Rethinking Cataloguing Consultation – second round now open

Collections Trust wants your feedback on their revised Spectrum Cataloguing and Use of Collections procedures.

How can museums ensure that cataloguing is an inclusive and flexible activity?

After reflecting on feedback from the first round of consultation, Collections Trust has recently launched revised versions of their Spectrum Cataloguing and Use of collections procedures.

Help shape the future of cataloguing and share your feedback on the latest draft material. You can read the full details about the revisions to both procedures and leave your feedback on the Collections Trust website.

Deadline for feedback is 5pm, 5 July.

Why not join in the conversation by sharing the campaign on social media, using the hashtag #RethinkingCataloguing.

CHWA Awards 2022 Open

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) Awards are open and there are three categories:

Visit the CHWA Awards webpage to find out more about each category and how to apply.

Application deadline: 5pm, Sunday 31 July

Shortlisted projects will be published on the CHWA website in mid October. Winners will be announced at an open online event on Friday 25 November.

TWA Digitisation Grants 2022

TownsWeb Archiving (TWA) is thrilled to announce the return of the TWA Digitisation Grant 2022.

Four grants are available of £3,000 each with up to £1,000 match funding from a match funding pot.

Key dates for the diary

Applications are welcome from the following UK institutions:

What can the grant be used for?
The Grant can be used to fund the digitisation of bound books, manuscripts, oversized maps and plans, 35mm slides, microfilm/fiche, glass plate negatives, and other two-dimensional cultural heritage media.

What Next?
Find out more about the Funding Details and complete a short form to access the Grant Application.

Freelance : Futures

How can we work together to improve the support for, and position of, people working freelance in the creative and cultural sector?

ACE is inviting you to join independent practitioners, cultural organisations, unions, funders and policymakers from 16 May – 15 July to learn what you can do and take action.

Register for Freelance : Futures to access resources and participate in workshops, panel discussions, self-organising spaces and virtual gatherings that will aim to help everyone play their role in building equitable conditions for freelancers.

Attendance is free and the programme is split into three phases:

Find out more about the programme and register.

Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) Round 2 Guidance

Arts Council England has published guidance for Round 2 of the Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND).

The Guidance can be found here on the Arts Council England website.

This is an open-access capital fund targeted at non-national Accredited museums and local authorities based in England to apply for funding to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

The criteria for the Museum Estate and Development Fund have been set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England, Historic England (HE) and The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The grants are administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England. Funding has been provided by DCMS.

There is £16.9 million available for round 2 with eligible organisation able to apply for grants of £50k and £5 million.

Key dates

The online Expression of Interest form will open on Grantium at 9am, Monday 9 May. The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is noon, Friday 17 June.

The full online application form will open on Grantium at noon, Monday 18 July. The deadline for submitting a full application is noon, Friday 23 September.

Decisions will be announced in March 2023.

Nominations Open for Family Friendly Museum Award 2022

Kids in Museum’s Family Friendly Museum Award celebrates museums, galleries and heritage attractions that go the extra mile to provide an excellent family friendly experience.

Categories this year are:

Find out more about the Family Friendly Museum Award.

Nomination close 5pm, Monday 6 June.

DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24

For 20 years, DCMS and the Wolfson Foundation have worked together to jointly fund grants to support museums as they improve displays, enhance collections care and make exhibitions more accessible to visitors.

Applications for the new round will be open from 9 May to 1 August, with funding decisions expected in autumn 2022. Full application guidance and the bid pro forma will be available no later than 9 May 2022.

The Fund is open to bids from museums, museum services and galleries in England falling into one of three categories:

New Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief Support Service

The Arts Council’s new Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MGETR) Support Service is designed to enable more organisations to benefit from this relief. The support service pack will help address some of the common questions and misconceptions associated with the tax relief, as well as providing a straightforward, step-by-step guide to preparing and making a claim.

The Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief is an important source of additional funds that is applicable to a large number of arts and cultural organisations. Up to 40p in each £ could be claimed as cash-based support to invest in your organisation’s ambitions.

In addition to the new guide, companies based in England can also benefit from a new helpdesk service, which will provide them with direct access to expert guidance from RSM, who are delivering this service for the Arts Council.

To access the helpdesk service, you’ll need to register for the guide. You will then receive instructions on how to book a call. The MGETR Support Service will run for an intial six months, but may be extended following a review.

The MGETR Support Service is completely free and aimed at supporting charitable arts and culture organisations that are seeking to submit a Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief claim.

Find out more.

Rethinking Cataloguing – Consultation open to 28 March

Building on previous roundtable discussions, Collections Trust is considering some changes to their Spectrum Cataloguing procedure in order to challenge the ‘gatekeeper’ mindset that’s holding back a more open and inclusive approach.

This exciting new ‘rethinking cataloguing’ campaign is a chance for you to give your feedback on a new draft version of the Spectrum Cataloguing scope and policy questions.

You can read the full details about the revisions and leave your feedback on their website.

Deadline extended to Monday 28 March.

2023-26 Investment Programme: The timeline

Arts Council England (ACE) has confirmed the application timeline for organisations applying to the National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) programmes. The application portal will open at noon, Monday 28 February and will close at noon, Wednesday 18 May. See the full timetable.

ACE has also published an Addendum to the Guidance for Applicants for both the NPO and IPSO programmes. It is essential that all applicants read this Addendum before making an application.

The Addendum sets out how the NPO and IPSO programmes will help deliver the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.

It’s important to note that this Addendum does not contain any changes to the eligibility criteria for either NPO or IPSO applicants, as already set out in the originally published Guidance for Applicants. Read the Addendum.