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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grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents.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.

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.