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: £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund Launched

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On the 18 July, the National Lottery Community Fund launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. This new fund, will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community.

The types of activities supported through this new fund will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Everyone can play their part in addressing climate change. The impact will be all the greater if we come together within and across communities. This is why, thanks to National Lottery players, we are launching the Climate Action Fund to create grassroots momentum built on learning and sharing within, between and beyond communities – in order to achieve meaningful and sustained climate action.”

To find out more about this new fund and how to apply, Click Here

FUNDING: Islamic Art and Material Culture – Calligraphy Support Scheme 2019-20

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Deadline for Applications: Friday 20 September 2019, 5.00pm

The calligraphy support scheme aims to provide regional museums with specialist and practical support to help them unlock the potential of their collections of Islamic Art and Material Culture (IAMC) and how they can use them to engage with new and diverse audiences. The scheme focuses on Calligraphy in Arabic script on a range of object types.

Through an open application system, one participating institution in England will be selected to receive support from experts in collections and engagement. The support scheme aims to identify and, where possible, translate Arabic (or Persian / Urdu) inscriptions on around 50 objects per institution (note that if you do not have 50 objects with inscriptions other associated objects can be included). Further support will include a collections report, engagement plan and support from an artist specialising in Calligraphy in Arabic, to deliver outreach events in a format that is repeatable and sustainable in the long-term. Funding is provided through an Arts Council England Grant awarded to the Subject Specialist Network for Islamic Art and Material Culture.

For further information and details on how to apply, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grants

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Deadline for Applications: Monday 14th October 2019, 9.00am

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations to undertake an international visits to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, experience and expertise.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums and similar organisations to establish mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. Priority will be given to non-national museums and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.

Grants will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.  The scheme does not fund travel for international conferences and events.

To find out more about the scheme and to check if you are eligible to apply, Click Here.  

NEWS: Prosper North Offers Free Business Support Programme for Culture and Heritage Organisations

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Prosper North have released details about a new, free business support programme for culture and heritage organisations to help them become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund investment opportunity.

Prosper North’s programme aims to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England– from music venues to community art groups, and independent museums to literature festivals – to increase income and impact, becoming more resilient businesses. It is aligned with the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (NCRF), managed by the Key Fund, which is offering social investments (mix of grant and loans) to creative and cultural organisations in the north of England who deliver positive social impacts.

For those interested in finding out more about the programme, Prosper North are hosting two briefing events in the North West, one in Kendal on the 3 July, and another in Liverpool on the 17 July.

To learn more about the programme and to check if your organisation is eligible to participate, Click Here

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