Art Happens Crowdfunding Platform

Art Funding gives museums and audiences the power to bring exciting projects to life together. Designed specifically for museums and galleries, their crowdfunding platform is completely free to use, meaning 100% of the funds raised go directly to your project. They cover the costs of producing a film and donor rewards, and they offer a…

Historic England Announce First ‘Everyday Heritage’ Grants

Historic England has announced the 57 new projects which will be supported by the first ‘Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories’ scheme. The projects are ‘community-led and people focused’ with the aim of providing volunteering opportunities. Industrial Heritage projects supported include: Northern Souls – Going Down the Welly (Easington), Peel Street Mill and its…

Arts Council England launch Private Investment in Culture Survey

Arts Council England has launched the latest version of the Private Investment in Culture Survey, and is inviting Cultural groups and individuals to take part in the survey. The survey covers the last three financial years, and is a key source of information on the role that corporate partnerships, individual giving, and grants from trusts…

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…