Archive for the ‘Grants’ Category

FUNDING: £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund Launched

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

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

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

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.

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.

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.

FUNDING: The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Deadline for Applications:  15 March 2017, 5.00pm

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, is an ongoing initiative funding projects which develop collections to achieve social impact.

Established in 2011, 72 projects have so far received grants totalling £4.9m in its first eleven funding rounds. Between 2017 and 2019 it is offering a total of £3.5m in grants, as well as providing events and resources for the whole sector. Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.
The Museums Association are looking for applications from organisations whose proposed projects will:

• Work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use while involving, inspiring and having an impact on people, communities and audiences.

• Engage local communities and/or those who aren’t typical museum attendees, and think about social impact.

• Be developmental for the organisation or sector.

• Consider the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

For further details including application forms and guidance, Click Here.

If you wish to discuss a potential project further, please contact Sally Colvin––for an informal conversation and advice on developing an application. 

FUNDING: Ready to Borrow Grants Scheme 2017-18

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Arts Council England has secured funding for a grant programme for museums to borrow loans for display by upgrading buildings and display spaces to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme.

The purpose of the programme is to allow museums to borrow significant objects from museums, particularly national museums and Major Partner Museums. By borrowing high profile loans it is hoped that museums will increase their visitor figures and profile, to help increase their resilience in challenging times.

£132,000 has been allocated for museums in the North West in 2017-18 and the funding will be distributed through MDNW. A single museum can apply for a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £50,000. A consortium of museums can apply for a maximum of £80,000.

The funding must be used for exhibitions and displays which include loans from one or more of the following, in order of priority:

  • national museums and Major Partner Museums
  • other Accredited museums in the UK
  • publicly-funded museums overseas

The loan(s) must be confirmed between the borrowing and lending organisations prior to application to this fund.

The programme is being announced now to give sufficient lead in time for museums to approach nationals and Major Partner Museums to request loans. Additional support on working with nationals to secure loans will be given in the form of the British Museum’s “Loan Ready” programme, with training days running in the North West from September 2016 to February 2017. Attendance on this programme is strongly recommended if you are considering applying to the “Ready to Borrow” scheme. Further details of the British Museum’s programme will be announced on our blog soon.

To apply for “Ready to Borrow” funding you MUST attend one of the surgeries held in by the MDNW team for advice and guidance before submitting an application. We will not accept applications from museums which have not attended. The surgeries will be held in July 2017; dates and venues will be announced on our blog nearer the time.

For further details on eligibility and timescales, refer to the ACE Ready to Borrow guidance 2017-18 and the ACE Ready to Borrow Application Form. Please read through these before contacting one of the team for advice.

FUNDING: Connections Through Culture International Development Grants

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Applications Accepted Four Times a Year

Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme which develops exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.  The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.  Artists and arts organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

A limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others’ work. Grants are offered four times each year, the forthcoming deadlines are detailed below:

Applications open: Monday 4 July 2016
Application deadline: Friday 5 August 2016
Results out: Monday 5 September 2016

For further information and details on how to apply through the British Council’s online application system, Click Here.

FUNDING: The Clothworkers Company CPD Bursaries for Conservators

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

The Clothworkers’ Company offer up to £1,000 towards registration, travel, and accommodation costs to help qualified conservators attend conferences, short courses, and seminars.  The bursaries are designed to cover 50% of the total cost of attending, to a maximum of £1,000.

On application, The Clothworkers’ Company expect you to have already raised  the remaining funds via your employer, personal funds, or by other means. However, if you are unable to do this, they may consider awarding more than 50% depending on your individual circumstances.

For further information, Click Here

COMMENT: Fundraising Negotiating – Dark Art or Being Empowered to Get it Right?

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

With the on-going threats to funding within the museum, heritage and cultural sector the need to diversify funding sources has become a key concern for many fundraisers working within the sector, but if organisations want to secure long-term, sustainable funding from corporations their fundraisers need to be empowered to negotiate and build partnerships.

