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The London Museum Development team will use this page to share the latest news and information about our activities. We will also update this page with a PDF version of our weekly newsletter, every Monday. You can also find the latest information on our Twitter account.

ACE emergency support package UPDATED DEADLINES and news of Heritage Fund support package.

ACE EMERGENCY SUPPORT PACKAGE UPDATED

Arts Council England (ACE) has released further information about their £160 million of emergency funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio, NPOs and individuals. This includes an update to the deadline for applying to Grantium. Any organisation that may be interested in applying for this ACE funding will now need to have registered for ACE’s Grantium platform by 13 April to apply for the first round of funds, and by 27 April to apply for the second round. Further information about the signing up process for Grantium is towards the middle of this webpage. Further information about the funds can be found below and on ACE’s website.

ACE funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio
£50 million will be made available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Further information about this fund, and what ACE expects from those funded, can be found on their website. Organisations can apply for a maximum of £35,000, but must register on Grantium by 13 April to apply for the first round and by 27 April to apply for the second round. There will be two rounds of this fund and you can apply to only one of these rounds. Round one opens on 09 April and closes on 16 April 2020. Round two opens on 16 April and closes on 30 April 2020. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if ACE is unable to offer you a grant in the first round. For all of the information on this fund, please visit their website. ACE have also created some helpful FAQs about this fund.

ACE Funding for individuals
ACE are making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture. Further information about this fund can be found on their website. There will be two rounds of this fund and you can apply to only one of these rounds. Round one opens on 09 April and closes on 16 April 2020. Round two opens on 16 April and closes on 30 April 2020. You must register on Grantium by 13 April to apply for the first round and by 27 April to apply for the second round. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if ACE are unable to offer you a grant in the first round. ACE has created a useful FAQ around the funding criteria for this grant.

Information on ACE Grantium platform
If you think you are eligible and may wish to apply for any of these grants, it is essential that your museum is set up with a user account and an applicant profile on Grantium, ACE's online applications system by 13 April for the first round and by 27 April for the second round. If you have applied for Accreditation since early 2019 or your organisation has applied for ACE grants, then you may already have a log-on which you can use. Any queries regarding this process can be directed to ACE's customer services team on: [email protected]

Top tips:

  • Work your way through the booklet here: 'Getting started on Grantium'
  • Use this link here to complete the forms needed for a log-on
  • You will need your Constitution or founding charter uploaded as a pdf, jpg or other standard format, smaller than 10Mb and also your bank account name.
  • Once you have a user profile then you can create an applicant profile and link to it. Also you can have other users such as a Chair of trustees linked to application.
  • There will be a period of a number of working days once you have applied for the log-on to receiving it, so act now!
NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND RELEASES INFORMATION ON HERITAGE EMERGENCY FUND

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund will address immediate pressures over the next three to six months for those organisations most in need. It will be open for applications within the next few days and you can find all of the information below and on their website.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The £50m fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature. Organisations which have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply. Priority will be given where:

  • There is limited or no access to other sources of support
  • Where heritage is most at risk
  • Where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19

Extra Support

The NLHF understands that the majority of heritage organisations are facing temporary closure, severe impact on their revenue and staff shortages. Many face threats to their long-term futures. A small percentage fear they will not be able to last into the summer. This is why they are taking a short, medium and long-term approach to their support for your immediate challenges and longer-term resilience and recovery. As well as the Heritage Emergency Fund, they will also support the sector in other ways. You can find further information about this extra support on their website.

Pausing New Grants

In order to address the crisis, the NLHF has taken the decision to halt all new grant applications with immediate effect. The Heritage Emergency Fund will consist of money diverted from new grants.

Next steps

These are just the first steps in the NLHF’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. More details will be released over time and will be announced on their website.

E-Update for London Museums

Information about emergency funding and other support packages is contained in our weekly newsletter available to download below. We publish this newsletter every Monday afternoon.

E-news: 30 March 2020 (PDF 226kb, opens in new tab).

Covid-19 resources and information

We have created a PDF document which useful links and resources about collections care, security and other issues such as business continuity, audiences and digital. We will update as the PDF as regularly as possible.

Covid-19 Resources and Information (PDF 214kb, opens in new tab).