Tagged: Funding

ACE Small Capital Grants Scheme

From Arts Council England:

The guidance for the 2019/20 round of Capital Small Grants is now available. In a change to the eligibility criteria from the last round, non-NPOs are eligible to apply. Grantium will be open for Expressions of Interest from 11 April – 3 May.

Also being published to coincide with the launch of the Small Capital guidance, are two new capital-related documents. Building Access: Good Practice Guide for Arts and Cultural Organisations is a new guide to support organisations in identifying and removing barriers within their physical environment.

Lastly, Capital Works! is being published – an evaluation of our capital programme. In 2017 we commissioned an independent evaluation of the programme to understand the outcomes and impact of our capital investment since 2012 and to shape our thinking for the future.

Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England are still accepting applications for their Lottery Project Grants Programme for arts, museums and libraries projects and you can apply for any amount from £1,000 to £100,000.

If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks.

For full details on eligibility, how to apply, the funding guidance visit the the ACE website.

ACE also suggest speaking to the Relationship Managers for Museums before you start your application – Penny Thompson – Penny.Thompson@artscouncil.org.uk / Eve MacPhee – Eve.Macphee@artscouncil.org.uk

Funding News

Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help museum professionals with collection and exhibition research projects and professional development. They have £75,000 to award annually, and this year have changed the grant thresholds: individuals can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 at any time. Requests for above £2,000 will be considered at committee meetings twice a year, and the deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 20 March.

More information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.


The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues, with a number of areas of special interest: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change and Improved quality of life for carers and for older people. Grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £20,000 per annum for up to three years. Applications can be submitted at any time and are a two stage process.

Find out full information here.


Austin And Hope Pilkington Trust
To apply for this grant round, you must meet the following criteria: project must relate to Children aged between 0 and 11 and your charity’s operating income and operating expenditure must be a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000.

For more information click here.

Funding News

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – Deadline Approaching

Deadline: Wednesday 6th March, 5pm

This fund is run by the Museums Association and funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact. To be considered, applications must:

  • work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use; and
  • through that collections work, involve, inspire and have value for people, communities and audiences.

Applications are assessed for:

  1. the potential of the collection to inspire and interest your audiences, and the coherence of your plans to enhance its understanding and use
  2. the approach to engage and involve local communities, communities of interest, or other audiences in the collection, and the sense of how this will enhance the lives of those taking part
  3. the beneficial impact on your organisation and individuals within it, and, where appropriate, how the project benefits partner museums, the wider museums sector, or partners from other sectors
  4. the project’s feasibility and value for money
  5. the longer-term legacy of the work and the strength of your plans to make it sustainable.

Find out more and apply here.


The Beecroft Bequest Funding Programme

Under the terms of the will of the late Walter G Beecroft, the residue of his estate was bequeathed to the Museums Association as a foundation for the Beecroft Bequest Fund.

The Fund awards grants of up to £10,000 to Museums Association institutional members for the acquisition of pre-19th century works of art and applications are considered on a case by case basis. The application process is very simple, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have prior to submission.

The process:

  • Applications can be considered at any time
  • In the case of auction sales at least five working days are required, although the trustees cannot guarantee to consider any application made at short notice
  • Applications for grants for items which have already been purchased will not be considered
  • Any grant awarded will be paid upon production of the receipt for the full value of the purchase.

For further information about the fund, including how to apply, see here.


The Dulverton Trust Funding Opportunity 

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity supporting UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) to tackle a range of social issues, protect the natural world and preserve heritage crafts.

Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000 and grants for revenue and capital are available.

Check eligibility and apply online here.


New Collecting Awards

Art Fund are now accepting applications for the fifth round of the New Collecting Awards, which offers 100% funding for curators to build or expand collections of fine art, design or visual culture. The programme aims to support curators in developing skills associated with researching and identifying acquisitions. Awardees receive a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs and are matched up with a mentor.

There is £300,000 available in round 5, and with support from the Ruddock Foundation of the Arts, one award will be ringfenced for a curator planning to collect pre-1600 works as part of their project.

Applications close on Wednesday 24th April, and more information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.


Curatorial Network Grants

Art Fund are delighted to be launching a new fund to help Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) and other curatorial networks develop and share knowledge, skills and resources. Art Fund have £150,000 available annually to support both established and emerging networks, with grants designed to be light-touch and responsive to need. There are two categories of grant: small grants (up to £5,000) can be applied for at any time, whilst large grants (over £5,000) will be considered at twice-yearly committee meetings.

The deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 24th April. More information on the programme and what we can support can be found on our website.


Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help museum professionals with collection and exhibition research projects and professional development. Art Fund have £75,000 to award annually, and this year we have changed the grant thresholds: individuals can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 at any time. Requests for above £2,000 will be considered at committee meetings twice a year, and the deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 20th March.

More information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.

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.