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Future High Streets Fund: Call for proposals

From the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government:

The Future High Streets Fund will support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future.

The Future High Streets Fund is an essential part of Our Plan for the High Street, providing co-funding towards capital projects that bring transformative change. We want to see the regeneration of our town centres through innovative proposals around transport, housing delivery and our public services.

The Fund will operate as a two-stage application process.

Applications for Phase 1 calls for local authorities to submit Expressions of Interest to highstreetsfund@communities.gov.uk by 22 March 2019 setting out their challenges and strategic approach to regenerating town centres.

We will assess these and make an announcement on places moving forward to Phase 2 in summer 2019.

Engagement events for the Future High Streets Fund – Expression of Interest stage

We are hosting the following series of engagement events organised by the Cities and Local Growth Unit to discuss the Future High Streets Fund and field questions about the application process.

Please contact HighStreetsFund@communities.gov.uk if you have any questions about these events.


Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Announce 10 New Professional Fundraising Fellows for 2019

Six years since the launch of its Professional Fellowship Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy today announce a new cohort of 10 fellows for 2019, made possible thanks to ongoing funding from Arts Council England. Since its launch, the programme has successfully supported 65 arts professionals to become confident, skilled and entrepreneurial fundraisers.

The programme was originally set up as a response to the sector-wide skill gaps in fundraising and development, evidenced by the demand for basic fundraising courses and has since grown from a graduate programme to one for mid-career professionals. With a thriving alumni network, the course has helped raise over £2 million worth of new income for organisations as well as tangibly influencing the ways that organisations fundraise.

The initiative forms part of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s wider mission to embed fundraising skills within all levels and job roles in arts organisations with the aim of building sector-wide resilience and sustainability. This is reflected in the range of roles and responsibilities held by this year’s intake who hold a variety of posts in senior management, programming, events and development nationwide.

As part of the fellowship, participants will benefit from a flexible 12-month training programme that fits round their current employment. Receiving expert one-to-one mentorship, and access to a range of resources and networks to support their learning, each will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy accredited by the University of Leeds upon successful completion of the programme.

Their employers will have the benefit of having a member of staff that will feedback the latest fundraising learning, plus each organisation will also receive access to online training resources for all their staff, and a training bursary for their organisation towards their team attending any Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy one-day training courses.

Michelle Wright, Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy said

As fundraising for organisations becomes more challenging and competitive, we need to equip future leaders of arts organisations with new skills, perspective and tools to create better, more dynamic and creative fundraising strategies. The fellowship programme provides an interesting combination of practical, academic and leadership support which enables fellows to develop their knowledge and resilience to create a wide variety of effective strategies in income generation. Thank you to Arts Council England for their continued investment and recognition of the value that this programme generates for individuals, organisations and the sector as a whole.

Dr. Ben Walmsley, Associate Professor in Audience Engagement, University of Leeds said

Welcoming these talented Fellows to our annual Fundraising and Leadership School is one of the highlights of our academic year. The PG Cert provides the Fellows with an ideal opportunity to step back from their stressful day jobs and reflect on their professional practice in a safe, academic environment. Feedback tells us that we have got the balance right between theory and practice and several alumni have now progressed onto our Masters programmes, which is a joy to see! I wish this new cohort every success in this exciting new venture for them.
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Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship

From Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation:

The Fellowship will support eight UK-based curators to participate fully in AAMC’s 2019 Conference in New York City in May 2019, including significant additional funding to support follow-up activities.

This new programme aims to enable UK curators to engage meaningfully and with authority on the international stage, developing their own experience and learning while also raising the profile of their institutions and collections abroad.  Through the travel fellowships we hope that new relationships will be brokered between institutions in the UK and internationally, stimulating collaboration on all areas of activity from loans to public programmes.

The programme is open all art curators at museums, galleries or charitable organisations.  Applicants must live and work in the United Kingdom. Priority will be given to applicants without existing strong ties to US partners and to the overall international curatorial network. Applications from curators without access travel funding and/or professional development support are particularly encouraged to apply.

As well as attendance at the conference, applicants will be invited to take part in introductory weekend tours; benefit from a pairing with a peer US-based curator to offer collegial partnership throughout the conference; receive an invitation to the AAMC Foundation’s Program Alumni Reception, a networking event allowing attendees to connect with others engaged in professional development and with AAMC; and enjoy a 2-year AAMC membership allowing access to AAMC’s suite of curatorial development opportunities.

