Grants and Funding

Apply for the Textile Society Museum, Archive and Conservation Award 2017

The Textile Society offers an annual bursary award of up to £5,000 for a textile related project within the museum, archive or conservation sector in the UK.

The Award is designed to support textile related projects within a museum, archive, or conservation studio for exhibition, publication or conservation that will help achieve greater awareness and access for the public.

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Posted March 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Transport Trust awards open for nominations

The Transport Trust is inviting nominations for awards to help individuals and groups who are working hard to preserve items of importance to the Nation’s transport heritage. Awards are made to transport restoration projects which underway but not completed and would benefit from financial assistance.

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Posted March 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme 2017 deadlines

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The 2017 deadlines for Art Fund’s curatorial grants scheme have been announced. Since the programme launched in 2012 Art Fund has helped 247 curators, scholars and researchers with 225 projects. Last year the annual pot of funding increased by 50% to £75,000. Grants are for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.

The programme is open to curators who work across the full range of fine and applied art collections in museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation and are open to the public. In addition, in recognition of the need for new skills, knowledge and research to benefit museum collections for the future, these grants are also available to researchers, art historians and academics from other relevant and related disciplines, retired curators, and other museum professionals who plan to work within and alongside museums to improve the use and understanding of their fine and applied art collections. Applications from individuals not based in a museum or gallery must be accompanied by a letter of support from an accredited, or provisionally accredited, public collection.​

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Posted January 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

Cornwall Council – Culture Revenue Grants Programme 2018-22

Cornwall_CouncilCornwall Council has developed a long term, strategic approach to cultural development in Cornwall. All investment in culture made by the Council will be in organisations, initiatives, capital development or programmes of work which contribute to the realisation of the five goals outlined in Cornwall’s White Paper for Culture Edition 2.

The vision is: “Cornwall, a leading international rural region for creativity and culture: where excellence is achieved by keeping in balance social and community engagement, high value creative industries and cultural distinction”

Cornwall Council seeks to establish a portfolio of arts and museum partners funded via Culture Revenue Grants who are able to contribute to the realisation of this vision and help lead the delivery of the White Paper for Culture Edition 2. Culture Revenue Grant partners will have the experience, capacity and scale to fulfil this role and will be major organisations whose continued well-being is crucial to the maintenance of a viable arts and museums infrastructure in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council is offering the opportunity for arts organisations and museums based in Cornwall to apply for Culture Revenue Grants with funding agreements for four financial years from 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2022. Culture Revenue Grants will replace our strategic client arts grants and museums revenue grant schemes. Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

For more information please click here.

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Posted November 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Fundraising for Archives Cohort 2017 – applications now open

the-national-archivesFundraising for Archives invites you to join a small group of colleagues from the archive sector on a 6 month programme to receive training, mentoring and fundraising support tailored to you and your archive service. From January 2017 we will be running 4 cohorts with 12 places available in each and you will attend 6 training courses, each developing your skills in different elements of fundraising. We begin with four core modules, the building blocks to fundraising, and you are then able to specialise in two additional modules that best meet your needs. (more…)

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Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Giving to Heritage fundraising workshops

giving-to-heritage-logoThere are several Giving to Heritage workshops coming to the South West in the next few months. Giving to Heritage is The Heritage Alliance’s exciting training programme for fundraisers in the heritage sector an is run in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising. (more…)

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Posted November 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Friends and Volunteers: Introduction to Fundraising Support

The National Archives, Kew

Do your Volunteers or Friends Group members fundraise for your service? Or would you like them to start thinking about it?

Fundraising for Archives invites Friends and Volunteers from across the archive sector to The National Archives on 5 December 2016 for a workshop on fundraising. This is an opportunity for Friends and volunteers from different services to come together, share their experiences and hear fundraising best practice from peers successful at generating income for their archive. (more…)

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Posted October 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Archway Project receives £3.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant

School children, local communities and visitors are set to benefit from a new Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre in Bath, thanks to a grant of £3.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Archway Project.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From displaying hidden Roman rooms to inspiring the next generation to get hands-on with Bath’s past, this is an incredibly exciting project and we’re proud to offer our support, thanks of course to National Lottery players.

“Today’s investment will transform the way the city’s story is told, provide unprecedented access to its heritage and play a key role in the development of this World Heritage site.”


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Posted October 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Institute of Fundraising launches guide to help trustees understand fundraising responsibilities

HojtABXwThe Institute of Fundraising has launched a new free handbook to support trustees of charities in understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities in relation to fundraising. Many trustees are not experts in fundraising, but feeling confident that fundraising is being done properly and effectively is vital. The handbook includes sections on ‘A Trustee’s Role’, ‘Understanding the Rules and Regulations’, ‘Planning for a Sustainable Future’, ‘Who Gives and How?’, and ‘Putting Your Knowledge into Practice’.

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising said: “Trustees are volunteers who freely give their time to govern and lead our charities. With the recent scrutiny on governance and fundraising issues this big responsibility can be daunting. The handbook we are launching today should provide useful and practical support to help trustees to feel confident in fulfilling their roles in relation to developing the right fundraising strategy, preventing poor practice and promoting excellent fundraising.”

To download the handbook, please click here.

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Posted October 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Bath Abbey seeks help to secure funding for an innovative eco-friendly project

bath_abbey_logoBath Abbey’s Footprint project is seeking votes to secure funding from the M&S Community Energy Fund so that they can install a new eco-friendly heating system:

“Bath Abbey’s magnificent floor is collapsing. However, what at first seemed a total disaster for a centuries old, iconic building has become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and probably the most important church project in the country today – the Footprint project. Whilst lifting the 800+ enormous memorial stones to repair the floor, we can install an innovative, eco-friendly underfloor heating system that will harness excess energy from Bath’s natural hot spring waters to heat the Abbey.

Footprint will lead the way: there is no known precedent for a heat recovery system using natural hot spring waters in a medieval building – and Footprint will encourage other historic buildings to seek innovative ways of adapting and using modern technology to reduce their impact. Using the constantly available natural hot spring waters will significantly reduce the Abbey’s massive carbon footprint in a particularly sensitive location (UNESCO World Heritage Site and conservation area) and will sustain it for many generations to come.”

Click here for more information, and to vote:

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Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm