AIM Hallmarks Awards: Final Round Now Open For Applications

The third and final round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards is now open for AIM members in England and Wales with applications closing on 15 May 2017. Offering grants of between £5,000 and £15,000, the AIM Hallmarks Awards help AIM member museums and heritage sites to begin to use the principles in the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

This can involve either review and planning, or taking forward new ways of working. For example, in Round 1 of the AIM Hallmarks Awards, The Lightbox Museum and Art Gallery in Woking used their grant to work more effectively with millennials, which you can read about HERE. Organisational review projects funded include one for Amgeudffa Pontypool Museum.

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The Lightbox Museum and Art Gallery in Woking used their grant to work more effectively with millennials (Photo credit: The Lightbox)

Work funded by an AIM Hallmarks Award must be demonstrably central to an applicant museum’s organisational development and closely linked to the museum’s strategic plan. Where possible, we are keen for projects to innovate, trialling approaches or ways of working which are either wholly new to the museum sector, or new to museums of a particular kind or size. In Round 2, for example, the Royal West of England Academy received funding to trial offering executive training away days to corporate clients as a means of income generation.

Helen Wilkinson, AIM Assistant Director, said: “We’re really open to a wide range of proposals – either for doing some serious thinking about the future of your museum, or testing out an idea you already have. We’re looking for fresh thinking and energy above all else – could you use a Hallmark Award to lay the foundations for a new way of working?”

Who Has Already Benefitted From An AIM Hallmarks Award?

In the second round of awards, five were made to museums and heritage sites in England, and three to museums in Wales.

Successful applicants in England were:

Radstock Museum in Somerset, awarded £12,000 for a project to remodel the main permanent displays in the gallery to reflect its name change to Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum. In doing so, the museum hopes to attract a wider and more diverse audience and enhance their learning offer to engage schools.

Seven Stories and the Mary Rose Trust both awarded funding for in house programmes of leadership development for staff (£8720 for Mary Rose Trust and £11,660 for Seven Stories).

Priest’s House Museum, Dorset, awarded £10,000 for an organisational review.

Brantwood Trust, awarded £7,842.00 for a project to share Ruskin’s ideas with a wider audience through collections digitisation and videos for its website.

Royal West of England Academy, awarded £9,060.00 for a project to develop packages of executive development training, using the museum’s collections, as a means of income generation.


Priest’s House Museum, Dorset, awarded £10,000 for an organisational review

And in Wales:

Cardiff Story Museum awarded £8000 for a marketing review, to enable it to improve its financial resilience.

Rhayader Museum and Gallery, awarded £10,590 for a project to document local town and country shows, using volunteers in innovative ways.

Pontypool Museum, awarded £5000 towards the costs of an organisational review.

How To Apply

AIM Hallmarks Awards in England

AIM Hallmarks Awards in Wales

The third round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards is now open for AIM members in England and Wales with applications closing on 15 May 2017.

If you are considering making an application to the final round of the Hallmarks Awards, guidance notes to support your application are available here AIM Hallmarks Awards

Or you can email Helen Wilkinson on






Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar

Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar

Tuesday 4 October 10.45am – 3.00pm at the London Transport Museum

Lunch and optional tour of the London Transport Museum included

Free entry

If you are about to start a new capital heritage project or want to deliver a successful interpretation project, the upcoming free AIM Biffa Award ‘Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects’ seminar on 4 October at the London Transport Museum will inspire you and give you the confidence you need.

Museums and heritage sites embarking on a major development project will gain invaluable top tips on how to manage processes and planning, how to avoid pitfalls and recognise opportunities and how to manage communications and relationships with key stakeholders and volunteers.

The seminar will also provide inspiring ideas for new interpretation approaches through practical examples and case studies from organisations that have successfully won major capital grants from AIM Biffa Award or HLF and it will be especially useful to those thinking of applying to the new  AIM Biffa Award History Makers programme.

A range of speakers from different sized museums and Industrial Heritage Sites, who directly managed funding from the AIM Biffa Award National Heritage Landmark Projects Scheme which invested £1.5m in saving and interpreting industrial heritage sites, will be sharing their insights and tips throughout the day and during informal chats during lunch.

