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Funding Support for Groups and Networks
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is inviting a new round of applications to support groups or networks across England to help arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting/s.
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
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.
Grants Of Up To £12,000 Now Available From The AIM Hallmarks Awards
AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards.
Places of Science
The Places of Science scheme is providing grants of up to £3,000 to small museums.
International Travel Grant Scheme 2018 from ICOM UK and Heritage Without Borders
The scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international museum colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience. Deadline Monday 5 February 2018.
New Interreg France Channel England Micro Project call opening in 3 months: €150 million still available!
Are you a local authority, SME, charity or other small organisation looking for funding? Partner up across the Channel to access this great funding opportunity.
The Winchester City Council Cultural Innovation grant scheme is open for applications
The scheme is available for festivals, cultural events and art activities taking place in the Winchester District. Emphasis should be on creating new events or for bringing exciting and innovative content to existing projects.
Arts Award Access Fund
Grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Deadline 20 October 2017.
Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund first round deadline 14 September 2017.
A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections.
Postcode Community Trust Deadline: 28 August, for stage 1 expressions of interest
Communities are at the heart of Postcode Community Trust. PCT aims to fund projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity.
Better Community Business Network grant initiative Term 3 deadline: August 21st 2017
Launched in September 2014, BCBN’s Grant Initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower charities and local community projects.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Award Scheme
We want to fund clearly defined projects which can demonstrate that they will help to build communities where people thrive and feel they belong.
Creative United announce that Prosper, a new, ACE funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries is now open for applications!
An opportunity for around 70 organisations to receive business advice, workshops, and masterclasses
Investment opportunity for Museums and Heritage organisations to develop, deliver and embed Arts Award
Artswork, the South East Bridge, is seeking responses from Museum and Heritage organisations to bid for up to £2500
Free elearning course: 'What is an EU project?'
Now's the time to make the most of the European funding opportunities still available. Find out how, with this free online learning module.
Cultural Protection Fund re-opens for applications up to £2m
Projects with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries in the Middle East and North Africa region for projects focussing on the protection of cultural heritage at risk due to conflict.
Apply for the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.
Venues sought for Euclid Seminar: Brexit and EU funding
Euclid is running an ongoing series of events combining an update of the background and likely options for Brexit,
AIM Hallmarks Awards Round Two in England And Wales - Now Open
AIM has opened applications for Round Two of the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Grants will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000
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
Update from Creative Europe Desk UK on the outcome of the EU referendum
No immediate material changes to the current arrangements for those who have successfully applied, are currently being assessed, or are planning to apply for Creative Europe funding in 2016 and 2017.
The Community Business Peer Network Programme
Are you an existing peer network that wants to help community businesses connect? The Power to Change Peer Network Programme is offering grants of up to £75,000.
£10 million Community Business Fund re-opens for applications
Open until 31 August awarding grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing community businesses implement projects to make them more sustainable.
Grants update from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
New fund offers grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area to enable individuals with complex barriers to move closer or into employment - plus other funds open
The HLF Skills for the Future grant programme is back!
Skills for the Future is a grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements in the heritage sector.
ACE announce further funding to help South East museums
Major loans to smaller museums across the South East could be set for a boost with the opening of round two of our Ready to Borrow scheme.
Grants for School Trips
The Eridge Trust is offering grants of up to £3,000 for educational visits to museums & galleries - apply by 31st May 2016
The Elridge Trust offers grants to museums and galleries for school trips
The Trust makes a limited number of grants to museums and galleries for projects aimed at encouraging young people up to university age to enjoy and appreciate art. These grants may be up to some £5,000 a year for several years running.
Kent Community Foundation - Elderly & Vulnerable Adults Themed Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 in exceptional circumstances) are available for local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly and other vulnerable adults, supporting people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, co
Deadline for Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund is fast approaching... (23rd March!)
Grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available to museums, galleries and heritage or-ganisations for projects that include research into collections, conservation, collections review and initiatives to develop the use of collections.
Big Lottery Grants - 'Reaching Communities'
Grants are available for projects which encourage voluntary and community organisations to identify their own local ideas for funding. It will support projects that improve the quality of life in communities across England, offering help where it is most
ACE re-opens the Museum Resilience Fund
On 14 January 2016, Arts Council England (ACE) have re-opened its popular Museum Resilience Fund (MRF) scheme. The funding is designed to help museums face challenging times by increasing their resilience and sustainability.
Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world; since its inception in 2012 the scheme has ben
Arts Council's Museum Resilience Fund now open
The Museum resilience fund addresses the priorities set out in our mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of our mission: supporting a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustain
Has your museum got what it takes to win the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016?
The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year celebrates museums and galleries across the UK – annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000. The Prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what ma
Kent County Council - Combined Members Grants
In 2015/16, each Kent County Council Member has £25,000 to allocate for community grants. These grants can support a lot of different activities.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-based Learning Fund
Grants are available for charities, community or-ganisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts and working in part-nership with educational institutions.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Access and Participation Fund
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Applications will be considered for projects that challenge ine-quality of opportunity in access to and participation in t
Postcode Community Trust Grants available for applications in January 2016
Grants from £500 to £20,000 are available to grassroots organisations, registered charities and to non-profit community businesses in England for projects that help to regenerate communities.
AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund - now open for applications!
The AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund is now open for applications. The closing date for the first round is 5 February 2016. The fund is open to AIM member, Accredited (or working towards Accreditation) museums in England and will make investments of between
Heritage Lottery Fund - An Update and Overview
Sir Peter Luff, the new chair of the HLF, announced a number of new initiatives at the Museum Association Conference earlier this month indicating the objectives for this crucial source of funding for museums nationwide.
AIM invites feedback on grant schemes
Asking members from across the UK to complete their grant schemes survey to better understand future funding needs for independent museums
NatSCA's Bill Pettit Memorial Award is open
NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £1,500 of grant money will be made available to NatSCA members every year to support projects including the conservation, access, and use of natural scienc
Association of Independent Museums: conservation grants
Only a few days left to submit your AIM conservation grant application. Closing date is Wednesday 30th September.
Paul Hamlyn Arts-based Learning Fund
The purpose of the Fund We want to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education, through arts organisations working with schools, further...
WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme
The Working Internationally Regional Project is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.
The Museums Association launches its Cuts Survey 2015
The Museums Association (MA) has launched the Cuts Survey 2015, its fifth annual evaluation of the health of museums across the UK.
Heritage Lottery Fund launch new forum for ideas exchange
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new general online forum which will act as a mechanism for asking questions, exchanging ideas, discussing common issues, sharing learning and celebrating successes.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants available for arts projects
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts and who are active in the arts and working in partnership with educational institutions.
Swale Council's WW1 Centenary Project Grant Scheme 2015-16
Swale Borough Council continues to support local community organisations, Parish and Town Council’s across the area deliver WW1 commemorative activities and projects. So far eight applications have been received in this financial year and six gra
HeadStart Kent, 'Pay if Forward' grant opportunity
Kent County Council has been piloting a project over the last year called HeadStart which has been funded by the Big Lottery. The project is designed to help equip young people to deal better with difficult circumstances in their lives and build resilienc
Heritage Lottery Fund - Major Grants The First 100 key findings
In HLF's latest research study, they focused on the impact of their largest grants – those of £5million or more. One hundred and seventy-three of these ‘Major Grants’ have now been made, and the first 100 of them are complete. Many
HLF 'First World War: Then And Now' funding strand
The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.
The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme offer support for groups and networks
The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme wants to encourage and support networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector....
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is open for applications
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Applications are now being invited.
John Ellerman Foundation Regional Museums and Galleries Fund
The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. The John Ellerman Foundation want to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.
Arts Council England's Large Capital Grants fund is open to applicants
Art Council's Capital investment programme supports organisations to develop resilience by giving them the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.
Arts Council launch the Ambition for Excellence fund
Ambition for excellence is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing a
PRISM Annual Report now out
Arts Council England have published their latest annual report on the PRISM fund Annual Report 2013-14.
Arts Council England announce four new funding opportunities
The announcement coincided with the first major speech of the new Chief Executive as called on Government to back culture and promised a funding shift outside London.
Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants from the Art Fund now available
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.
Apply to the RAISE Challenge Fund
The RAISE team is excited to be evolving the way it provides support to voluntary and community sector organisations across the South East. We are making a step change in our own approach to delivering support to help you to make a difference to people.
Kent County Council Combined Members Grants now available
Every year, Kent County Council (KCC) help community projects across Kent by using the Combined Members Grant to fund them.
The People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme Open to Applications in the South of England
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for organisations South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for Young Roots
The Heritage Lottery Fund is enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And...
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for First World War Then and Now
Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.
Opportunity for museums to work with French partners
French organisations from Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, which would like to set up a cross border project within the Interreg France (Channel)-England programme.
Find out what Lottery Grants have been awarded in your area
Find out about what organisations in your area have received Lottery grants and what the money was spent on with an online tool from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Winning applicants receive £17.5m from Arts Council England
Arts Council England has announced the successful applicants in the first round of its Museum Resilience funding. It has awarded £17.5m to 108 organisations from across England, with the...
Grants for conservation of manuscripts
Deadline: 1st April 2015 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...
Good news for South East museums receiving Arts Council Resilience Funding
Today, Arts Council England announced the 108 organisations who were successful in applying to the first round of the Resilience Fund. These organisations are set to receive a total of over £17.5 million of investment between them.
Event Expenses Fund: £50 - £200 for your group to support Voluntary Arts Week events in Kent
Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK and RoI. It is run by Voluntary Arts who provide local, regional and national press and media support and social media campaigns featuring events listed as part of the week.
Last chance to book! FREE Heritage Lottery Fund one to one advice sessions
Free one to one advice sessions for potential applicants in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport at Portsmouth Guildhall. So if you have a project idea – get in touch!
