Mid-Week Training Round-Up

Welcome to our first mid-week update, which will focus on signposting you to up and coming training opportunities and online events delivered by Sector Support Organisations and the Subject Specialist Networks.

Association of Independent Museums (AIM)

Hallmarks at Home takes the existing principles and applies them to the recovery and reopening of the museum sector post-coronavirus. This programme of online events is intended to help AIM members get into the best position to prosper and thrive in the long-term.


Arts Marketing Association (AMA)

The AMA are hosting a number of FREE webinars in the coming weeks covering a number of different topics. Please note though that some are already sold out, although you can join the waiting list:

Monday 11th May – Digital Access and Inclusion
This online workshop is for people who work in small to medium-sized heritage organisations who manage digital aspects of their organisations, including websites and online content.

Thursday 14th May – Recording of Encouraging your Audience to Try New Things
This webinar explores tried and tested techniques that will help you encourage your audiences to see a wider range of the work you offer.

Thursday 14th May – Encouraging your Audience to Try New Things
This webinar explores tried and tested techniques that will help you encourage your audiences to see a wider range of the work you offer.

Monday 18th May – Recording of Make the Most of your Recorded Content
Watch the recording of this Q&A with Craig Bush, founder of TAKT, a video production company working with the arts, culture and heritage sector. Craig will share his top tips on how to get the most from your existing recorded content.

Monday 18th May – Make the Most of your Recorded Content (Q&A)
Join this live Q&A with Craig Bush, founder of TAKT, a video production company working with the arts, culture and heritage sector. Craig will share his top tips on how to get the most from your existing recorded content.


Collections Trust

Over the next two weeks, Collections Trust are running a number of online events covering a wide variety of subjects from volunteers to collections care:

Wednesday 6th May – Collections Trust Coffee Time
Join the weekly online get-together to chat about a museum topic over your elevenses. This week Collections Trust will be discussing how you’re keeping volunteers involved and engaged during lockdown.

Tuesday 12th May – Collections care in lockdown: 5 weeks on – livestream Q&A

Following on from the successful first Q&A in April, Collections Trust’s collections care panel will meet again to discuss developments over the last 5 weeks, new resources, and to answer more of your questions. To submit a question, click here

Tuesday 19th May – Spectrum Book Club

Updating your procedures while at home, or just looking for a refresher on Spectrum 5.0?  The Spectrum book club can help. It’s a simple format: read the relevant part of Spectrum beforehand, consider how you do things in your museum, then discuss it all with a group of others working on the same procedure. For more info, click here.


The British Art Network (BNA)

The BNA will be delivering a series of four online seminars that traces some of the historic interactions between South Asia and Wales:

Tuesday 12th May – Seminar One: Exploring Colonial Conversations
This seminar will bring together visual artists from India and Wales, whose multi-media work explores themes of identity, migration, colonialisation and collaboration; paying particular attention to Swansea’s status as the second city of Sanctuary.

Thursday 14th May – Seminar Two: Miniatures and The West
This event includes curators, art historians and artists who will discuss the two-way traffic between painting in the Mughal courts and European styles.

For more information about these two events, details on how to book and the up and coming seminars, click here.


The Photographic Collections Network

Thursday 7th May – Writing About Photography: unlocking stories from the archives to create press releases for your collections

This is a (virtual) hands-on workshop on writing about photography for publication. Anyone who works with photographic collections knows that there are great stories hidden in the archives just waiting to be written about. In this workshop Tom Seymour will share his knowledge of how to craft jargon-free press releases to help you share the hidden stories and histories of the photographic collections you work with.

For more details and to book a place, click here.


Museum Development East Midlands

Our colleagues in the Museum Development East Midlands team recently ran a webinar called Museum Business Planning in a Crisis: Top tips for survival. Hosted by Heather Lomas, Organisational Health Consultant for Museum Development East Midlands, it looks at what steps to currently take to ensure management of finances, collections and operations.

British Museum National Programme – new opportunities

From the British Museum:

Call for Museum Futures host partners – A Heritage Fund traineeship

We are starting to identify potential partners interested in hosting a trainee in 2021, the final cohort year of the Museum Futures traineeship.