There will also be a chance to hear more about the new AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ grant programme and potential applicants to the programme are encouraged to attend this seminar to learn about what the programme is looking to fund and what will make a good application. The closing date for the first round of History Makers is 31 October 2016.


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10.45 Registration and Coffee

11.15 Welcome: Gillian French, Biffa Award, Head of Grants

11.30 Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard will explain what makes for successful project management and will introduce three NHLPS funded projects; all complex schemes forming part of larger HLF funded projects. These are:

Postal Heritage Trust: Mail Rail – presented by Chris Taft, Head of Collections

Chatham Historic Dockyard: World Heritage Discovery Centre – presented by Artelia UK

Underfall Yard: Hydraulic Pump House – presented by Nicola Dyer, Project Director

12.45 Lunch and Market Place

13.30 Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills

The second session will be led by Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills, who will be looking at some new approaches to heritage interpretation with case studies from:

Newman’s Coffin Works: Self- Guided Works Tour – presented by Tonia Collett, Volunteer and Operations Manager

Cromford Mills: Interpreting Arkwright’s First Mill – presented by Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive

ss GB: Being Brunel – presented by Rhian Tritton, Director of Museum and Educational Services

14.45 History Makers Fund: Di Lees, Director Imperial War Museum and Tim Burge, History Makers, Project Manager

Tim will explain the aims of the programme and what you need to do if you are interested in applying

Q and A

15.00 Seminar ends.

Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, will give an update on recent developments at the museum with the opportunity to visit the museum


How to book: Tickets are free and can be booked by using our Eventbrite booking

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AIM Biffa Award: History Makers £1 million Funding Programme Is Open

The AIM Biffa Award funded  ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now open for applications and the closing date for the first annual round will be 31 October 2016. History Makers will fund museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today.

The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM member museums of up to £75,000. £300,000 will be distributed in the first round. It builds on the very successful collaboration between AIM and Biffa Award from 2012-2014, which saw £1.5m invested in National Heritage Landmark Projects, saving some of the UK’s most important industrial heritage. The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa Award operations, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund.

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‘History Makers’ will enable the creation of new museum displays which will connect the public with the personal stories and achievements of both famous, and less-well known, historic figures. Through their lives, a new generation will be inspired by the qualities behind their successes, such as ingenuity, bravery, persistence, endeavour, imagination and insight. Many objects and collections will be displayed publicly for the first time to illuminate these stories.

“The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme will support AIM member museums by funding exhibitions and displays that will celebrate the achievements of the men and women that have helped to shape our history. This is an exciting opportunity for museums to tell the story of these extraordinary people and the Biffa Award funding will also enable museums to create online resources that can be shared globally,” said Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of AIM.

“We’re thrilled to support such an exciting project with a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund. History Makers, will enable people to explore the personal stories behind some of the great figures of our past, and help to bring these fascinating chapters of our social history to life!” said Gillian French; Biffa Award, Head of Grants


How to apply

Please visit the AIM website for all information about the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme by clicking here: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

If you have any questions or need help, please email Justeen Stone at:

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Good News For English Museums From Arts Council England

Arts Council England have announced changes to the way it will approach its investment, from 2018. Funding for Museums and Libraries will be brought together with funding for the arts for the first time, with museums able to apply both to be National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and for Grants for the Arts and Culture.

AIM’s new Chair, Richard Evans, Director at Beamish, has welcomed this news and writes here about the positive impact that these changes will have for AIM members in England.


AIM’s new Chairman, Richard Evans, Director at Beamish, has welcomed the news today from Arts Council England

 AIM is really pleased to see the changes announced today by Arts Council England (ACE)  and we really welcome the new opportunities they will create for English museums of all shapes and sizes because for the first time, museums and libraries will be part of the Arts Council’s investment portfolio and funding agreements for the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations will be lengthened from 3 to 4 years, to allow organisations more time to put their business plans in action.

AIM appreciates having been involved as the ideas have been developed – and we can see that ACE have listened very carefully to museums including the views of our members. The feedback has been used to inform the Arts Council’s investment process from 2018 and the new NPO applicant guidance and further details about Grants for the Arts and Culture, and strategic funds, will be published in October 2016.

In some senses this marks the moment when museums have finally become integrated into the work of Arts Council England. We particularly welcome the news that all museums will be able to apply to the Arts Council’s largest fund, Grants for the Arts and Culture. This is a bold move – and the right one we think – to help ACE deliver on its own goals and ambitions. Making sure their investment goes much further and reaches more people.

