Tagged: Funding opportunities

Conference Funding: Association of Volunteer Managers Conference

The North West Volunteer Managers Network are pleased to announce that with funding from MDNW we are delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at The Whitworth, Manchester.

For the full programme please click here.  

If you would like to attend this fantastic event  please can you send an expression of interest with a brief description of  how you would benefit from attending the conference  by Friday 16th February to Darren Collingwood Co Chair. To : Darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com


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.

Funding News

The Idlewild Trust

Grants from The Idlewild Trust support the conservation of important works of art and historic objects being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. Idlewild Trust believes that grants of up to £5,000 can have a positive impact in these areas. The next closing date is 8 February 2018 (midnight) for a decision in May 2018.

Scott Bader Trust

Scott Bader, the global chemical company, provides funds for charitable projects in the UK and internationally, with two programmes relevant to museums. Large Project Funding offers grants of up to £25,000 for community based environmental or education projects that benefit young or disadvantaged people, anywhere in the world. Its Small International Fund offers grants of between £500 and £2,000 for international projects located anywhere in the world. Applicants must be UK registered charities. Find out more here.

New £5m Garfield Weston Capital Fund For Smaller Charities

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

BeATrustee – New courses to develop fundraising talent onto Boards

As arts and cultural organisations face an ever more competitive environment for fundraising, we urgently need you to help develop the fundraising and philanthropy knowledge and capability of our Boards. If you’re an arts fundraiser or a cultural practitioner that raises funds as part of your role, sign up with us to #BeATrustee and help us build the confidence of Boards to raise new funds. 

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s new one-day intensive training covers the key responsibilities of Trustees giving you the knowledge and confidence needed to join a Board. As part of the course, we offer a unique Trustee matching service introducing participants to arts organisations looking for new Trustees, as well as a chance to join our alumni network for ongoing opportunities. Participants can receive accreditation from the Institute of Leadership Management and access further free e-learning content to keep skills and knowledge fresh.

This course, with its specific focus to encourage more fundraising talent onto Boards, has been adapted from the current award-winning national Trustee Leadership Programme, devised by Cause4 and run in partnership with Close Brothers Asset Management and the Clothworkers’ Foundation which trains over 500 people a year to become Trustees.  It will be led by Michelle Wright, Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and CEO of Cause4. 

The course will take place at:

28 February 2018 – Manchester
29 March 2018 – 

This training is supported by Arts Council England via Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. The subsidised cost is £75+VAT plus booking/processing fees. To book your place, please go to: http://bit.ly/BeATrustee 

Business Skills Support Programme CPD Grants

Bespoke CPD opportunities

As part of our business skills support programme we are offering Continuing Professional Development bursaries for staff and volunteers to tailor their own CPD in business skills. The bursaries are available for people working in museums to participate in any type of existing CPD opportunity to develop their core business skills and which will support their museum to run as a more effective and resilient organisation. Applications could range from a basic Microsoft Excel course to improve budgeting and record keeping skills to a full ILM qualification. To apply for a bursary contact Alex Bird, alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk, with the following information:

  • What the CPD opportunity is, including details of the course/opportunity you have identified
  • Evidence of need and details on how it will improve your work
  • Proof of line management approval
  • Cost of training and amount requested from MDNW
  • Timetable

This programme runs through 2017-18 and has a rolling deadline so once you have identified an appropriate opportunity please let us know. Once all the funding has been allocated the offer will close.

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants

The Gregg’s Foundation’s Environmental Grants programme is now inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 for projects in England, Wales or Scotland. Projects must address one or more of the following:  Improving the local environment, insuring involvement of local communities, delivering a sustainable and measurable difference or supporting people in need. The funding can be used to cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. Applications close 9 March. Click here for all information and eligibility.

DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

New £4 Million funding round announced to improve exhibition spaces & accessibility in museums & galleries (England) Museums and galleries across England will be able to apply for a share of £4 million from Spring 2018 to improve exhibition spaces and increase accessibility. Funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation grants of up to £300,000 per project will be available. Projects funded include:

  • The Weald and Downland Museum in Chichester which received a grant of £224,500 towards a project to reconstruct two significant but currently dismantled historic buildings dedicated to the production of food.
  • The Bolton Library and Museum Service which received a grant of £200,000 towards its First Impressions project which will transform the visitor experience in the 1939 Grade II Listed building by creating a new welcoming and engaging space in which their collections can be viewed.

Find out more here.

AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme

Closing date: Monday 15th January

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is intended to help medium and smaller sized AIM members to improve their medium and long term sustainability. To be eligible, museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or fewer than 50,000 visitors a year.

The scheme will come to an end in early 2018 – so this is the last chance that AIM members can apply. Funding is aimed at projects that explore increased and/or diversified income streams and/or develop organisational resilience. Examples of the type of project that AIM would be keen to fund can be found on the main grants page here.

Find out more and take a look at a case study from AIM members, The Grantown Museum, to see how an AIM Sustainability Grant supported them at: www.aim-museums.co.uk/aim-sustainability-grant-scheme-closing-soon.

Art Fund New Collecting Awards Now Open

This funding programme enables promising and ambitious curators to build critical professional skills by pursuing new avenues of collecting for their museums.

Applications for the fourth round of the scheme are now open.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 13 February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to present to the New Collecting Awards panel in late April 2018.


Through the New Collecting Awards programme we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. The awards promote the value of research-led collecting and foster curatorial expertise at both individual and institutional levels, enriching museum practice long-term.

Offering 100% funding for focused collecting projects of the highest quality, the scheme enables curators to expand museum collections of fine art, design or visual culture into exciting new areas, or to deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.

Each awardee also receives a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs to facilitate their proposed collecting plans and professional development. Additionally, they are offered the ongoing support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from curators who are either in the early stages of their career or have had limited opportunities to collect.

We expect applicants to be in full- or part-time employment at a fully or provisionally accredited museum or gallery. We will also consider applications from freelance curators or researchers, provided they can demonstrate that they will be officially affiliated with an accredited museum or gallery for the duration of the project and that their participation will have a longer-term institutional impact.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate why receiving a New Collecting Award would benefit not only their museum and its collections but also, crucially, their own professional development in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

How much can you apply for?

Typical grant awards fall between £50,000 and £80,000. Curators can apply for any amount but will be expected to demonstrate that the sum is reasonable and proportionate in relation to the types and number of works they propose to collect.

With generous support from the KMF Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust, one award will be ringfenced for a curator working with a collection in a museum or gallery in Scotland.

The allocation for professional development is ringfenced at 10% of the total sum awarded.

Please note that we retain the right to award a reduced grant for either planned acquisitions or professional development at our own discretion.

Find out how to apply and read about the previous winners.

The New Collecting Awards are made possible by a number of generous individuals and trusts including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Ruddock Foundation of the Arts, the Headley Trust and the Vivmar Foundation.

New Grants From Art Fund To Take Part In The BBC Civilisations Festival

In March 2018, the BBC will be running the Civilisations Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and libraries across the UK to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisation series in Spring 2018. Art Fund is offering grants to museums, galleries, libraries and archives who will be participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. Grants are available to support public engagement activities which will showcase the fantastic holdings within UK public collections while exploring the theme of ‘civilisation’. The application deadline is Thursday 14 December 2017.