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AIM Funding News

Now Open: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is now open for applications. The scheme 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.

This scheme, which began in 2006, has so far supported 216 projects with over £831,700 of grants. The wide range of applicants demonstrates the importance of sustainability issues to AIM members. There will be only two more rounds before this scheme ends, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your sustainability with a grant from us.

The round for 2017 is now open with a closing date of 3 July at 5pm. Find out more: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

New AIM Biffa Award Funded Exhibitions Will Tell The Stories Of Historic Figures From Engineering And Science

AIM Biffa Award have just announced the first round of projects to be supported by the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Sharing a fund of £170,000, each project will tell the story of their chosen historical figure and how their work and achievements have shaped the world we live in today.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme is funding AIM member museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary historical figures. The successful projects in Round 1, with exhibitions opening in 2018, will focus on the work of historic figures from engineering and science. They are:

‘Digging Deeper’ at the London Transport Museum; ‘The Father of Modern Forensics’ at The National Justice Museum in Nottingham and ‘Hawkshaw and Barlow Untold’ at The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre in Bristol. Find out more: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Fund to Acquire Archaeological Finds

Applications up to £1,000 accepted

The Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe has generously awarded the British Museum a grant to support museums in acquiring local, non-Treasure finds recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

Although it is common for museums to acquire local Treasure finds, limited funding for non-Treasure items means important objects are often overlooked for acquisition. This fund is designed to expand local archaeological collections for public benefit, and encourage dialogue between local Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) and museum curators about recent PAS finds.

Applicants may apply for up to £1,000. A maximum total of £7,000 will be awarded in grants per year. Grants will be paid to the acquiring museum; the acquiring museum will then be responsible for compensating the finder and/or landowner.

Applicants may submit multiple applications at one time, but each find will require a separate application form. If you wish to acquire an assemblage or collection, please discuss your application in advance with Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, on 020 7323 8611 or by email at


To find out more  download the PDF guidance document and application form.


AMA Conference Bursaries

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Four AMA conference 2017 bursaries available for people working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) are offering four bursaries for people working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage to attend this year’s AMA conference — The Value of Everything in Belfast.

Each of these four bursaries will cover up to 50% of your delegate cost. Apply for a chance to enjoy a stimulating few days, hear from worldwide thought leaders and meet 600+ like-minded arts, culture and heritage professionals.

To apply, simply:

  • Download and complete the short application form
  • Send it back to laurie@a-m-a.co.uk by Tuesday 9 May

Find out more about the AMA conference bursaries

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New funding scheme for sharing works of art across the UK

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is the first ever grant programme specifically designed to directly fund and empower regional and smaller local authority museums to borrow major works or collections of art from the UK’s national museums and galleries. The scheme will help widen access to works from the national collections for audiences across the country, strengthen the skills of up to 100 regional museum professionals, and distribute resources across the UK.

The scheme will open on 6 July 2017 for individual applications of between £5,000 – £25,000 and the successful museums for year one of the three-year funding programme will be announced in December. Loans of works of art will go on display from 2018 onwards.

They encourage interested UK museums to participate in one of the Preparing to Borrow workshops taking place around the country from April to September, run by Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG).

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: ‘We know that our national museums want to widen public access to the collections they hold and that organisations around the UK want more opportunities to borrow and display these collections. Our new scheme will not only provide the funds to make this possible but also broker new relationships between museums, help give curators the skills they need and empower museums to determine their own priorities in direct response to local audiences. We encourage all interested museums to apply.’

Grants to museums will cover costs including transportation of works of art and objects, insurance, conservation, installation, advocacy, marketing and audience development. The £750,000 initiative will award a minimum of £600,000 in grants, provide up to £100,000 for training and networking opportunities for museum professionals, and cover up to £50,000 in detailed evaluation and reporting of key learnings for the scheme and sector.

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is intended to complement Arts Council England’s ‘Ready to Borrow’ scheme and TEG’s ‘Preparing to Borrow’ programme as part of a joined-up funding approach to all stages of securing loans of works. The charities are working closely with TEG and other partners to highlight the range of opportunities available.

Fundraising Strategies Workshop Five: Developing Sponsorship and Membership Schemes

People’s History Museum, Manchester
Wednesday 10th May
11:00 – 15:00

In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this programme has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.

This series of workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further.  Each workshop will cover a different aspect to help organisations develop sustainable income streams and find alternative sources of funding and by thinking differently and creatively about how they approach funding.

