Tagged: Funding opportunities

MDNW: NEW Demystifying Funding Programme

Funding continues to be a hot topic for museums across the UK – how to secure it, ethical fundraising and what is the best use of scarce resources.  Here in the North West we want to tackle these issues head on.

Museum Development North West and the North West Development Network (a volunteer run network of fundraising professionals in the North West) are joining forces  this autumn to offer practical advice and support on fundraising. Together with funding organisations, we are delivering a three-part programme which will consist of two workshops and project support:

Session 1 – Wednesday 25th September at Chetham’s Library, Manchester: Variety of funders (ACE, NLHF, AIM, MA, Art Fund) to deliver sessions on their grant programmes accessible to museums and will include processes, case studies and application guidance. To book a place at session 1, visit our Eventbrite page.

Session 2 – Friday 22nd November at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston: Surgery day with the funders to discuss ideas and applications. The surgery sessions will be bookable via Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In between the sessions, we will be offering FREE application and project development support from expert members of the North West Development Network. This support is only available to those working in non-NPO, non-National, Accredited Museums. If you have a project in mind and would like to access the FREE support from a member of the North West Development Network, get in touch with Alex Bird.

AHF Grants Programme – Transforming Places Through Heritage

Closing Dates:
Amounts over £15,000: 21 October 2019 for a mid-Dec 2019 decision.
Amounts under £15,000: 30 August 2019 for a mid-Oct 2019 decision.
AHF to help social enterprises and charities transform high streets and town centres through new funding

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund that will breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England. The initiative is part of the government’s plan for High streets announced at last year’s Budget, including a £675 million Future High Streets Fund and a £1 million business rates discount for small high street retailers. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. Building on a number of  successful programmes, the funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. It is part of the Government’s ongoing work to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits. Having opened for applications in late June, £15 million of funding will be delivered through The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme.

Who is able to apply?
Any charity, community business or social enterprise with proposals which meet the programme objectives, such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies.

The programme’s funding is aimed at projects in England only.

For further information visit www.ahfund.org.uk/england or email ahf@ahfund.org.uk

MDNW: NEW Demystifying Funding Programme

Funding continues to be a hot topic for museums across the UK – how to secure it, ethical fundraising and what is the best use of scarce resources.  Here in the North West we want to tackle these issues head on.

Museum Development North West and the North West Development Network (a volunteer run network of fundraising professionals in the North West) are joining forces  this autumn to offer practical advice and support on fundraising. Together with funding organisations, we are delivering a three-part programme which will consist of two workshops and project support:

Session 1 – Wednesday 25th September at Chetham’s Library, Manchester: Variety of funders (ACE, NLHF, AIM, MA, Art Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation) to deliver sessions on their grant programmes accessible to museums and will include processes, case studies and application guidance. To book a place at session 1, visit our Eventbrite page.

Session 2 – Friday 22nd November at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston: Surgery day with the funders to discuss ideas and applications. The surgery sessions will be bookable via Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In between the sessions, we will be offering FREE application and project development support from expert members of the North West Development Network. This support is only available to those working in non-NPO, non-National, Accredited Museums. If you have a project in mind and would like to access the FREE support from a member of the North West Development Network, get in touch with Alex Bird.

International Exchange Programme 2020

From the Association of Cultural Enterprises:

Applications are now open for our fully subsidised international exchange programme, a partnership between the Association for Cultural Enterprises and Museum Store Association (MSA).

This is your chance to attend and deliver a session at MSA Forward in Cleveland, Ohio on 23-27 April 2020, with return flights and three hotel nights included.

The successful candidate will be required to present a 60 minute session at MSA Forward 2020, as well as write two blog posts.

The exchange programme offers a unique opportunity to make new international contacts, enhance your professional development, and promote your organisation overseas. Our 2019 recipient, Louise Kirby, Director of Operations & People at The Deep, found it a hugely rewarding experience – read about Louise’s experience here.

