WMMD Small Grants

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CLOSED – Recovery Grant Scheme – CLOSED

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 planning to reopen 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 £60k fund will be split equally over two grant panels.

The deadline for the first panel is 5pm, Friday 28 August 2020.  The deadline for the second panel is 5pm, Friday 9 October 2020.

Your application will be presented to the first available grant panel after its receipt.

To apply

Please read the Guidance before completing the Application Form

Eligibility

  • The Recovery Grant will support Accredited museums or those formally Working Towards Accreditation in the West Midlands that were ineligible for ACE’s Emergency Response Fund, Historic England or National Lottery Heritage Fund’s (NLHF) Heritage Emergency Fund
  • Museums that have been unsuccessful in applying for the ACE, Historic England and NLHF funds may apply
  • Museums that were successful for WMMD Emergency Funding are eligible to apply
  • Museums applying to the ACE Culture Recovery Fund may also apply to the WMMD Recovery Grants provided it is for a standalone project
  • National Portfolio Organisations and National museums are not eligible to apply

Please note:

  • We will prioritise applications from museums located in areas of low cultural engagement, where the museum is the main cultural offer in a locality, and/or where museums that have niche collections outside the larger city institutions.
  • Your application will be presented to the first available grant panel after its receipt
  • You may only apply once
  • We encourage applicants to carefully consider the value of their grant requested in order to support as many museums as possible
  • We strongly recommend that you discuss your application with your Museum Development Officer before you submit it


CLOSED WMMD Small Grant 2020 CLOSED

We have reviewed the Small Grant Scheme for 2020 and adapted it to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

The Small Grant Scheme is part of the West Midlands Museum Development Programme (WMMD), funded by Arts Council England (ACE).

The Small Grant Scheme will support museums in the West Midlands that were ineligible for either ACE’s Emergency Response Fund or National Lottery Heritage Fund’s (NLHF) Heritage Emergency Fund or are not in receipt of funding from these schemes.

We will prioritise applications that demonstrate urgent need for support to stabilise the museum to allow future operation and/or protect heritage during the Covid-19 pandemic with grants of up to £3,000.

Eligibility

Applicant organisations must hold Full Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation or be formally Working Towards Accreditation in order to be eligible to apply for this grant.

Museums that have received funding through ACE’s Emergency Response Fund or NLHF’s Heritage Emergency Fund are not eligible to apply.

Please note National Portfolio Organisations and National museums are not eligible to apply.

Next steps:

Could up to £3,000 help support your museum during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Please read the Guidance and contact your Museum Development Officer before completing the Application Form (pdf version available on request).

This is a rolling fund. The grant panel will meet fortnightly with first grant offers made on 23 June and then fortnightly on 7 July, 21 July and 4 August 2020.  Your application will be presented to the first available grant panel after its receipt.

The closing date for the final panel is 9am, Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Good luck with your application

 


Successful 2019 applications:

Bewdley Museum
‘Forging Memories’ – becoming a Dementia Friendly venue and outreach visits

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
Audience development research into the local communities to inform Audience Development Strategy and Equality Action Plan

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
‘Wellbeing Workshop’ for those living with Dementia and their carers

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
‘Talking Collections’ – improve the use of handling collections to engage with groups of people with dementia and those at risk of social isolation

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Cultural Exchange
A six month programme of events to stimulate an active Asian collection policy to engage with and reflect changing local community

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
‘Combating Loneliness in Later Life’ – delivering a range of activities during forthcoming exhibitions

Staffordshire Archives and Heritage
‘On YOUR Doorstep: Creative Conversations Connecting the Shared Stories of Staffordshire’ – improving the reach of the service

Staffordshire Yeomanry Museum
‘Collections and Community Co-creation in the Digital Age’ – improving access by digitising the collection and engagement with new audiences

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