This workshop will delve into the development of membership schemes and will help give organisations to see how they can develop and benefit from such schemes as well as help them form good relationships with donors, encourage patronage and secure corporate sponsorship for their organisations. Speakers include:

  • Helen Antrobus, People’s History Museum – The People’s History Museum celebrates the stories of the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society.  For this workshop we have asked Janneke to talk about the background of the museum’s Join the New Radicals Campaign and how they develop it into a membership scheme and what this has done to improve their sustainability as an organisation
  • Janice Hayes, Culture Warrington – After receiving a Catalyst grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Culture Warrington undertook extensive research before developing their a membership scheme that would help to make the organisation more sustainable, business-like and resilient following transfer from local authority management in 2012 while increasing their support base through sponsorship, philanthropy and developing a membership scheme
  • Hilary Machell, Harris Museum & Art Gallery – Hilary has worked closely with the museum’s Friends’ group for 19 years.  Hilary will talk about how to turn around a Friends’ organisation which isn’t working for the host museum and turn it into an effective body which supports fundraising and the wider ambitions of the museum
  • Victoria Symes, impact fundraising – A major review of UK museum regular giving schemes revealed a number of invaluable and often surprising insights. In this whistle-stop tour of these findings, Victoria will reveal the 7 Common Mistakes made in the management of Friends and Memberships schemes, and share some tips and solutions for turning these challenges around.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Catalyst Small Grants Programme

We’ve just published new guidance for our Catalyst small grants programme. The funding page is here where the applicant guidance can be downloaded. 

The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. Organisations will be able to apply for a one off small grant from between £10,000 and £30,000. 

Museums and libraries can now apply for funding. This reflects the changes we have made to our wider investment approach: for the first time, arts organisations, museums, and libraries are able to apply for National Portfolio investment, Grants for Arts and Culture and our strategic funds. Integrating funding will stimulate greater collaboration between arts organisations, museums and libraries, and build on the existing links between them. This is a positive development for practitioners, audiences and communities, and we are already seeing the benefits of this at a local level, where museums, libraries and arts organisations collaborate on creative and cultural projects. We believe that this approach will help us achieve our strategic goals by identifying and funding work of the highest quality, representing the best public value, whether created in a museum, an arts organisation or a library.

Arts Council England : Artists International Development Fund

The next application deadline for the Arts Council England’s Artists International Development Fund is on the 14th June 2017.

Funding is available for artists (this includes, for example; producers, curators, publishers, editors, translators and choreographers) to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden their horizons and open their work to other perspectives.

The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Applicants must have received recognition for their work in England and not have extensive international experience.

Read more on the ACE website.

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

AIM Conference 2017 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on 22nd– 24th June.

2017 is AIM’s 40th year, so this year’s National Conference will provide a great opportunity to focus on how independents prosper under effective leadership, through inspirational stories from some of our members.

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

How to apply

These two opportunities are open to museum professionals in the North West, except members of staff of Major Partner Museums and National Museums and the bursaries will cover travel and accommodation. Please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from what is to Alex Bird by 5PM Monday 8th May.

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

For more information contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – 07748 932680

Funding News

WW1 Army Heritage Award Launching To Help Digitise Collections And Open Up Access

A new funding award launching in April 2017 will provide grants of up to £10,000 for UK-based military heritage institutions to digitise their World War One collections and make them accessible online.  The fund will be open to applications from regimental and corps museums, archives, and other organisations preserving army heritage collections focussed around WW1.

The aim of the fund is to contribute to marking the centenary of the First World War and to support army heritage institutions at a time when funding for digitisation is scarce. Two primary funding grants will be offered. The Digitisation Award, offering £2500 to support the digitisation of WW1 materials; and the Access Award, which will provide up to £10,000 to support the creation of a digital archive website and discovery portal to open up access to digitised military heritage.

In addition, each institution that applies to receive the Army Heritage Award will be eligible to claim £500 of match funding towards digitising its WW1 collections. The fund launches 3rd April and will be open for applications until 28th April 2017.  More information about the funding on offer can be found at: https://www.townswebarchiving.com/ww1-heritage-digitisation-funding-interest/

The Textile Society Museum, Archive And Conservation Award 2017

The Textile Society offers an annual bursary award of up to £5,000 for a textile related project within the museum, archive or conservation sector in the UK. The Award is designed to support textile related projects within a museum, archive, or conservation studio for exhibition, publication or conservation that will help achieve greater awareness and access for the public. Deadline for applications 1 June 2017. To apply or for more information visit: The Textile Society Museum, Archive and Conservation Award 2017

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund

The Local Community Projects Fund helps not-for-profit organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of local communities in England, Scotland and Wales. Preference is likely to be given to local organisations based near a Greggs shop. Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects or for providing equipment for ‘a community of interest’. This refers to people who are: Disabled or suffering chronic illness, living in poverty, Voluntary carers, homeless, isolated older people or living with other demonstrable significant needs. The deadline for round two applications is 24 June 2017.