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MDO Annual Grant round launches

Arts Council England West Midlands Museum Development Small Grant round launches. Today, Monday March 3rd, sees the launch of the annual small grants round for Accredited (or Working Towards Accreditation) museums in the West Midlands. Grants can range from £200 to £2,000 and are designed to support museums planned development and operational needs.. “This funding […]

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HLF Anniversaries fund opens

The HLF have announced a new fund totalling at least £10m over the next four years to fund projects exploring the heritage of some of the UK’s most important anniversaries. see more on the website here Heritage Lottery Anniversaries The money will be invested to ensure that those moments which form a central part of […]

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Collecting Cultures (funding)

New round of this HLF fund opens. Closing date 2 May After the previous success in 2008, the Collections Cultures initiative has reopened and for this round. Accredited museums,archives and libraries are all eligible to apply.    Collecting Cultures aims to support archives, accredited museums and libraries to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects. Projects must include […]

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Warwickshire arts development and funding

Involved with arts and community in warwickshire? Are you signed up to their regular bulletin?. A great place for local funding news and spotting artist commission opportunities … why not sign up to their regula newsletters … see here Arts Development Newsletter – sign up ,  Here is a copy of their sub-regional funding bulletin… useful for […]

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Wolfson/DCMS funding for 4 museums

Warwickshire’s Compton Verney and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are among 4 West Mids museums gaining funding from the DCMS/Wolfson fund Compton Verney’s award goes towards  the redisplay of their Chinese collection, which has been designated as a collection of national importance and is one of the largest collections of Chinese bronzes in Europe. the award to […]

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Crowdfunding: 2Examples

Crowdfunding has been working in social and entrepreneurial contexts… does it work  for museums? Here is an article from the Museums&Heritage Advisor website The arts community is currently one of the hottest areas of crowdfunding activity. Advisor spoke to two different institutions to see how they have used crowdfunding. One is funding a permanent gallery, […]

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Treasure Plus funding deadline

Treasure Plus, funding programme aims to deepen public engagement with Treasure and other archaeological material The Art Fund is excited to announce a second round of the funding programme, Treasure Plus, supported by The Headley Trust.  This programme hopes to deepen public engagement with archaeological material by funding interpretation and display projects in museums and galleries across […]

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Building fruitful partnerships between academics and cutural peeps

There’s ideas, researchers, support and  even some funding …Warwick Creative Exchange Partnership-Building Seminar and Workshop, Helen Martin Studio in Warwick Arts Centre, Wednesday 5th February, 1.30 – 5.30pm Who is it for? ·RESEARCHERS: how could artists and arts organisations help you to conduct and present your search, adding new perspectives, methods, insights and connections? ARTS PRACTITIONERS AND PRODUCERS: […]

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Artists-museums -more opps and funding

New Expressions 3 (NE3), a collaboration between contemporary visual artists, museums and historic places. an interesting source of funding and support – please take advantage NE3 explores, pioneers and shares ways in which museums and contemporary visual artists can collaborate to invigorate collections, historic places and creative practice through high quality, participative projects and compelling visitor experiences. […]

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HLF Collecting Cultures Meeting

11am – 2pm, 6th Feb 2014,The Participation Space, Derby QUAD This FREE meeting is open to all. It will introduce the Collecting Cultures initiative and provide further information on applying. The meeting will be followed by lunch, giving an informal chance to discuss your ideas with colleagues. Refreshments will be served at 10.30 for an 11am start. […]

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Art Fund Curatorial Grants: deadline 15 Jan

The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants 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. From the website the  deadline 15 jan! What we will support Applications from individual UK curators, scholars and […]

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In it to Win it?

