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  1. Funding Factsheet
  2. Keeping your collections safe


National Lottery Heritage Fund updates:

Yesterday National Lottery Heritage Fund announced detailed application guidance.
Key dates:
Wednesday 15 April – application available 
30 June 2020 – application deadline
Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000
The funding will cover “the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks […..] and cover unavoidable costs you will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months. You should only apply to us for essential costs.”
Eligibility criteria (you must meet all three):
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from them
  • an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity
Applications for this fund will not be accepted from the following (even if you have previously received funding from NLHF):
  • statutory organisations, for example, local authorities
  • organisations that have previously only received funding from NLHF for activity-based projects under £10,000
  • organisations mainly funded by UK and devolved Governments
  • organisations that have already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor (including Arts Council).
  • private owners of heritage
It is important for you to set out your case for investment based on evidence of your financial need. See our funding factsheet (featured below) here and get in touch with us if you would like support [email protected].

Arts Council England’s Emergency Funding (update 9th April)

£50 million available, up to £35,000 per application

Round 1 has opened today for applications and will close on Thursday 16th April.
Round 2 will open Thursday 16th and will close on Thursday 30th April.
Final date for applying to Grantium (you need to create a user account and your application profile as an organisation) is next Monday 13th April

Start your application with this offline template (for non-NPO organisations)

Read the full guidance and use the template to support you to develop your proposal prior to entering into Grantium (note: this is a working document – Arts Council will only accept applications via Grantium Portal).  

One criteria for eligibility is that “Organisations must have a track record (within the last three years) of publicly funded work in arts and culture”.
This includes grants from us at South West Museum Development.
The central team have been busy this week (thanks Rowan and Abi!) to create a
master list of all the museums in the South West who have received funding from us in the last 3 years.

We can support you to put together an application – our Thematic Officers (Audiences, Collections Care, Digital Engagement, Volunteering, Business and Governance) and local Museum Development Officers –  can talk through your ideas and help you form your case for support. It is important that your application sets out your financial need and has considered the other funding measure available to your organisation. See our just released funding factsheet (featured below) and get in touch at [email protected]