To slightly badly paraphrase the Arts Council’s strategy – we know museums deliver truly great experiences for everyone. AIM is confident these changes will help demonstrate that a broader portfolio of investment by ACE – reaching all types of museums across England including many more independent organisations – will create real and lasting benefits. Benefits to our museums and how they work – but most importantly of all perhaps – benefits to the millions of people we reach every year.

Our experience suggests that so often the greatest returns are created by modest investments in the right organisation, at the right time. We also know that sometimes the best ideas are to be found in the very smallest museums. Biggest does not always mean best.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that independent museums represent more than two thirds of all museums in England – and employ half of the sector’s entire paid workforce too. AIM looks forward to supporting independent museums to take up the opportunity presented by Arts Council’s new funding programmes, to generate some brilliant ideas and truly original projects, creating valuable experiences for people from all backgrounds to enjoy.

Other responses

AIM’s previous Chair, Dr Matthew Tanner, took part in an Arts Council England panel discussion about the changes to the Arts Council England investment process. He said “From a museum perspective, this is a radical change as it will allow innovation to grow in all sorts of places. We will see people seeding this opportunity all over the place – it’s very exciting.” You can listen to the discussion HERE

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums for ACE described the change of Grants for the Arts to Grants for the Arts and Culture: “This major new fund will have a broad remit – to develop great art and cultural activity for everyone – and will typically support applications between £1,000 and £100,000. This is a significant new potential source of funding for museum activity and will open in January 2018.”

Welcoming the overall changes, he said: “I am confident that these plans are a strong, dynamic response from the Arts Council to the challenges and opportunities facing museums, as well as the wider arts and cultural sector. They will allow us to make strategic decisions about individual places and will support partnership-working across museums and the arts.”

The full announcement of the changes plus the downloadable ComRes Report on the sector consultation and the Arts Council’s recommendations on the investment approach can be found on the Arts Council England website here:

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AIM Launches Further Support for Museums in Wales / AIM yn Lansio Rhagor o Gymorth i Amgueddfeydd yng Nghymru

AIM Launches Further Support for Museums in Wales

The Welsh Government has awarded the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) £70,000 to enable Welsh museums to participate in AIM’s successful Hallmarks of Prospering Museums programme including £45,000 of new grants available for Welsh museums, and AIM’s Visitor Verdict research and benchmarking scheme. The grant also includes funding for a new research project on the impacts of charging for admission in museums. There will be a free event in Cardiff in September, exploring the research on admission charging and the AIM Hallmarks grants.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates, who is also responsible for Culture and Heritage in Wales, said:

“Local museums are an intrinsic part of vibrant and healthy communities and these grants, along with our wider work with the Association of Independent Museums, reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure the sustainable delivery of these important services in the future. The Visitor Verdict research, along with the study on local museum charging will help to take forward the recommendations of the Expert Review I commissioned last year.”

All museums and heritage sites in Wales are now able to benefit from  ‘AIM VisitorVerdict’ – AIM’s visitor research and benchmarking service – thanks to the launch of a full Welsh-language version and the Welsh Government’s grant to AIM which enables funding of £150 each, for up to ten museums newly participating in VisitorVerdict.

VistorVerdict can support Welsh museums by informing them about their audiences and can help to address the lack of data about museum audiences as highlighted in the ‘Expert Review of Local Museum Provision in Wales 2015’  by providing information about who visits, why they are there, what they do on their visit and how many local residents, schools and groups visit.

Another element of the award relates to a UK-wide research study, currently underway, which AIM is leading in partnership with Arts Council England and the Welsh Government, to examine the impact of pricing policy (whether to charge admission or have free entry) and pricing strategy (how to structure admission pricing and what level to set pricing at) on museums.

The research was commissioned in response to an increasing number of museums considering changes to their pricing policies and strategy and will provide guidance about the things which need to be considered when deciding about potential changes and will help museums better understand what the impacts of changes might be.

It is focused on providing useful information and advice for those governing and working in museums. There will be a separate report specifically looking at the situation in Wales and responding to the recommendation from the Expert Review that the Welsh Government should review the policy and practice of charging for museum entry and from this provide guidance.

