Information and advice for museums
Latest advice from Arts Council England
Latest advice from AIM: Association of Independent Museums
Latest advice from NLHF: National Lottery Heritage Fund
Latest advice from Local Government Association
Latest advice from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
SEMDP Recovery Grant
In partnership with Art Fund
The total budget of up to £75,000 will be split between two rounds with the first deadline being 4 August and the second 15 September. We encourage applicants to carefully consider the value of their request so we support as many museums as possible.
- Individual applications of up to £7,500 per museum organisation
- Cash match funding is not required
ACE Project Grants
National Lottery (ACE) Project Grants reopening
- Reopening 22 July
- £59.8 million available until April 2021.
- MDOs – encourage museums to register for Grantium account NOW to prevent delays.
Culture Recovery Funds (Grants and Loans)
Non-accredited museums can apply to NLHF for emergency funds (not ACE).
Accredited/WTA museums can apply to ACE for emergency funds (not NLHF).
Round 1: opens 10 Aug (12pm) – closes 21 August (12pm)
Round 2: opens 21 Aug (4pm) – closes 4 Sept (12pm)
75% of funds will be allocated in Round 1.
- Ind, LA, Uni museums can all apply
- Museums should highlight collections of national importance in application
- Museums can apply, even if they received emergency funding already, like furlough support, etc, BUT they just can’t double fund for the same things.
- 1 full year of audited or independently certified accounts required.
- Can cover costs up to March 2021 (not past that)
- No match funding required
- Cannot fund financials shortcomings pre-Covid19 lockdown
- Can be used to reimburse lost income from March 2020.
CULTURE RECOVERY FUND – REPAYABLE FINANCE (I.E. LOANS)
Museums can apply for either CRF grant or loan (not both).
Loans – requests over £3million.
Details to follow.
NLHF Emergency Funds
– Grants between £50,000 – £250,000 will be available to organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant.
– How to apply? HLHF Guidance Notes
– NEW Deadline: from 31 July 2020 – Speak to NLHF’s local team for London & South
– NOTE: Museums with 6 months reserves and/or HLF projects older than 10 year should talk to NLHF rep for advice about applying. Don’t rule them out before they have a chat.
– Grants between £3,000-50,000 will be available to organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. – How to apply? HLHF Guidance Notes – Latest information about NLHF’s Coronavirus support initiatives.
– NEW Deadline: 31 July 2020
– Important: Museums cannot receive Emergency Response Funding from both ACE and NLHF.
– NOTE: Museums with 6 months reserves and/or HLF projects older than 10year should talk to NLHF rep for advice about applying. Don’t rule them out before they have a chat.
£10000 to £50000
– Respond: practical support to fund what you need now (i.e costs associated with reopening).
– Reimagine: get creative with ideas that might help you adapt to the future
– Museums (including non-accredited), galleries, historic houses, libraries, archives
· Round 1: Apply by Monday 6 July 2020, and we’ll aim to get you a decision by 31 July 2020 (CLOSED)
· Round 2: Apply by Monday 17 August 2020, and we’ll aim to get you a decision by 21 September 2020
· Round 3: Apply by Monday 12 October 2020, and we’ll aim to get you a decision by 9 November 2020
Historic England’s Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk
What are the grants under this scheme for?
HE give grants towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. This includes project development actions which enable repair or improved future management.
When to apply
You can apply for a grant at any time during the year.
South Downs National Park Grants and Funds
COVID-19 Recovery Fund
A COVID-19 Recovery Fund of £375,000 has been approved by the South Downs National Park Authority to help support local communities and step up the National Park’s role as a ‘natural health service’.
AIM: Association of Independent Museums
Latest advice from AIM: Association of Independent Museums
Independent museums are advised to contact AIM to make them aware of any specific issues.– firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coronavirus Covid-19 NMDC Good Practice Guidelines on the Reopening of Museums after July 4, 2020 has been developed by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) Planning and Remobilisation Group with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and contributions from across the museum sector, including AIM. It is intended for use by museums in England.
Alongside this, a checklist has been produced by AIM and the Museum Development Network (MDN) to be used in conjunction with the Guidelines and to help museums take a strategic, well informed approach to making decisions on reopening and implementing a safe and effective plan in conjunction with the national guidance for museums.
Check out AIM’s Coronavirus Support Resources for a summary of government support schemes that are available to independent museums.
- Coronavirus Job retention scheme
- Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses (includes museums)
- Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
- Cashflow support through the tax system – including deferred VAT payments
- Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Self-employed support measures
AIM’s HR consultants, TheHRDept, have provided advice and resources to help museum managers navigate the Coronavirus crisis.
- a template letter for staff furlough agreements
- guidance for individuals including: Personal Finances Information for Employees, Welfare Benefits, Mortgage Payments, Rent Payments, Water Bills, Phone Bills, Broadband Bills, Gas and Electricity, and Memberships.
Charity Finance Group (CFG) have put together a practical guide for charity finance professionals covering business continuity planning, cashflow management and insurance.
AIM’s Business Resilience Checklist helps independent museums consider their current situation and plan for challenging times.