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Sources of funding from AIM

AIM has published revised guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Sustainability Grants programme, which has been funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation since 2006.

In addition to the grants programme, they now have funding for micro-consultancies.

Sustainability Grants
The annual budget for this grant, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, is now £75,000 per annum (a rise of 25%).  There are 2 application rounds per year. The next deadline is 15 January 2015.

New eligibility criteria for this year:

  • Museums fewer than 50,000 visitors OR a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum are eligible.
  • Small museums which are part of a larger museum, may apply if both they and the parent museum are AIM members.

Details of the changes to the scheme are on the AIM Blog.
The new application form and guidance notes are on the AIM website.

Micro-consultancies are new and are intended to support smaller museums to make better quality applications to the Fund and to support the 'thinking' and 'planning' which leads to that.  They might be used either for:

  • an initial consultancy to identify a viable, useful project to support the museum's sustainability, and which might result in a better structured application to the Fund, or
  • if the idea is there already, the consultancy might be used to help develop the project and complete a good quality application.

There is no formal application route or deadline for the micro-consultancies. 

Museums working through their MDO are invited to approach AIM's Exec Director (Tamalie Newbery) with an idea of what is needed, and which consultant they want to work with. Museums can approach the grant committee directly, but AIM assumes it is more likely to be via an MDO.
Each Micro-consultancy is worth up to £1,500 and there are 10 per year (7 remaining on 2014-15).