June and funding will be allocated across the period, it won’t be front-loaded. The NLHF encourages organisations not to rush their applications. It advises them to read the application guidance carefully and make sure they are asking for the right support at the right time through the Heritage Emergency Fund. FAQs about the fund will be updated continually.

 

Arts Council England Emergency funding package for museums outside of the National Portfolio (16th April)
The first round of the fund has now closed for applications. The second round closes on 30th April. There will be no further funding from this fund after that. To 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 which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

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

ACE are continually updating their FAQs on their website to clarify eligibility.

 

Historic England Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund Resilience Grants (17th April)
Resilience Grants (part of Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund) will be used to support heritage organisations which are severely affected by the impact of coronavirus and which require additional short-term emergency financial support in addition to the support packages announced by the Government and/or Lottery channels. It will also support projects and activities that respond to the current crisis and contribute to recovery in the heritage sector.

Will prioritise support to organisations and projects that care for and/or work on the most significant heritage assets (Grade I and II* Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, etc).

Criteria:
Criterion 1 – Emergency Revenue Funding: Applications for emergency revenue support from local or national heritage organisations where other Government and/or Lottery channels of support are not applicable, up to £25,000. Existing grant recipients should first approach English Heritage to discuss revenue under flexibility within existing grants (as a variation to these existing grants). To be considered for revenue support organisations will need to provide evidence that they do not have sufficient reserves to cover operational costs for the next three months, demonstrate that the coronavirus crisis is the principal reason for the revenue problem, and provide evidence that they have investigated other possible routes for grant funding, including other grant givers.

Criterion 2 – Projects and Activities: which respond to the current crisis and will contribute to the recovery of the heritage sector, grants up to £50,000. Applications invited from heritage organisations, self-employed contractors, third-sector organisations and voluntary groups across a range of activities. These projects might reduce risk to heritage caused by the coronavirus crisis by providing information, resources and skills to help understand and sustainably manage heritage assets now and in the future. They could allow us to understand the nature and degree of the additional threats to heritage as a result of the current crisis, understand which aspects of it are the most significant and most vulnerable, and develop creative ways to help us look after it. They might enable people to understand, value and enjoy the historic environment, perhaps through skills or engagement, either now during the current crisis, as we enter the recovery phase, or for future legacy. All organisations are eligible to apply.

Deadline for both funds is 3rd May.

 

MDNW Emergency funding bid writing support (15th April)
To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund we are running a programme of support for non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

As part of the support we asked Laura Drane to create 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.

To help you decide which funder is the right one for you, have a look at this simple flowchart created by West Midlands Museum Development, but please note that you need to contact MDNW if you’re in imminent danger of closing within 4-8 weeks.

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

 

Association of Independent Museums coronavirus resources (16th April)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including an update on the Job Retention Scheme, HR and insurance advice, and an offer of online advice surgeries to support museums during the pandemic. There is also a COVID-19 Checklist with actions to consider during this time.

DCMS Coronavirus bulletin 20200414 (14th April 2020)

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (16th April)
Includes update to guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC gift aid rules (16th April)
The Gift Aid rules on donating refunds due on charity events that have been cancelled due to coronavirus have been relaxed. This will make it easier and quicker to Gift Aid donations back to charities.

Heritage Alliance Guidance and Funding Hubs (15th April)
The Heritage Alliance have created both COVID-19 Guidance and Funding Hubs of information on their website.

Small Charities Coalition (14th April)
The Small Charities Coalition has produced a guide to national, regional and local funders.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (14th April)
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. £14million has been allocated in fast-response grants to be offered to some of the organisations they currently support. It is also making £2m available for contributions to emergency funding schemes in collaboration with others. It will share more details of its fast-response funding directly with organisations it supports in the next two weeks.

Museums Association Coronavirus: Organisational & Employment FAQs (9th April)
Updated FAQs

Understanding your financial situation
It is crucial that you know your financial situation and are able to articulate it to apply for emergency funding. Some resources that might help are:

 

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

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector before we finish for the Easter break. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (8th April)

 

Upcoming events
Coronavirus and your charity: What Chairs need to know
TODAY Wednesday 8th April 2020 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm webinar
Organised by the Association of Chairs, headline topics include:

  • Governance in the new normal – online meetings, trustee decision making, and AGMs.
  • HR issues – what chairs need to know about the job retention scheme
  • Finance and solvency.

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities including Association of Chairs members and non-members.

Fundraising forum at 4
Wednesday 15th April 2020, 4pm
Zoom
AIM are hosting an online fundraising forum for AIM members

 

Arts Council England
Emergency funding package (1st April)
Since our last COVID-19 blog post ACE have updated the FAQs on their website.

The first round of the fund opens for applications tomorrow and will close on 16th April. The second round opens for applications on 16th April and closes 30th April. There will be no further funding from this fund after that.

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

We have had some feedback from museums finding it difficult to set up an applicant profile in Grantium, where the operating name of the museum is different to that of the legal name of the organisation – typically this applies to longstanding charitable associations/heritage organisations that existed long before operating a museum. Some brief notes on this are Grantium applicant name advice.

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 which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

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

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund
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.

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 shortly. Please keep checking NLHF’s website for details.

 

MDNW (8th April)
Emergency funding bid writing

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from ACE and NLHF we are working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to support non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

25 slots will be available to book with Laura to either discuss the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, or proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information see here.

Funding sources information
The ‘Funding Sources’ section on our website has been updated with details of responses from the funders to the COVID-19 situation, and indicates where standard funding streams are still running as usual and open for applications, or new funding streams have been introduced to respond to COVID-19.

 

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund (8th April)
Applications are now paused to this fund.

DCMS Museums & galleries sector Coronavirus bulletin 20200406 (003) (6th April 2020)

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (7th April)
Includes update to guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In line with Manchester University’s closure days for Easter, the MDNW team will be away from work from Thursday 9th to Tuesday 14th April inclusive, so any further COVID-19 developments won’t be posted here until after that date.

 

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of the announcements about COVID-19 relevant to the sector that have come out this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but as things are changing quickly please check the original source for any updates.

 To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Latest information
Latest information and advice (3rd April)

 

Arts Council England
Emergency funding package (1st April)
Emergency funding package for museums outside of the National Portfolio.

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 which are currently Working Towards Accreditation cannot apply.

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

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, or 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

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.

We have had some feedback from museums finding it difficult to set up an applicant profile in Grantium, where the operating name of the museum is different to that of the legal name of the organisation – typically this applies to longstanding charitable associations/heritage organisations that existed long before operating a museum. Some brief notes on this are here – Grantium applicant name advice

ACE has also pulled together the latest support and guidance for organisations and individuals.

ACE has also just published some FAQs about the pause to the Accreditation scheme until April 2021.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund
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.

 

MDNW (3rd April)
Emergency funding bid writing support

To help museums respond quickly with applications to the emergency funding programmes from ACE and NLHF we are working with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to support non-NPO Accredited museums in the North West wanting to apply to either fund.

25 slots will be available to book with Laura to either discuss the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, or proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information and to book a slot see here.

Funding sources information
We are in the middle of updating the ‘Funding Sources’ tab on our website to reflect the responses from funders on how they’re supporting grantees at the moment, indicating where usual grant programmes are still running as normal, and details of new or repurposed grant streams specifically in response to COVID-19. This will be updated before Easter.

 

Association of Independent Museums (31st March)
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including listing the current financial support available for museums as employers, businesses and charities, as well as finance support information for individuals.

AIM is also offering one-to-one online advice surgeries for AIM members. These are one hour slots via email, phone or video conferencing, using the consultants who normally provide expertise to AIM’s Prospering Boards programme.

AIM is also offering free HR advice to members to assist on issues around coronavirus, in conjunction with AIM’s HR provider TheHRDept

 

Security and collections care advice during lockdown
Collections Trust is collating information and advice on security and collections care on its new Collections in Lockdown page.

AIM also has a page on their website

On Tuesday 7th April Collections Trust will be hosting an online discussion on caring for your collections during lockdown. More details here.

 

 Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund (30th March)
This fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year can apply. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.

Small Charities Coalition has resources and guidance for small charities.

DCMS Coronavirus bulletin 20200330 (30th March 2020)

Charity Finance GroupCoronavirus and your charity (2nd April)

 

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.