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: AHF Grants Programme, Transforming Places Through Heritage

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Deadline for Applications over £15,000: 21 October 2019 for a mid-Dec 2019 decision

The Architectural Heritage Fund has been established to help social enterprises and charities transform high streets and town centres through new funding.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund that will breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England. The initiative is part of the government’s plan for High streets announced at last year’s Budget, including a £675 million Future High Streets Fund and a £1 million business rates discount for small high street retailers. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. Building on a number of  successful programmes, the funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. It is part of the Government’s ongoing work to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits.

Having opened for applications in late June, £15 million of funding will be delivered through The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme. Any charity, community business or social enterprise such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies with proposals which meet the programme objectives can apply to the Fund.

For further information on the Fund and the criteria for applications, Click Here.

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

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

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.