‘AA2A Plus’ (Artists Access to Art Colleges) - pilot scheme
Expressions of interest from museums, galleries, arts centres etc. interested in hosting AA2A Plus placements from Oct 2015 - April 2016 are currently being collected.
Creative Employment Programme extended to 2016
Cultural organisations in England have been given an extra 12 months to apply to the Creative Employment Programme and secure funding to subsidise new apprentice and internship positions within the sector.
Opportunity for Kent museums to work with Belgium partners
Kent County Council, with their Belgium parnters, the West Flanders Regional Government, are looking to submit an application for European funding to develop a Great War project that brings schools and museums together through the use of digital technolog
Exploring 'Gateways to the First World War'
On Friday 16th January, over 50 of us gathered at the University of Kent to hear from the 'Gateways' team. We heard from Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, who introduced the...
Arts Council announces two strategic programmes
The Arts Council has announced two major strategic programmes: Research Grants Programme to provide opportunities for the arts sector to engage in collaborative research and International Showcasing and Re:Imagine India promoting the best of English art.
Arts Council England - Strategic Touring Fund: key dates
The Strategic touring programme has six funding rounds for applications per year. You can submit your application at any time during the year and you will be informed by email of the date on which...
Collaborate SE - skills development funding available
Further funding of amounts up to £200 is now available. The deadline for applications is 5 December 2014. Freelancers are able to apply for the funding opportunity if they can demonstrate...
Time is running out to apply for a Hampshire Solent Museum Development Training Bursary
There’s a wealth of relevant, high quality development opportunities out there for museum staff, trustees and volunteers. Just take a look at the training calendar section for a taster,...
Collecting Cultures: success for two museums in the South East!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £5 m funding package to a range of museums, libraries and archives across the UK. Through HLF’s Collecting Cultures programme, 23...
Search is on for new generation of star curators!
The Art Fund has launched the New Collecting Awards, a new funding programme that will enable the next generation of curators to apply for up to £300,000 of acquisition funding. The scheme will...
Heritage Grants launched by Swale Borough Council
Swale Borough Council has launched a new Heritage Grant Fund to support community projects aimed at celebrating Swale's rich past. A sum of £10,000 has been set aside to support...
New funding round for Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, administered by the Museums Association (MA), has announced its ninth round of funding, with grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 available...
South East Museum Development Programme receive ACE grant
It was announced today (Thursday 25th September 2014) that the South East Museum Development Programme, led by the Royal Pavilion & Museums, has been awarded one of 9 museum development grants...
ACE's Museum Resilience Fund, 2015-18 has been launched
The new Museum Resilience Fund addresses the priorities set out in their mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of the mission: supporting a step...
Isle of Wight museums: grab your share of £80,000 grant funding
Isle of Wight voluntary and community groups are being reminded that time is running out for applications for a share of £80,000 under a new grant scheme launched in July by the Isle of Wight...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
The next deadline to apply for a Small Experiment or Community Catalyst grant is Monday, September 15th at 12 noon. What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with...
Grants for conservation of manuscripts – deadline 1st October 2015
The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives.
Funding for Academic Collaborations with Museums & Galleries
Organised through the Association of Art Historians, the Museums and Exhibitions Group administers two bursary schemes each offering an award twice a year. Collaboration Award: The Collaboration...
No Strings Attached - a grant scheme for young theatre-makers
No Strings Attached is a grant scheme delivered by Farnham Maltings to help young people make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1000 are available to young people...
Arts Council England Investment Announcement 2015-18
Today Arts Council England announced details of their investment plans for the next three years. This includes new National portfolio of arts organisations and museums. Two Major Partner Museums...
Heritage Lottery Fund investment to transform MERL
The Museum of English Rural Life has received a confirmed award of £1,798,200 for the Our Country Lives project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can read the official announcement from the...
British Council offers India travel grants
The British Council, through its Connections through Culture programme in India, is offering travel grants for non-national museums to travel to India. The aim of the scheme is to enable UK...
SPECTRUM Housing Group community fund
SPECTRUM Housing Group is inviting community organisations that benefit neighbourhoods across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to apply for a share of a £75,000 fund. Charities, not-for-profit...
John Ellerman Foundation - Regional Museums and Galleries Fund (UK) - Open to Applications
Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. The Foundation is...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with innovative methods of planning and shaping projects and involving local people in activities. You could put on a...
Funding opportunities for museums serving the South Downs National Park
Community Infrastructure Levy available from summer 2015 to support cultural heritage projects
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme - Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Funding to address economic and social deprivation.
The South East Museum Development Programme bid to ACE has been submitted
The South East Museum Development Team is pleased to say that the regional bid to the Arts Council England for funding covering the 2015-18 period, has now been submitted. Thank you to everyone who...
Dover Museums & Arts Group 'Grants for the Arts' project application success
Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) and Dover Arts Development (DAD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England and Kent County Council for a new project....
South East Hampshire HLF Priority Development Area
HLF actively encourage applications from the South East Hampshire area, including the local authorities of Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth - or 'Young Roots' applications from anywhere