Museum Futures will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals through on-the-job training in digital skills related to museum collections. High quality work experience will equip 27 trainees over three one-year intakes with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in museums and galleries, or in the wider heritage sector.

The British Museum will support host partners to recruit and develop trainees as well as:

  • Manage the Level 3 Cultural Heritage qualification earned by trainees
  • Pay a bursary of £13,350 (tax free) [£15,350 for London-based trainees]
  • Coordinate monthly training sessions at partner museums across the UK (travel expenses paid)

We are seeking partners that will:

  • Host a full-time, entry-level trainee from January 2021 through December 2021
  • Identify innovative digital projects to allow trainee to build their skills and make an impact at their museum
  • Nominate a supervisor with the ability and capacity to provide ongoing training and support

We ask that all interested partners contact the Programme Manager, Naomi Salinas-Burton at nsalinas-burton@britishmuseum.org to request an Expression of Interest form.

Due to COVID-19 and staff furloughs, partner recruitment may be delayed. We will try to be flexible with potential partners.


Volunteers for Museum Learning Award- A call for nominations

We are very pleased to announce that applications have opened for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The current health crisis highlights how important volunteering can be, with over 750,000 people having signed up to support the NHS in a matter of days.

The Marsh Award for Volunteers for Museum Learning celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public. The awards provide a great opportunity to recognise the contribution of those who voluntarily gave their time to support other people and organisations during 2019.

There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. Each year, the awards are presented at a ceremony at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were Temple Newsam House, Yorkshire.

Applications are open to individuals or groups. Volunteers are able to apply themselves or you can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome.

To apply, please visit the British Museum website at www.britishmuseum.org/support-us/volunteer/marsh-awards.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 July 2020.

Please use the volunteers email address volunteers@britishmuseum.org to submit your application. We appreciate that with most people working from home, you may not be able to access photographs and so on, and in these circumstances we are happy to relax the requirements.

Fantastic for Families Awards – Deadline Extended

From Family Arts Campaign:fantastic_for_family

We have extended the deadline for the Fantastic for Families Awards to midday on Friday 22nd May 2020.

The Fantastic for Families Awards celebrate the wealth of outstanding creative events and spaces for families across the UK.

Whether you are part of a venue or a company, a museum or heritage site, a library, or you’re an artist or a producer, you can apply for a national Fantastic for Families Award.

Remember that we’re also celebrating excellent work for older family members with the award for Best Age-Friendly Cultural Organisation.

We know that many organisations have staff members under furlough. If you know that you will be unable to submit an application by 22nd of May, please contact info@fantasticforfamilies.com and we will endeavour to arrange a suitable extension for your application. We will need to receive your request for an extension before the application window closes on 22nd May.

To download an application form, click here

Manchester Museum in Quarantine – Interview with Chiara Ludolini

Many museums and galleries are exploring ways to improve their online presence, more so than ever.

In what seemed like a record time, Manchester Museum were able to create a new website – MM in Quarantine – which brought together existing digital resources into one easy to navigate site.

One of those involved in setting up the MM in Quarantine was Chiara Ludolini, Visitor Team Assistant at MM. I took some of her time to get some insight into how the website came to be.

MM_Quarantine

Screenshot of MMinQuarantine website

How did the idea of MM in Quarantine come up?

In challanging times like this, museums can play an important role in promoting connection and inspiration. Like many museums around the world, it was our priority to keep the museum virtually open via web resources and social media.

Our Museum’s Director Esme Ward along with Alia Ullah, Marketing and Communications Officer, came up with the idea of the website. They both recognised that although the Museum had fantastic online resources, they were difficult to find.

By curating them in one place on an easy to navigate site, the Museum could be opened up to people not just locally but across the world and meet our visitors’ needs by proposing useful content that helps to entertain and educate until the museum reopens.

How easy (or hard) was it to set up?

Relatively easy, with the smart use of the already existing digital resources, the main job has been to curate and coordinate them in an organic, efficient and accessible way, ensuring their relevance and use for our visitors. The digital team working collaboratively with the whole museum team, collected the content and in a short time, without incurring additional costs, and were able to design a flexible and accessible platform that could be updated regularly with new content and resources.

How has the reception been to the website?

