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Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The deadline for the next round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is run by the Museums Association (MA) to fund projects that develop collections to achieve social impact, is 28 February.

Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.

The MA is looking for proposals that work with existing collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use and, through that work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

Successful applications will need to engage local communities or those who are not typical museum attendees, think about social impact, develop their organisation or the wider sector, and consider the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

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


LIBOR Fund Opens for UK

Projects supporting the Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities can now apply for the next round of LIBOR funding

In 2012 HM Treasury announced fines collected from banks for rigging the London interbank offered rate would be used to support good causes. Successive Budgets and Autumn Statements have made tranches of funding available to specific charities and projects.

The 2017 LIBOR grant scheme is now open to applications from registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces unit with a UIN.

There is neither a minimum nor a maximum amount of funding, and the Treasury has not given a total amount for this round. In the past, grants have ranged from £100,000 to £5 million.

Projects can take place for up to three years and must take place after April 2018 and by the end of March 2021.

Find out more here.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 August 2017 (noon).

New funding for sharing works of art across the UK

The Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund has announced a new £750,000 funding and training programme to support the wider sharing of national collections with museums across the whole of the UK.A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections.

Alongside Arts Council England’s funding scheme ‘Ready to Borrow’ and the Touring Exhibition Group initiative ‘Preparing to Borrow’, and other national programmes, the Weston Loan Programme will provide funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans and maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities.

We recognise the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit from this programme over the next three years, and beyond.

The programme will open for applications in July 2017, and further details will be made available online shortly. In the meantime, for further information and to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull via pbull@artfund.org or 020 7225 4840.


-To support the costs of new loans of works of art and artefacts to regional museums from the National collections.

– To encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and National museums and galleries.

-To help regional museums make the most of the opportunities associated with the loan and raise the profile of their own collections.

What are we looking for?

We’ll consider applications that:

  • Enhance or maximise the possibilities of already planned loans/exhibitions/programming;
  • Enable ‘quick fire’ and ‘quick win’ loan requests
  • Support long term relationship and display development

We’ll support regional museums and galleries with grants of up to 100% of the funding required to cover the costs associated with securing and displaying the loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. We’ll also support you with funds for maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, onsite interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Who can apply?

– UK museums/galleries with permanent collections which are provisionally or fully accredited 

– UK museums/galleries which are regional and/or run by local authorities, universities, or have independent Trust status

If your museum is not provisionally or fully accredited you will be asked explain why, and to demonstrate a longstanding commitment to care for the collections to the same nationally-recognised standard. The museum should also be open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year.

How much can you apply for?

We expect the majority of grants to be for between £10,000 and £20,000, although we will consider applications for smaller and larger amounts. We would be happy to accept applications for 100% funding, though applicants can apply to this programme as part of a larger funding package of support from a variety of sources.

Business Archives Council Bursary for Business History Research

As a result of the generosity of Sir Peter Thompson, former Chairman of the National Freight Corporation, and the Wellcome Foundation, the Business Archives Council (BAC) has instituted a trust fund, the income from which is used to offer annually a bursary to help an individual to further their research into business history through the study of specific business archives. 

In 2017 the value of the award will be up to £1,000.

For further details click here.

Funding News

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Large Grants

The Community Support scheme offers large and small grants to charities registered in England and Wales that are working in the areas of financial hardship, health and disability, education and employability, and social exclusion and disadvantage. Large Grants of more than £5,000 are awarded to charities with an annual turnover of more than £500,000 for a specific purpose only. Small grants of up to £5,000 are also available and can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity. Small Grants applications can be submitted at any time but should reach the Foundation by the third Friday of each month for consideration.

Charles Haywood Foundation: Main Grants Programme, Heritage & Conservation

The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust making awards to charities that are registered in the U.K. Under their main grants programme, funding for heritage and conservation is available for the following projects: Purchase of land or reclamation of recently purchased land to be used for nature reserves where these will be maintained in perpetuity; Conservation and preservation of pictures, manuscripts, books and objects for public display, use and interest; Development of libraries, museums and galleries; Adaptation of former Industrial Heritage sites to creative and educational spaces. The next closing date is 28 April. Please visit the Foundation’s website for eligibility and application information: Charles Haywood Foundation: Main Grants Programme, Heritage & Conservation

Creative Europe funding still open to UK participants

Creative Europe Desk UK is reminding UK Cultural organisations that they are still fully eligible to apply for Creative Europe funding opportunities whilst the UK is still a member of the European Union. Non-EU countries can sometimes participate, but it yet to be determined whether the UK can and will be one of them when it leaves the EU. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in the European Commission have reassured Creative Europe Desk UK that there is no bias towards UK applicants since the outcome of the EU referendum.

The UK Treasury has provided further reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of multi-annual projects selected for support while the UK is still a member of the EU even if the projects continue beyond the UK’s exit from the EU.

Stephanie Grant, Culture Manager for Creative Europe Desk UK in England, says ‘So far, many museums and heritage organisations have benefited from participating in transnational Creative Europe projects, and we expect their involvement to grow even further. We strongly encourage organisations from all parts of the sector who are interested in partnership working in Europe and beyond to come and talk to us about the funding and opportunities it provides. We offer free support and advice to those wishing to apply. We’re always looking for opportunities to present information about Creative Europe at sector-led events, as well as regularly delivering our own seminars and workshops across the country.’

If you’d like to know more about Creative Europe, you can visit the Creative Europe Desk UK website at www.creativeeuropeuk.eu, follow it on Twitter @CEDUK_Culture or contact creative.europe@britishcouncil.org

Cultural Learning Fund 2017

The Education Endowment Foundation are partnering with the Royal Society of Arts to evaluate cultural learning approaches. Cultural learning activities involve learning about culture and through culture. Usually involving collaboration between schools and arts and cultural organisations, they cover a wide range of artistic practice and offer opportunities to visit venues, see performances and exhibitions as well as learn through practical activity. Applications close 15 February Cultural Learning Fund 2017

HLF Resilient Heritage Fund

Deadline:  Apply anytime

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000-£250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

Click here for more information.

Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Programme

Second Round of programme launched
Deadline: 23rd January 2017

The Baring Foundation have announce the launch of a second round of funding in two open funds under the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme, launched in 2015. This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. It is a collaboration with The Legal Education Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

It focuses on activity in all countries of the United Kingdom. It does not support international work. The deadline for applications is 23 January. For more information, please visit their website.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – deadline approaching

£3.5 M Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund
Deadline: 15th March 2017

The next deadline for applications to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is 5pm on 15th March 2017.

The fund is run by the Museums Association which awards grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 to support projects which develop collections to achieve social impact. 

Further information can be found on the Museums Association website.