Your proposed session must meet the following criteria:

  • Presents a topic or case study that demonstrates thought leadership in museum retail
  • Presents an innovative project or a solution to a common museum retail issue
  • Presents a topic commercially relevant with educational value, including real-life experience

All applications must be received by Friday 30 August 2019. Please note you must be a Full Member of the Association for Cultural Enterprises to apply.

For details on how to apply, click here.

New funding schemes from Art Fund open today

Conservation grants

Art Fund is always looking for new ways to support museums, and last year we began making grants to cover conservation – including work that allowed Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria to recently tour the UK in her full glory before settling in at the National Gallery. Now we are pleased to open a dedicated scheme of conservation grants to help safeguard the future of more artworks in collections across the country.

Find out more and apply now


Small project grants

We want to help museums, galleries and other visual arts organisations realise adventurous projects across a range of activities to benefit their audiences. Today we launch our small project grants, which provide funds for museums to trial new ideas and take more creative risks, with grants of up to £10,000 available to back projects of all kinds.

Find out more and apply now


Headley Fellowships with Art Fund

Now in their second year, the Headley Fellowships with Art Fund free up time for curators to carry out research into their collections by providing funding for their posts to be backfilled. The scheme is part of our ongoing initiative to encourage the development of UK collections expertise and the sharing of specialist knowledge both with the public and across the sector.

Find out more and apply now

The National Lottery Heritage Fund – ‘What is Heritage’ Small Grant Event

From the National Lottery Heritage Fund:

Thursday 18th July 2019
George Street Chapel, Oldham, OL1 1LS

These workshops are for groups who haven’t applied for funding before and are interested in finding out more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund Small Grants programme, and the wide range of work and activities we can support.

At this session, we will talk about the wide range of work and activities we can support, basic project planning, and provide information on The National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme £3,000 – £10,000. We will look at priorities, programme outcomes and changes to the application form.

To book a place visit the event webpage.

Museums Association Conference 2019 Bursaries

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering two bursaries to attend this year’s Museums Association Conference in Brighton on the 3rd – 5th October.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird (alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk) by 5pm on Friday 12th July, to be eligible, you will need to:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

Please note that the bursary is only for the conference place and not travel and accommodation and is only available to people in the North West that work in non-NPO and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation. 

AIM Conference 2019 Bursaries – DEADLINE TODAY

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are three bursaries available for this year’s AIM Conference at the National Civil War Centre, Newark on the 20th – 22nd June 2019.

The theme for this year is “how to be a great destination”, and will offer delegates fresh ideas on developing a successful destination. It will look at creative place making, becoming a great destination for your community, understanding your audiences, tips for creating an excellent visitor experience and case studies on how to attract groups to your museum and making your shop or café into a desirable destination amongst many more.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website
  • Cover the cost of travel and accommodation

How to apply

This opportunity is only open to people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West. Those working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

To apply, please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note that the bursaries cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

Arts Council England Designation Development Fund

From ACE:

The Designation Scheme recognises, celebrates and champions significant collections of national and international importance. The fund recognises the importance of excellent collections and provides funding for projects that ensure their long-term sustainability, maximise their public value and encourage the sharing of best practice across the sector.

Here is an overview of the funds available:

Funding activity – Research and development
Total fund – £2.1 million for 2019-22
Grant range – £20,000 – £90,000
Eligibility – The project must focus on a collection which has been formally awarded Designated status.
This round is open to Designated library collections for the first time.
Full eligibility guidelines are shown in the guidance documents.

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

The deadline to submit applications is 12 noon on Thursday 20th June 2019.

Arts Marketing Association Conference Bursary

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there is a bursary available for this year’s Arts Marketing Association (AMA) Conference at the Sage Gateshead on 9th – 11th July 2019.

The theme for this year is Rewire: Culture, Audiences and You, and the conference will bring together experienced and passionate speakers and trainers, inspiring thinkers and a wide range of arts and cultural professionals hungry for knowledge, ideas and latest thinking on bringing art and audiences together.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website
  • Cover the cost of travel and accommodation

How to apply

This opportunity is only open to people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West. Those working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note that the bursary only covers the conference fee and not travel and accommodation.