Funding News – AIM Biffa Award
The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme
AIM – the Association of Independent Museums has announced the opening of Year 2 Applications.
AIM entered into a three year funding partnership with Biffa Award which will provide a £1.5m investment into independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK.
The National Heritage Landmark Partnership Scheme will develop a high profile national project by creating a network of facilities whose history has been in some way involved in far reaching change, instrumental in creating the nation as it is today. This investment will help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources, enabling the public to better understand the powerful tide of change brought about by out collective industrial past through the creation of a network of strategic projects that tell the stories of people, processes industrial development and change.
The Scheme will focus on specific projects that relate to key industries including mining, textile manufacture, ship building, metal processing, chemical industries, defence, farming and technologies such as power generation and communication.
Applications are welcomed from independent museums and industrial sites to become part of this exciting new initiative.
Museums and industrial sites are invited to submit bids for the second funding round, the closing date is Friday 23 August 2013. Up to five projects will be selected for partnership funding in each annual round.
- Create a national network of Landmark projects created on sites that have international, national or regional impact.
- Enable a better understanding and appreciation of how industrial heritage collections and buildings were used and what they did by improved physical and intellectual access to sites and buildings.
- Provide an enhanced level of educational activity on partner sites.
- Develop stronger links with local communities through engaging new volunteers and wider audiences from the locality.
- Develop partnership working with other National Heritage Landmark projects or other industrial sites.
Applicants will also need to provide evidence that they:
- Are an internationally, nationally or regionally important site or building that evidences technological innovation.
- Have the capacity to work collaboratively with other sites in the National Heritage Landmarks Project.
- Are within 25 miles of an active Biffa operation and within 10 miles of any landfill site.
- Will obtain any necessary consents required for funded works, including full planning permission and Scheduled Ancient Monument consent where applicable.
- Can provide evidence that they are owners of the buildings/collections involved and have adequate insurance. We can consider support for projects where minimum of 25 years tenure for the land or buildings has been agreed. In these cases it may be necessary for the landlord to be contracted in as a party to the agreement.
- Have an Environmental Statement and an access policy in place and have undertaken consultation with the local community on the proposal.
- Have the ability to complete the project within 12 months of allocation of an award.
- Are an independently constituted organisation with charitable status. privately owned sites are not eligible.
Am I eligible to apply?
All applicants will need to be members of AIM at the point of application.
The closing date for round two (2013/14) is the Friday 23 August 2013. Successful projects will be notified by Monday 30 September 2013.
If you are not ready to submit an application at this stage, AIM welcome expressions of interest for round three (2014/15).
Questions or Queries?
If you would like to find out more, please contact Sam Hunt, AIM Executive Director by emailing email@example.com or calling 01460 75222.
Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded here (Scroll down to the bottom of the page).