The AIM Hallmarks Awards provide funding to enable museums to explore how they can use the Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen their organisation. The Hallmarks highlight eight characteristics that are common to successful, prospering museums and heritage organisations: a clear and compelling purpose; good leadership and a positive organisational culture; strong governance; a positive attitude to innovation and risk; extensive networks and awareness outside the organisation; being focused on visitors and audiences; using collections and heritage assets to fulfil the organisation’s purpose and having a clear understanding of the organisation’s finances.

Welsh museums will have two opportunities to apply for a total of £45,000 through the Hallmarks Awards. Awards will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000, and the average grant will be £10,000.  There will be two rounds of funding, with deadlines of 7 October 2016 and 15 May 2017. More information will be available on the AIM website when the first round opens in July 2016.

Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of AIM, said: “The Hallmarks of Prospering Museums have already proved to be an extremely useful tool for museums to review their strengths and weaknesses at a strategic level. We are delighted that it will now be easier for Welsh museums to use the Hallmarks and we will be able to support them in undertaking strategic reviews of their organisations or implementing actions resulting from those reviews through the Hallmarks grants.”

An event in Cardiff in September will launch the Hallmarks in Wales and explain more about the grants that are available. On the same day AIM will be sharing findings from its research project into the impact on museums of charging for admissions.

The event will be free and bookings will open in July. To register interest now please email

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 AIM yn Lansio Rhagor o Gymorth i Amgueddfeydd yng Nghymru

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi gwobrwyo £70,000 i Gymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd Annibynnol (AIM) i alluogi i amgueddfeydd Cymru gymryd rhan mewn rhaglen lwyddiannus AIM, Dilysnodau Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu (Hallmarks of Prospering Museums) gan gynnwys £45,000 o grantiau newydd sydd ar gael i amgueddfeydd Cymru, ac ymchwil a chynllun meincnodi Visitor Verdict AIM. Mae’r grant hefyd yn cynnwys cyllid ar gyfer prosiect ymchwil newydd ar yr effeithiau o godi tâl ar gyfer mynediad i amgueddfeydd. Bydd digwyddiad di-dâl yng Nghaerdydd ym mis Medi, yn archwilio’r ymchwil ar godi tâl mynediad a grantiau Dilysnod AIM.

Dywedodd Ken Skates, Ysgrifennydd dros yr Economi a’r Seilwaith, sydd hefyd yn gyfrifol am Ddiwylliant a Threftadaeth yng Nghymru:

“Mae amgueddfeydd lleol yn rhan hanfodol o gymunedau lliwgar a iachus ac mae’r grantiau hyn, yn ogystal â’n gwaith ehangach gyda Chymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd Annibynnol, yn adlewyrchu ein hymroddiad parhaus i sicrhau darpariaeth gynaliadwy y gwasanaethau pwysig hyn yn y dyfodol. Bydd yr ymchwil Visitor Verdict, gyda’r astudiaeth ar godi tâl mewn amgueddfeydd lleol yn helpu i wthio ymlaen gydag argymhellion yr Arolygiad Arbenigol a gomisiynwyd gennyf y llynedd.”

Mae pob amgueddfa a safle treftadaeth yng Nghymru yn awr yn gallu manteisio o ‘AIM VisitorVerdict’ – gwasanaeth ymchwil ymwelwyr ac ymarfer meincnodi AIM – diolch i lansiad o fersiwn iaith Gymraeg gyflawn a grant Llywodraeth Cymru i AIM sydd yn galluogi cyllido o £150 yr un, i hyd at ddeg amgueddfa sydd yn cymryd rhan o’r newydd yn VisitorVerdict.

Gall VistorVerdict gefnogi amgueddfeydd Cymru  drwy eu hybysu am eu cynulleidfaoedd a’u helpu i fynd i’r afael â’r diffyg data am gynulleidfaoedd amgueddfa fel yr amlygir yn ‘Arolygiad Arbenigol o Ddarpariaeth Amgueddfeydd Lleol yng Nghymru 2015’  drwy ddarparu gwybodaeth am bwy sydd yn ymweld, pam eu bod yno, beth maent yn ei wneud wrth iddynt ymweld, a faint o breswylwyr lleol, ysgolion a grwpiau sydd yn ymweld.

Mae elfen arall o’r wobr yn perthyn i astudiaeth ymchwil DU-eang sydd yn digwydd ar hyn o bryd, a arweinir gan AIM mewn partneriaeth â Chyngor Celfyddydau Lloegr a Llywodraeth Cymru, i edrych ar effaith polisi prisio (i godi tâl mynediad neu i gael mynediad di-dâl) a strategaeth brisio (sut i strwythuro prisio mynediad ac ar ba lefel i osod prisio) ar amgueddfeydd.

Comisiynwyd yr ymchwil mewn ymateb i nifer gynyddol o amgueddfeydd sydd yn ystyried newid eu polisi a strategaeth brisio, a byddai’n darparu canllawiau ar y pethau sydd angen eu hystyried wrth benderfynu ar newidiadau posib, ac yn helpu i amgueddfeydd ddeall effeithiau’r newidiadau yn well.

Mae’n canolbwyntio ar ddarparu gwybodaeth a chyngor defnyddiol i’r rheiny sydd yn llywodraethu ac yn gweithio mewn amgueddfeydd. Bydd adroddiad ar wahân sydd yn edrych yn benodol ar y sefyllfa yng Nghymru ac yn ymateb i argymhelliad yr Arolygiad Arbenigol mai Llywodraeth Cymru a ddylai arolygu’r polisi ac arfer o godi tâl mynediad i amgueddfeydd, a darparu canllawiau o hyn.

Mae Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM yn darparu cyllid i alluogi i amgueddfeydd archwilio sut y gallent ddefnyddio Dilysnodau Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu i gryfhau eu sefydliad. Mae’r Dilysnodau yn amlygu wyth o nodweddion sydd yn gyffredin i amgueddfeydd a sefydliadau treftadaeth llwyddiannus a ffyniannus: pwrpas clir a chymhellgar; arweinyddiaeth dda a diwylliant cyfundrefnol cadarnhaol; llywodraethu cryf; agwedd gadarnhaol i fenter a risg; rhwydweithiau ac ymwybyddiaeth eang y tu allan i’r sefydliad; canolbwyntio ar ymwelwyr a chynulleidfaoedd; defnyddio casgliadau ac asedau treftadaeth i gyflenwi pwrpas y sefydliad a chael dealltwriaeth glir o gyllid a materion ariannol y sefydliad.

Bydd gan amgueddfeydd Cymru ddau gyfle i ymgeisio am gyfanswm o £45,000 drwy Wobrau Dilysnod. Bydd Gwobrau ar gael mewn symiau o rwng £5,000 a £15,000, a bydd grantiau ar gyfartaledd yn £10,000. Bydd dwy rownd o gyllido gyda dyddiadau cau o 7 Hydref 2016 a 15 Mai 2017. Bydd rhagor o wybodaeth ar gael ar wefan AIM pan fod y rownd gyntaf yn agor ym mis Gorffennaf 2016.

Dywedodd Tamalie Newbery, Cyfarwyddwr Gweithredol AIM: “Mae Dilysnodau Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu yn barod wedi profi i fod yn ddefnyddiol iawn er mwyn i amgueddfeydd arolygu eu cryfderau a’u gwendidau ar lefel strategol. Rydym wrth ein bodd y byddai yn awr yn haws i amgueddfeydd Cymru ddefnyddio’r Dilysnodau a byddwn yn gallu eu cefnogi wrth ymgymryd ag arolygon strategol o’u sefydliadau neu gyflawni gweithredoedd sydd yn ganlyniad o’r arolygon hynny drwy’r grantiau Dilysnod.”

Bydd digwyddiad yng Nghaerdydd ym mis Medi yn lansio’r Dilysnodau yng Nghymru ac yn egluro rhagor am y grantiau sydd ar gael. Ar yr un diwrnod bydd AIM yn rhannu casgliadau o’i phrosiect ymchwil i effaith amgueddfeydd yn codi tâl ar gyfer mynediad.

Bydd y digwyddiad yn ddi-dâl a chewch archebu lle ym mis Gorffennaf. I gofrestru eich diddordeb yn awr, ebostiwch   os gwelwch yn dda.