Enter the Museums + Heritage Awards 2014 We’re delighted to announce that the Museums + Heritage Awards 2014 are now open for entry! View the entry information and form here.  We’re told that these are the awards that museums really want to win. They generate very public recognition for the winners and shortlistees and have been […]

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Capability at Compton Verney

Compton Verney secures Heritage Lottery Fund support. Good news always worth sharing It was announced today that the award-winning national art museum Compton Verney has received initial support* for a £2.5 million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Compton Verney Landscape Restoration Project. The project aims to preserve, restore and celebrate an […]

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£5 million to spend inNew Collecting Cultures

The Heritage Lottery Fund is investing £5 million in collection development with another Collecting Cultures initiative. Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 will be available for developing collections over time through targeted purchases with an emphasis on enhancing knowledge, curatorial skills and public engagement.  At least 50% of the grant must be spent on purchases.  One innovation […]

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Tourism, heritage and a sense of place

Two regional events recently have both featured discussions around the value of heritage to the tourist market … and the tourism to heritage. Bernard Donaghue, CEO of ALVA (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) spoke very entertainingly at the recent West Midlands Museums Policy Forum AGM about the latest tourism trends …Although many overseas visitors do […]

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Museums at Night: 2 weeks..and some resources

Even if you are not participating in the great Connect10- bag an artist-  campaign you cans still take advantage of the seductive brand that is Museums at Night to do something different with our audiences next May. After a recent briefing in Birmingham Culture 24’s Rosie Clarke has supplied links to these great resources Museums […]

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ArtsCouncil launches 3rd round of Strategic Support Funding

The third round of the Strategic support fund opens on 3 October 2013, for activity that takes place between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2014. In this round, ACE are anticipating ambitious projects that build on innovation, resilience and sustainability in the museums sector. – See more at: The Renaissance strategic support fund […]

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Finding the Funds: MidFed event

Another excellent Midlands Federation event Wednesday 16th October, 10am – 3pm Gladstone Pottery Museum, Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST3 1PQ In times of increasing austerity and fewer resources available through traditional routes, how are museums and galleries finding the money to provide the amazing services the continue to offer to the public?  The event will be held […]

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funding – children and young people and culcha

Arts Connect co funding- deadline  16th October Arts Connect are seeking to co-invest in programmes of new activity which increase children and young people’s opportunities to take part in high-quality arts and cultural activities across the West Midlands. Through our investment and support, we aim to help you to: •       secure new […]

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Culture+Children/ YoungPeople- Arts Connect Funding

More news from Arts Connect … partnership funding and a briefing about it … 20th September…find out more here   Arts Connect West Midlands are happy to invite you and your partners to submit proposals to our Partnership Investment programme, 2013-2014. We are seeking to co-invest in programmes of new activity which increase children and […]

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Warwick District Council Arts Development Grants

Grants are available to Arts and Heritage Organisations within Warwick District for any amount up to £2,500. Next deadline 2nd September Funding will be considered for: · Original, high quality imaginative projects which take place within Warwick District. · Projects that clearly demonstrate development and increased access to arts/heritage. Priority will be given to projects which: […]

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Industrial Heritage – sustaining an interest

The Industrial Heritage Support project has been in existence for about a year now and Ian Bapty, a kind of national Industrial Heritage MDO, has been zipping around the country  providing advice and support to individual projects and umbrella organisations. His excellent new  blog is for everyone involved in the care and public presentation of England’s […]

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WAVE to the Happy Museum

Congratulations to all the successful applicants for the latest round of Happy Museum project funding – especially our own regions WAVE: The Museums, Galleries and Archives of Wolverhampton, Craftplay: Discovering the World through Creativity in the Early Years. Here too is a connection to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, ‘Sounds in the Garden’ ,an earlier  Happy Museums project, see more […]

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Local grants: Stratford and Henley

Many of you have already had good experiences of The Heart of England Community Foundation , who have a number of funding programmes for community and voluntary groups wanting to make a difference to their communities through project delivery. Recently a new opportunity has come along with a specific geographical area of Stratford district and Henley. Grants […]

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Funding: HLF and Arts Connect updates

Heritage Lottery Fund Regular workshops Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the West Midlands run free monthly funding support workshops in Birmingham to help you to apply to HLF for funding. You don’t need a definite project idea to attend -just go along to find out more. Workshops are held in the Birmingham office on: The first Thursday of […]

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