The social media campaign to promote the mobile site #MMinQuarantine received an amazing response with a reach of over 200,000 impressions in the first 24 hours and great feedback from the public, with many comments from schools and parents enjoying ‘virtual trips’ of the museum and people enjoying looking around our exhibitions and displays in their own homes.

Campaigns like  ‘Manchester Museum’s Encyclopeadia of Wondrous Objects‘, for example, have been hugely successful in attracting new audiences online. They offer the opportunity to use storytelling not only to highlight the objects in our collection, but the wider project based work we do in partnership with amazing organisations.

Lastly, do you have any advice for other museums thinking of doing something similar?

Be smart in the way to use your resources, be uniquely you in the way you engage with your visitors and consider collaboration as the key to your work. Alia Ullah, Marketing & Media Officer at Manchester Museum, wrote a very useful article on Museum and Heritage with some tips for opening up museums online.

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.

 

Art UK’s #OnlineArtExchange extended

Art UK’s first #OnlineArtExchange was met with enthusiastic feedback and they are now continuing the Twitter exchange each Thursday along thematic (rather than regional) lines.

To get involved, tweet an artwork you love from any other collection using the hashtag. The first few themes are:

30th April: Springtime
7th May: Depictions of fashion and costumes
14th May: Dogs
21th May: Home/Family

 

If you would like to double check any copyright permissions of images on Art UK, please email Julia DeFabo, Social Media Manager: julia.defabo@artuk.org

 

Nice Things for Museum People: Online CPD

Welcome to the sixth of our Monday morning blog posts for our museum colleagues. As with the others of these posts, we hope they will help you feel that you’re staying connected with us and the North West museums sector in some way. Read them if they’re helpful to you, ignore them if they’re not.

After taking you on a virtual tour in our last ‘Nice things’ post, this week we’re thinking about continuing professional development (CPD) and training.

But here’s the small print first – if you’re furloughed there are strict rules about what you can and cannot do, including undertaking training, so before you get carried away with some of the courses below (especially the ones about clowns or animals), check the guidance on the CPID website first.

Anyway, back to online CPD. Here’s our quick list of some organisations that have recently removed pay walls so now’s an opportunity to access training that might not usually be open to you:

  • Arts Marketing Association (AMA) are offering free webinars covering everything from e-commerce to developing your audiences. It’s also running the Digital Heritage Lab, a free programme for small and medium heritage organisations seeking to develop their digital capabilities and capacity, funded through the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • The Creative Industries Federation are offering free, six-month memberships giving you access to their training and resources
  • University of Central London are running a self-led course called ‘Culture, Health and Wellbeing: An Introduction’  which will help you to develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within your museum
  • ACM Training, who we use to deliver our business skills workshops, have moved their workshops online and are offering some free places to people who have been made redundant or are furloughed. They also have a new YouTube channel, in which they host discussions and offer bite-sized training sessions on everything from presentation skills, through media relations and crisis communications to dealing with difficult people and managing difficult teams

Our colleagues at Museum Development East Midlands have recently run a webinar called “Business Planning in a Crisis” and the video can be found here.

And of course there’s lots of free training to access, including through Future Learn and the Open University.

As for us, we’re torn between signing up for ‘Learning the Art of Clowning’ or ‘Communicate with your Animal Telepathically’.

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

 

 

 

Applications open for Volunteers for Museum Learning Award

The-British-Museum-LogoFrom the British Museum:

We are very pleased to announce that applications have opened for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The current health crisis highlights how important volunteering can be, with over 750,000 people having signed up to support the NHS in a matter of days.

The Marsh Award for Volunteers for Museum Learning celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their achievements and dedication, as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public. The awards provide a great opportunity to recognise the contribution of those who voluntarily gave their time to support other people and organisations during 2019.

There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2000. Each year, the awards are presented at a ceremony at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were Temple Newsam House,Yorkshire.

Applications are open to individuals or groups. Volunteers are able to apply themselves or you can apply on their behalf. Multiple entries from the same museum, gallery or heritage site are welcome.

To apply, please visit the British Museum website at www.britishmuseum.org/support-us/volunteer/marsh-awards.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 July 2020.

Please use the volunteers email address volunteers@britishmuseum.org to  submit your application. We appreciate that with most people working from home, you may not be able to access photographs and so on, and in these circumstances we are happy to relax the requirements. 

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: