Tagged: Funding

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.

Annual Museums Funding Fair: Less then two weeks to go!

Thursday 20th September 2018
People’s History Museum, Manchester
11:00 – 15:30
There’s just under two weeks to go until our 6th Annual Funding Fair for the museum sector. The biggest event in our calendar, the Funding Fair gives museum professionals the opportunity to meet major museum funders and representatives from National Museums tasked with developing partnerships with regional museums.
We are also expanding it this year to include organisations that focus on audience data capture and as always there will be the opportunity to see attend presentations delivered by some of the organisations present.

Organisations that have confirmed attendance are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • Audience Agency
  • BDRC
  • Carbon Literacy Trust
  • CRT Viewpoint
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Archives
  • National Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

To book tickets visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Museums Association Conference 2018 Funded Place

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering one bursary to attend this year’s Museums Association Conference in Belfast on the 8th – 10th November.

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 September 28th, 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

For the full programme please see here.

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. 

British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund

Closing Date: 24th August

The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund has launched a one-off closing round for grants up to £300k, as we approach the final year of the 2016-2020 programme

The British Council’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with DCMS, is set up to protect cultural heritage at risk in twelve conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Due to unprecedented demand, much of the £30m committed between 2016-2020 has already been allocated to projects which are working to keep cultural objects and sites safe, and this latest round of £300k grants will be the closing and final round of the Cultural Protection Fund’s 2016-20 programme.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 24 August 2018. Information on eligibility and submitting an application form is available on the Cultural Protection Fund website.

DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund Update

From DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund:

As you will be aware from the Guidance for Bidders, the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund welcomes queries from eligible organisations considering an application. With the deadline approaching at the end of August, the Fund wishes to encourage any interested institutions to discuss their projects if they so wish. We are therefore pleased to offer conference call slots with the DCMS-based fund managers, on Friday 3rd August and Monday 6th August.  

There are no wrong questions: you may take this opportunity to ask any question you wish, about the suitability of your proposed project, or eligible claims. We cannot, however, give any assurances about likelihood of success, or the judging Panel’s likely reactions to any project. 

Whilst any eligible applicants may apply for a slot, we would particularly encourage first-time applicants to sign up.

Please write to dcmswolfsonfund@culture.gov.uk, clearly including ‘doodlepoll’ in the title to receive a link to a meeting planner. You will then be offered a selection of 15 minute conference call slots, between the hours of 10:00 and 13:00 on Friday 3rd August, and 14:00 and 17:00 on Monday 6th August.

When choosing a slot, please be sure to write your institution, first name and phone number in the designated box so that you can be called promptly on the day. This information will be visible only to the organisers.

To see the FAQs click here.

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund

From the Art Fund:

The programme is open to mid-career and senior curators, and those with curatorial responsibility, and practically will give curators time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to embark on a bespoke period of research and development. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund aim to encourage the production of ambitious and high-quality museum projects which have collections at their core, while investing in museums across the UK and their curators, helping them to realise exceptional ideas for communicating with a spectrum of audiences.

Full details on the aims and scope of the scheme can be found here.  Applications are open now with a deadline of Monday 15th October.