Archive for February, 2019

WORKSHOP: Budgeting and Fundraising for work with Young People in the Arts and Cultural Sector

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

When: Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2019,

Where: Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH

How Much: £150 (includes lunch and refreshments)

This practical two day course is designed to help you identify, and apply for, funding for your creative and cultural projects. Participants will be taken through all the steps involved in successful fundraising, from putting together realistic project budgets and identifying key income and expenditure considerations, to finding relevant funding sources and developing relationships with funders. You will leave the day with practical resources to help find funding, and gain top tips to enable you to write effective and successful bids that meet the requirements of individual funding bodies.

For further information about the course and the trainer, Click Here.


FUNDING: The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Deadline for application submission: 1 April 2019 and 1 October 2019

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives.  Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents.

NMCT welcome applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust. Their grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project).  The significance of the collection or items to be conserved, as well as the proposed conservation treatment, are carefully reviewed by Trustees when making their decisions.

NMCT are particularly interested in projects that have a training element (e.g. internship, enhancing skills of experienced conservators, later career conservators passing on their knowledge by supervising a younger conservator etc.).

For further details and information on making an application, Click Here.

FUNDING: The Fore – Summer Applications

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Summer 2019 Registration Opens: 1 April  2019, 10.00am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations: 29 April 2019

Funding Decisions Announced: 19th July 2019

A Big Lottery Fund partner, The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.

The Fore are proud to be a funder without lengthy forms or restrictive criteria, and work to recognise you, the applicant, as the expert in your own field. Their application process simply asks you to tell them more about who you are, what you need and how their funding would enable you to take a step forward in your operations. Once an introduction is made, The Fore match successful applicants with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.

Also committed to helping organisations learn, they give feedback to unsuccessful candidates and offer access to regular, high quality training and networking events.

To find out more about The Fore, and to start a conversation, Click Here.

NEWS: New-look National Lottery Heritage Fund unveils plans for the next five years

Monday, February 18th, 2019

A major decentralisation of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1 Billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years which will see decisions on around 80% of all funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (previously the Heritage Lottery Fund), made in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and three new English areas.

In addition, the new look National Lottery Heritage Fund will have a major focus on several new areas including: nature, communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage; new models of investment, moving beyond grants to include loans and partnerships; more support for commercial, sustainable approaches to tackling heritage that’s in danger of being lost; investment and support to help heritage organisations to be more financially sustainable; a requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly; greater engagement and support to help 13 deprived communities that have in the past been less successful securing funding; and continued support for large-scale, iconic projects over £5million

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Over the past 25 years, money raised by people who buy National Lottery tickets has profoundly changed how we view and engage with the UK’s exceptionally varied heritage. By putting people at its heart, it has helped our wonderful buildings, iconic landscapes, cultural memories and traditions and native species not just survive, but thrive.

“Over the next five years, The National Lottery Heritage Fund will inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage, distributing more than £1bn. So we will be making more decisions on funding locally and focusing on the heritage that really matters to people, creating jobs, bringing economic prosperity and improving people’s lives right across the UK.”

To find out more and for details on how to apply, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Association of Independent Museums National Conference 2019

Monday, February 18th, 2019

When: 20 – 22 June 2019

Where: The National Civil War Centre, Newark

How Much: £35.00 – £342.00

The AIM National Conference 2019 will offer delegates fresh ideas on developing a successful destination. It will look at creative place making, becoming a great destination for your community, understanding your audiences, tips for creating an excellent visitor experience and case studies on how to attract groups to your museum and making your shop or café into a desirable destination amongst many more.

The conference will also highlight the latest updates in charity finance and law from the Charity Finance Group and Farrer & Co, plus we will be exploring how AIM members are using the ‘Open Up: Museums for everyone’ resources to boost and diversify their visitor and volunteer numbers. To help your museum get ahead, there will be practical advice and useful case studies from AIM Hallmarks funded projects.

AIM Conference always provides an ideal occasion for networking and sharing ideas with colleagues from across the sector and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow delegates, speakers, AIM Suppliers and exhibitors.

For further information on the conference, a full event itinerary and to book your tickets, Click Here.

NEWS: Entries open for the Association for Heritage Interpretation Awards 2019

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019

The Association for Heritage Interpretation’s Discover Heritage Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in the UK and Ireland.

Shining a spotlight on great interpretation from museums and historic houses to wildlife reserves and events. They are the only Awards for all types of interpretation in the UK and Ireland to be judged by interpreters. The Awards provide national recognition and publicity for winning and shortlisted sites and feedback on all entries.

There are five Awards categories you can choose to enter:

·       Museums and historic properties/sites

·       Outdoors – Urban and Rural

·       Visitor and interpretation centres

·       Volunteer and Community Projects

·       Events and Activities

For details on how to enter your project, exhibition or event and an application form, Click Here.

FUNDING: Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Arts Council England are still accepting applications for their Lottery Project Grants Programme for arts, museums and libraries projects and you can apply for any amount from £1,000 to £100,000. Project Grants are ACE’s new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery, and will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

Before starting an application, ACE recommends contacting your local Relationship Manager for Museums: Penny Thompson ( and Nikola Burdon (

For full details on eligibility, how to apply, and the funding guidance, visit ACE’s website.

CONFERENCE: Museums Association, Future of Museums – Learning and Engagement

Monday, February 18th, 2019

When: 27 March 2019

Where: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

How Much: Museums Association members, £55.00 – £125.00, non-members, £195.00

This one-day conference will look at the latest understanding of how adults and children learn, examine historical perspectives on the pedagogical role of museums and assess how museum learning might work in the future.

Twenty years after the publication of the influential A Common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age, how has museum learning developed and how are museums responding to demographic, economic and societal change? How can museums reach out to their communities most effectively given this context?

Speakers include:

Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland
Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes, National Museums Scotland
David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museums Wales
Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
Dhikshana Pering, Young People’s Producer, London Borough of Culture 2020
Mark O’Neill, Museum Consultant
Colleen Watters, Head of Learning and Partnerships, Ulster Museum
Dominique Bouchard, Head of Learning and Interpretation, English Heritage
Wendy Gallagher, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum
Siobhan McConnachie, Head of Education, National Galleries Scotland

To find out more or to book a place, Click Here

WORKSHOP: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in the Arts and Cultural Sector

Monday, February 18th, 2019

When: 13 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: HOME, Manchester

How Much: £150.00 – includes lunch and a certificate of attendance

This new course from Artswork has been designed for individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of safeguarding legislation and best practice, specifically when working with vulnerable adults in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. You will explore what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult’ in the context of your work and will develop approaches for recognising and responding to the different types of abuse associated with adults at risk.

This engaging course will look at sector specific case studies and examples and will offer practical advice and tools to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around issues relating to working with vulnerable adults. You will spend some focused time exploring the particular challenges facing young adults (age 18-30).

For further information or to book a place, Click Here.