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Aim has a web page to provide advice on support packages that are available to museums.  Click here to access it.

Art Fund

Art Fund has announced additional funding supporting museums and galleries through reopening and beyond. This includes:

  • Respond and Reimagine Grants The grants might help organisations identify works at risk; ensure works or objects related to the pandemic are collected or commissioned; or support previously planned exhibitions to take place. They might support the improvement of digital skills and help raise income through digital, build staff confidence and adaptability, cover practical costs associated with re-opening, and preserve museum roles. The grants may also support museums unable to access sufficient public funding to prevent immediate insolvency.

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants are Back!

This is Arts Council England’s (ACE) fund open to all individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects. And it’s all made possible thanks to funding from National Lottery players.

The portal is open for applications now, with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.

ACE has made some improvements so the fund can be more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. These changes include:

  • For now, you no longer need 10% match funding. Finding match funding in these circumstances would be particularly challenging. So, if you don’t have the full 10% ACE usually expect, or any match funding at all, you’ll still be able to apply.
  • Museums can now apply to National Lottery Project Grants for Subject Specialist Network activity.
  • ACE will also accept applications from a wider range of applicants for any activity that benefits at least one Accredited museum, its collections and its visitors.

To find out more about project grants for museums take a look at the updated Museums information sheet.

Full information about the National Lottery Project Grants can be found here, including the Guidance to apply for projects under £15k, Guidance for projects over 15k and the new supplementary guidance.

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy/ Cause4

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy are offering a FREE hour of consultancy support every day on a first come first served basis to arts organisations that may need help in the coming weeks.  This power hour can be focused on a range of areas including income generation, fundraising strategy, or donor cultivation. Book here

Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy have collated a list of responses to COVID-19 from major grant funders in the UK, including changes to strategic priorities, processes or funds available. These lists are being updated regularly. Read the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy list here, or the Cause4 list here.

Ticket Refund to Donation Guidance: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has worked with Arts Council England to release guidance for arts organisations that are encouraging ticket holders to change their booking to a donation. This covers your legal duties, GDPR, and messaging advice. Read the guidance here.

WMMD Recovery Grant Scheme

The Recovery Grant is part of the West Midlands Museum Development Programme (WMMD), funded by Arts Council England (ACE) with additional funding from Art Fund.

For some museums recovery is about reopening but for others it is about seeking new ways of engagement or looking at an alternative business model whilst remaining closed until next season.

The Recovery Grants aim to provide support for both.  Whether it is reopening or remaining closed applicants are required to ensure approaches address equality and accessibility.  Museums can apply for £500 to £10,000.  The £60,000 fund will be split equally over two grant panels.

Please read the Guidance, which includes eligibility criteria, and contact your Museum Development Officer (MDO) before completing the Application Form.

The deadline for the second panel is 5pm, Friday 9 October 2020.

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