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AIM Grants

AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme
The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are intended to help medium and smaller sized members improve their medium and long term sustainability.

Closing dates for the scheme are 1 June and 15 January in each year.

More information can be found here

AIM Conservation Grant Scheme
The AIM Conservation Grant Scheme, supported generously by The Pilgrim Trust, is intended to assist AIM’s smaller members with conservation of important objects in their collections.

Closing dates for the scheme are 31 March and 30 September.

More information can be found here

AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme
AIM has developed a second conservation funding strand to its Conservation Grant Scheme, again with the generous support of The Pilgrim Trust.  The AIM grant scheme aims to promote preventive conservation.

The deadlines for applications is 31 March and 30 September.

More information can be found here

AIM Training Grants
AIM Training Grants are available to support member museums in developing the skills and expertise of their workforce (paid or voluntary).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

More information can be found here

AIM Hallmarks Awards
The AIM Hallmarks Awards are supported using public funding by Arts Council England. They will support museums in England to develop their work using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums.

More information can be found here


Museum Association: Trusts and Funds

The Museums Association Trusts and Funds include:

  • The Trevor Walden Trust
  • The Daphne Bullard Trust
  • The Beecroft Bequest
  • The Kathy Callow Trust
  • The MA Benevolent Fund
  • The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

More information along with Practical guides to fundraising and funding news for the museum sector from around the UK can be found here

Directory of Social Change (DSC)

“provide training courses, publications, on line funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources on our website such as top tips and best-practice articles.”

To find out more visit their website here


People’s Postcode Lottery – Dream Fund

Dream Fund 2016 will offer a total award fund of £2 million for charitable organisations to deliver their ‘dream’ project in the areas of Scotland, England or Wales in 2016-2018. Charities will be able to apply for up to £1 million to deliver their dream project. There will be two further awards of £500,000 available for innovative and impactful projects.  People’s Postcode Lottery – Dream Fund


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Funding for smaller heritage projects, with a particular interest in industrial and maritime projects in areas of deprivation, which provide employment and or volunteering opportunities for the local community and contribute to the regeneration of the area. Further information can be found at: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation


VInspired Cashpoint Grants

This scheme is for volunteers aged 14 – 25 in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland that want to put ideas for their community into practice. The maximum grant is £500, and suitable for museums that works with younger people. Further information can be found at: vInspired Cashpoint Grants



Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme

Since the programme launched in 2012 they have helped 320 curators, scholars and researchers with 294 projects; they now have £75,000 to offer annually.

The scheme is open to curators and other professionals working with public collections.

Applications under £1,500 are accepted throughout the year, while applications above this level are considered at committee meetings three times a year.

Application deadlines for 2018 are:

19 February 2018
7 May 2018
17 September 2018

Full details on the programme can be found on their website.


Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales Enable Programme

Enable can fund a range of activity related to the development and improvement of the capability of your organisation, for example: business and service developments and plans, development of monitoring systems and consultancy support Enable Programme

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