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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

Association for Industrial Archaeology Restoration Grants

Grants up to £20,000 are available for the restoration of important industrial buildings, structures, machinery, vehicles and vessels within the UK. Grants can be made to not for profit organisations such as trusts, charities and CICs and are for capital funding only.

Applications will usually relate to a single, tangible structure or artefact and the grant is to be used as partnership funding, the applicant being in the process of or having already raised matching funding from their own resources, fund raising, or other grant award.

More information about the grants can be found here.

Applications should be submitted on no more than 4 sides of A4 paper and cover all the areas outlined in the Guidelines.

The closing date for applications: 31 March 2019

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

John Ellerman Foundation: Museums and Galleries Fund

Funding aimed at small to medium-sized museums and galleries outside of London particularly in areas such as the West Midlands where fewer grants have been made.

Museums and galleries are a means by which people engage with arts and heritage. Many regional institutions hold important collections which have the power to inspire creativity, motivate artistic expression and stimulate local regeneration.  The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK.

The John Ellerman Foundation wants to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. They have earmarked around £0.5m to be awarded through the Fund in 2019. While the average grant size is ca. £86k higher amounts will be considered for exceptional projects.

The focus is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections. The
applicant should demonstrate:

  • excellence in their field at a national level
  • national significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection

In line with their general policy, organisations with an income between £100,000 and £10m are preferred. Local authority museums are also eligible.

Applying to the Fund
First stage applications must be received by 5pm, Monday 3 December 2018. They expect to make decisions in spring 2019, so you should plan for the work funded by a grant to start from or after June 2019.

For more information and to apply, click here.

People’s Postcode Lottery – Dream Fund

Dream Fund 2018 is now closed. 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 are now closed for 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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