Funding Round Up

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund Open to UK Applications

Between 2017 and 2019 the Foundation is offering a total of £3.5 million in grants.

Grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 are available to museums and galleries in the UK to enable them to focus on time-limited work on collections outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. A large number of collections activities are eligible for funding, for example research, digitisation, loans and conservation.

The Fund focuses on time-limited work on collections outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources.

To be considered, applications must both:

  • Work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use; and
  • Through that collections work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

To be successful, applications will need to:

  • Engage local communities and/or those who are not typical museum attendees, and think about social impact.
  • Be developmental for the organisation or sector.
  • Think about the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

There are two funding rounds per year. Applications are currently being accepted for the second round.

The deadline for applications is 6 September 2017 (5pm). Click here for more information.


Chancellor Announces New National Investment Fund for Innovative Companies

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, is unveiling plans for a new National Investment Fund, designed to help innovative UK start-ups to become ‘unicorns’ – cutting-edge businesses with a value of more than US$ 1 billion.

Financing Growth in Innovative Firms is a consultation which explores how start-ups can access the finance they require for growth. It has identified a £4 billion funding gap between US and UK companies. The National Investment Fund will help to address this gap and boost business for the domestic market.

Currently, British firms also rely on funding from the European Investment Fund. A new UK-based fund would is likely to help ensure that businesses retain access to essential funding, should the UK’s relationship with the European Investment Fund cease following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The new fund could be set up as a public-private partnership or be placed fully on the government’s balance sheet to be sold-off once it has established a sufficient track record.

Speaking about the proposals, the Chancellor said:

“Britain is an innovation powerhouse and it’s vital that we make sure our cutting-edge firms have the funding they need to meet their potential and conquer new markets.

“Meeting this challenge will boost our productivity and enable us to create more well paid jobs across the UK.”

Click here for more information.


Sport England Family Fund

Earlier this year, Sport England launched a new fund aimed to offer new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together. The aim is to give families inspiration and confidence to take part together and enable quality family time. Submission of an expression of interest form closes on 17 August.


GLL Community Foundation
Launched this year, the GLL Community Foundation is looking to support future projects. Examples of projects favoured include organising a sports tournament or improving a community library to creating a new sports league or revamping a children’s playground. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Potential project creators are encouraged to contact GLL for advice or have a project they would like our help with.  Click here for more information.


Preventing hate crime
The second year of the Home Office hate crime community demonstration projects scheme has launched, and the application window is open. The aim of the scheme is to work with affected communities to fund the development of partnership projects aimed at tackling hate crime. Deadline 15 September. Click here for more information. 


Access to Employment: project call – Social Inclusion (Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin)

Call to run a project to provide social inclusion project(s) to support the hard to reach participants move toward and into employment in The Marches LEP area. Click here for more information.

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