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The Costume Society: Elizabeth Hammond Award 2016

Elizabeth Hammond ARCA (1926-2011) was a Founder Member of the Costume Society and a former Trustee of The Costume Society. She was an embroiderer, textile artist, teacher and collector of textiles. Significant pieces in her collection were conserved and loaned to Museums for public display.

The Costume Society has set up an award in her name following a generous bequest from her estate. The award is intended to promote the conservation and display of clothing and textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held within the permanent collections of museums within the United Kingdom, which have annual gross revenues of less than £750,000.


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This award is available to finance a wide range of textile conservation projects, from primary assessment to full conservation.  Awards can be made for any amount up to £10,000 in 2016 to one or more successful applicants. From 2017 onwards the award will continue with a lower but still significant level of funding.

The deadline for applications is: 30 May 2016

For full information and how to apply please visit:



AIM December E-News: Now Online

The AIM December E-News is now available to read online and topics in this edition include:

*  How the AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund is now open for applications and will make investments of between £5,000 and £15,000

* Applications to take part in the new AIM Museum Enablers Programme are now invited

* How to book for ‘Discover and Discuss the AIM Hallmarks’ event in Manchester on Wednesday 13 January 2016

* Apply Anytime: AIM Training Grants are now available all year round

*Funding opportunities

*AIM’s interview with Museum Hack

*Upcoming awards for museums and heritage sites

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Read the December AIM E-News HERE

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AIM October E-News Now Online

The AIM October E-News is now available to read online – please visit the AIM Website: AIM October E-News.

News articles this month include:

* AIM Launches New Guidance for Museum Archive Management

*AIM Hallmarks and Investing in Independence Programme – Updates

*Funding opportunities

*Upcoming Conferences, events and seminars

*News about Holocaust Memorial Day, Trustees Week and Arts Marketing Association

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Catch up with the latest AIM news, funding opportunities & events

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Applications open for Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust’s Paper Conservation Fund

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust has announced an increase in the percentage funding available to projects applying to their Paper Conservation Fund.

The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust’s Paper Conservation Fund aims to help accredited museums in Scotland, in particular small and medium-sized independent ones, to work with conservators to undertake projects that conserve their collections of works on paper.  Projects can be treatment, surveys, training courses and skills development workshops.

The fund awards £6,500 a year in two rounds, and aims to support up to 6 projects a year with awards available from 80 – 100% of project costs. The Trust is particularly keen to fund at least one training day annually which will be funded at full cost.

The next deadline for applications is Friday 28th November 2014. Email for Applicant Guidance and an Application Form.

SITA Trust – Enhancing Communities Programme

SITA Trust – Enhancing Communities Programme.

Enhancing Communities is the name of SITA Trust’s funding programme for community improvement projects.

They support projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures.

Not-for-profit organisations including community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities can apply.

Full information on eligibility requirements can be found in the application guide for each fund, which can be downloaded from the links on this page.

They can support projects in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by our donor, SITA UK.

Core Fund

Grants of up to £60,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations whose community leisure amenity improvement project has an overall cost of no more than £250,000. Grants are available in 100 funding zones in England, Scotland and Wales.

There are 3 funding rounds each calendar year for the Core Fund. Forthcoming dates are:

 5pm on 21st July 2014  21st November 2014
 5pm on 24th November 2014  27th March 2015
 5pm on 23rd March 2015  17th July 2015
 5pm on 27th July 2015  20th November 2015


Click here for the Core Fund Application Guide


Fast Track Fund

Our Fast Track Fund provides grants of up to £20,000, available to not-for-profit organisations with a community leisure amenity improvement project that has an overall cost of no more than £40,000.

Applicants will find out whether their application has been successful within 60 days of the application deadline date.

We can support projects in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by our donor, SITA UK.

To see if your project site is in one of our funding zones please visit our postcode checker.

There are 6 funding rounds each calendar year, forthcoming dates are as follows:


 5pm on 18th August 2014  20th October 2014
 5pm on 13th October 2014  22nd December 2014
 5pm on 15th December 2014  18th February 2015
 5pm on 16th February 2015  17th April 2015
 5pm on 13th April 2015  12th June 2015
 5pm on 15th June 2015  14th August 2015
 5pm on 17th August 2015  16th October 2015
 5pm on 19th October 2015  18th December 2015


Click here for the Fast Track Fund Application Guide

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