Following the conference, recipients of the travel fellowships will be eligible to draw down additional research and development grants to activate ideas and develop relationships with their international counterparts.

Full details on the aims and scope of the programme can be found here.  Applications are open now with a deadline of Tuesday 12 February.

Bursaries For The Association for Cultural Enterprises Conference 2019

The Association for Cultural Enterprises is offering five free bursary places for smaller museums for their ACE2019 Conference & Trade Show in Brighton on 28th February & 1st March.

The bursaries cover two full days’ attendance, including all conference sessions, refreshments and Gala Dinner, accommodation and travel. They are available to organisations that are Full Members of the Association and received fewer than 50,000 visitors in the last full year.

Funding News

Nesta Cultural Impact Development Fund

Nesta have launched their Arts and Cultural Finance packages. This is a £3.7 million fund to provide repayable loans over 3-5 years for socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The Cultural Impact Development Fund seeks to pioneer the use of financial incentives to drive achievement around social impact, so seeks social outcomes in exchange for financial investment. Please note: these are loans and not a grant, so include repayment plans and interest.

You can find out more here.

Arts Council England (ACE) / V&A Purchase Fund

The ACE / V&A Purchase Fund has confirmed renewed funding until 2022. The Fund uses National Lottery funds to contribute towards the acquisition of objects relating to the arts, literature and history, by museums, galleries, record repositories and specialist libraries in England and Wales which are not funded by central government.

You can find out more on their website.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust Grants

The NMCT offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Our grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers.

The next deadline for the submission of applications is Monday 1st April 2019 and the results will be announced in early July. If you want to plan ahead, the deadline after that is 1st October 2019.

NMCT welcome grant applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust.

For information on how to apply click here.

Energy Redress Scheme – Energy Savings Trust

Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July. Eligible charities that have registered interest in the scheme will be notified when funds become available.

The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.

The scheme can fund projects lasting up to two years, can fund 100 per cent of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures. Click here for more information.

Closing date is ongoing.

Restoration Grants – Association of Industrial Archaeology

Thanks to a series of generous donations the AIA can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

The first awards were made in 2009, since when the Association has been able to allocate around half a million pounds. Details of some of the projects funded can be found on the website.

Grants are awarded for the restoration of historically, technically, architecturally, and/or archaeologically important industrial buildings, structures, machinery, vehicles and vessels within the UK. Applications will usually relate to a single, tangible structure or artefact. Click here for more information.

Closing Date:  Sunday 31st March 2019

Archives Revealed – Cataloguing grant scheme open to applications

Archives Revealed, the funding stream operated by The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust, with additional support from The Wolfson Foundation, is now open to applications. Archive services can submit applications for the cataloguing of archive collections up to £40,000. The deadline for phase 1 of this programme is Friday 7th December 2018.

Any prospective applicants to consult the extensive guidance available on the website and to discuss any applications in advance with the grants coordinators, Lucy and Beth. They can be reached via archivesrevealed@nationalarchives.gov.uk and would be happy to hear from you with any queries you may have.

Big Lottery: Digital Fund

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.

You can submit outline proposals until 5pm 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.

Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established organisations use digital to take a major leap forward. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Professional Fundraising Fellows 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of Professional Fundraising Fellows 2019

Starting in January 2019, the Professional Fundraising Fellowship Programme is designed to support arts and cultural professionals at a mid-stage in their careers to become confident, skilled, entrepreneurial fundraisers. Find out more here

Applications need to be received by 12.00pm (noon), on Monday 5th November 2018

“[The programme] has really highlighted the impact that the Fellowship has had both on my work but also on my outlook. It has been such an amazing programme, I really feel I am returning as a different practitioner.” Amy Simcox, Development Manager, Derby Museums, Professional Fellow 2017-18

AIM Hallmarks Funding

From the Association of Independent Museums:

About the AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards.

Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years and are available in two strands:

Main grants of £4000 to £12000:  will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

The closing date for the first round of both strands will be 20 November 2018.

There will be one further round in each of the years 2019 – 2021.

How to apply

If you are thinking of applying, we recommend that you read the case studies from previous AIM grant recipients to understand the type of project that we typically fund.

ACE Funding: Developing your Creative Practice

Round 2 open for applications.

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. 

For more information, and details on how to apply, visit their website here.