Tagged: Funding

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk


Business Archives Council – Cataloguing Grant Fund Now Open

The Business Archives Council’s annual cataloguing grant for business collections opens for applications today. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • Provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives
  • Reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
  • Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections
  • Increase access to business collections

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 June.

Find out more about the grant criteria and how to apply on the BAC website.

Any questions about the grant should be addressed to Jenny Willis, Administrator, Business Archives Council Cataloguing Grant 2018 at
: Jenny.Willis@postalmuseum.org
tel: 0300 0300 700 (ext. 953)

Funding News

National Lottery Awards

Closing Date: Friday 6th April for nominations

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 525,000 grants awarded since 1994.

There are seven categories that you can enter, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

You can nominate your favourite project or put your own forward. All entries must have received National Lottery funding, at any time since the Lottery started in 1994.

Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves. Enter your chosen project into this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Winners receive a £5,000 prize for their project and star in a television show on BBC. Click here for more information.

Architectural Heritage Fund

Closing Date: Deadlines throughout the year

The AHF is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK. Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – we can help with our advice, development grants or loans.

The Fund has recently increased the maximum for 2 of its grant programmes:

  • Project Viability Grants can now be up to £7,500 (increasing from £5,000)
  • Project Development Grants can now be up to £30,000 (increasing from £25,000)

To apply you must be a formally constituted charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.

For more information, please click here.

Garfield Weston Capital fund

Closing Date: Saturday 30th June

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. To apply, please visit their website.

Funding News

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Foundation aims to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects that make a real and on-going differences to people’s lives. Next closing date is Sunday 13th May.

Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Its Open Grants Scheme provides funding to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that work with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Applications are ongoing.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Launch Free Online Fundraising Training

Thanks to investment from Arts Council England, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has launched free access to the largest collection of online fundraising training anywhere in the world. Registration is now open for a range of free e-learning courses for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the cultural and heritage sectors so you can learn at your own pace and courses include a 1.5 hour course for Trustees: Trustee Leadership in Fundraising and Income Generation which starts 12 March.

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.