Grants and Funding

A list of the latest grants and funding opportunities open to applications from organisations or individuals working within the museum and heritage sector.
Know of a funding opportunity or grant we haven’t listed here, let us know by emailing – info@nwfed.org.uk

FUNDING: The Rayne Foundation

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For over fifty years The Rayne Foundation has given to many different causes and organisations.  Founded by Lord Rayne (1918-2003) who made great efforts to ensure the Rayne Foundation was engaged with the needs of society, a mission still upheld today.

Always looking for creative ways of tackling entrenched social issues through the arts, health, wellbeing, and education, the Foundation supports projects that can be replicated and led by people with vision. They particularly welcome applications addressing their three areas of special interest: young people’s mental health, art as a tool to achieve social change, and improved quality of life for carers and older people.

Aiming to enlarge sympathies through increasing tolerance and understanding, to reduce exclusion and conflict, to bring people together for the good of society, and ultimately to help create a more comprehending and cohesive world, the Foundation encourage inspiring individuals and organisations who can build bridges within our complex world to apply.

To find out more about the Foundation’s work and how to make an application, Click Here

FUNDING: Marsh Christian Trust

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Founded in 1981 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE, with the aim to create a sustainable way to give something back to society, by supporting the organisations and people who are making a difference, as best he could. From the outset the Trust has aimed to create long-standing relationships with the organisations it supports and partners through both its principle areas of work; the Grants Programme and the Awards Scheme.

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs – such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings – and supports around 300 charities every year through the Grants Programme and gives over 80 different Awards to individuals and groups from across the charity sector, who make a difference to a cause that they believe in.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale. Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Art Fund New Collecting Awards

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Deadline for applications – 24 April 2019

Through the New Collecting Awards we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. Applications are accepted from curators in the early stages of their career, or who have had limited opportunities to collect and who are employed by, or working in partnership with, museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation.

The awards offer 100% funding for focused collecting projects, enabling curators to expand museum and gallery collections into exciting new areas or deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.

Awardees also receive a generous funding allocation for research, travel and training, plus the support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.

To find out more about the Award and how to apply, Click Here.

FUNDING: The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

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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

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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.