In response to this issue, Culturehive recently published a conversation between Sarah Winchester and Beth Upton who now runs the ever-expanding Money Tree Fundraising Consultancy; a group of talented fundraisers whose expertise lies in high value (major) giving – large donations from companies, trusts and individuals – and supporting charities to set-up, grow and maintain their income.  Below is an excerpt from their conversation in which Beth divulged her top tips for being a good negotiator and what she feels are the common down-falls in negotiating with potential corporate funders:

Like me Beth enjoys the thrill of a good negotiation but immediately understood why fundraisers might need support getting it right: “Often people take the first offer, not the best one”. In her experience, she went on to explain: “charities can be so grateful for any offer of financial support they do not negotiate at all”. In other cases the focus on financial targets for fundraisers can undermine the process: “some are fearful of losing vital income so may undervalue their organisation in a bid to hit the numbers”.
Too much emphasis solely on the financial target, for whatever reason, will leave negotiations dead in the water. A negotiation is the beginning of a partnership and as with any relationship it is important to be flexible. Although Beth and I acknowledged that flexibility was difficult for a lot of charities – limited resources often mean limited options – we also felt that there was another barrier facing many organisations when fundraising from businesses, that they are in control of: “charities don’t value companies, especially since the recession”. This idea that non-for-profit organisations have the moral high ground and therefore should keep a polite distance from corporations was something we both recognised.
In its worst form it can be a potent mixture of dislike and fear: “you can be business-like without being profit driven” Beth stressed. If charities want to secure long-term, sustainable funding avenues from corporations their fundraisers need to be empowered to negotiate and build partnerships with them, “we know how they (the companies) can meet our needs, but we rarely find out how we can meet their needs”. It has to be a two way street.

To download their full discussion from Culturehive’s website, Click Here.

NEWS: Heritage Lottery Fund Launches Online Community Forum

Friday, October 9th, 2015


Funding can often feel like a mine field to anyone looking to apply to big grant giving organisations for the first time, but in a move to demystify their process, the Heritage Lottery Fund have launched a supportive online community forum. Following a successful pilot project earlier this year, HLF’s forum has become a space where anyone looking to connect with other organisations currently working on HLF funded projects can go to ask relevant questions about their own applications, sound out future project ideas or just engage in relevant sector debate and discussion.

By joining the community you and your organisation will be able to access numerous discussion forums including those linked to specific targeted programmes such as Landscape Partnerships, Parks for People and Young Roots; you’ll even be able to download useful content which has been shared within the community forum by other members.

To find out more about what HLF’s motivations were for establishing the community and what they hope it will achieve, I caught up with Amy Freeborn, the Online Communities Manager.

Emma Sumner:  What were your motivations for developing the online community?

Amy Freeborn:  “We wanted to create a friendly and informal platform for people to share expertise and experience, and ask and answer questions related to HLF-supported projects, regardless of physical location. The Online Community allows people to seek official guidance without having to call us up, and get first-hand project tips and advice from other grantees without having to be in the same room together.”

ES:  Who do you anticipate will use the community and who would you like to encourage to use it?

AF:  “The Online Community is for anyone interested in, currently applying for, or who has received, HLF funding, and those working in heritage and other relevant sectors. The Online Community operated in a pilot phase for around 18 months, open to those who had received funding in six selected grant programmes. In August we launched a general discussions area which is open to everyone, and the interest and engagement has been great so far. We still have some way to go to make it as vibrant and valuable as it can be, but we’re definitely getting there: the more people that use it, the more useful it will be for everyone.”

ES:  Do you think this community will help a wider range of organisations to access HLF funding?

AF:  “I think so, yes. Because not only can they sound out their idea (in principle) before making an application, but they can network with others who have been awarded funding for and are already running similar projects. By joining the Community they can get first hand advice on what has and hasn’t worked, and therefore be in a better position to submit a successful application, and then deliver a successful project.”

ES:  Do you have any further plans to develop the community portal in the future and if so what would you like to add/change?

AF:  “There are a few minor technical things on my ‘would be nice to do’ list, such as a search function so people can easily find threads from others in their region and/or grant programme, but our main priority right now is increasing user numbers and engagement.”

ES:  Ultimately, what would you like to see the community achieve?

AF:  “The ultimate aim is that it becomes the exceptional resource we know it can be, full of lively discussions about all aspects of developing and delivering fantastic heritage projects.”

An inclusive, safe space, the HLF Community will undoubtedly continue to develop itself as a valuable forum for the discussion and sharing of knowledge related to the work that HLF, their grantees and partners deliver.  So if you’re interested in sounding out a future project’s potential for HLF funding, all you need to do is register yourself, log on to the forum and join in the debate.

Emma Sumner, News Editor

To join HLF’s online community; Click Here

Or for further information on how the community forum can help you and your organisation contact Amy Freeborn –