Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The window for expressions of interest to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is now open.  The current funding stream is for collections engagement, offering grants of up to £90,000 over two years.  All applicants must meet a set of essential requirements relating to using existing collections to engage audiences. There is a two-stage application process and applicants…

Culture Recovery Fund – Third Round Details Released

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, has announced the details of the third round of funding in the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF). This is the emergency funding that the Government established to support the cultural sector in England through the Covid-19 pandemic. The final £300 million of funds announced on 25th June 2021 brings the total amount…

Museum Estate and Development (MEND) Fund Now Open for Applications

The Museum Estate and Development (MEND) fund is now taking applications. This funding stream is part of the Cultural Investment Fund (CIF) CIF is administered by Arts Council England (ACE) and is made up of three funding streams, the Cultural Development Fund, the Libraries Improvement Fund, and MEND. MEND is particularly relevant for industrial heritage…

Grants Updates from ACE, AIM & Museum Development North West

As the wider heritage sector prepares to re-open over the spring after the latest COVID lockdown, several grant giving organisations have announced the re-opening of funding streams or revised initiatives relevant to the Industrial Heritage sector. Below is a brief summary of some of these. Arts Council England National Lottery Fund Project Grants The Arts…

Museum Development East Midland Grants Deadline 1st April 2021

From 1st April 2021, MDEM (Museum Development East Midlands) will again be offering a suite of grants to support museums in the region. These grants are in three categories. Firstly, Small Grants up to £1500. Secondly, Collections Access Grants up to £1000. Thirdly, Museum Recovery Grants, with the maximum grant limit to be confirmed in…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Freelancers

An online poll by Museum Freelance was run between 12 and 30 November 2020 to explore the challenges faced by freelancers as a result of the COVD-19 pandemic. Museum Freelance (Museum Freelance) is an organisation that supports and champions freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives, and libraries in the UK. They provide…

2020 Applications for Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology

The Marsh Awards, designed to showcase excellence in archaeology, are run by the Council for British Archaeology with the support of the Marsh Christian Trust. Since all archaeological activity this year has been affected in some way by the pandemic, the CBA and Marsh Christian Trust have decided to focus the 2020 Awards on projects…

Heritage Emergency Fund supports hundreds of organisations across the UK

The NHLF has announced that the Heritage Emergency Fund has helped more than 950 heritage organisations across the UK to cope with the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In total, 961 grants were awarded worth £49.8million to help the heritage community support staff, cover essential maintenance and utility costs, and prepare to safely reopen….

Colchester’s Balkerne Water Tower gets Historic England Grant

Historic England has awarded a £20,000 project development grant to support investigative works at the the Grade II* Balkerne Tower in Colchester, also known as the ‘Jumbo Tower’. It was built in 1882-3 by the local council to bring clean water to the Essex town, and was last used in 1984. It is currently on…

RECOVERY GRANTS SECOND ROUND

The Art Fund and the Museum Development Network (MDN) in England have joined forces to offer a series of Recovery Grants – deadline 15th September. In Round One they supported a wide range of activity, allowing museums to create new online content, adapt their learning offers, strengthen relationship building with BAME communities, start up new…