A whole page dedicated to alternative fundraising, funding sources and organisations.
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Anna Plowden Trust
The Anna Plowden Trust (Registered charity no. 1072236) was set up in 1998 and began its work in 1999. Since then it has distributed over £400,000 in grants in support of conservation training, CPD and the conservation sector.
Association of Independent Museums
AIM operates three easily-accessible grant schemes to help members with sustainability, conservation and training; AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, AIM Conservation Grant Scheme and AIM Bob Harding Training Grants fund.
Awards for All
A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK.
Big Lottery Fund
Awards lottery money to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.
Daphne Bullard Trust
Grants of between £300-£1,000 are available for projects aimed at the conservation or display of dress or textiles where there is a long-term material benefit to a collection or project.
Derbyshire Community Foundation
A vehicle for local organisations wishing to support the Derbyshire community.
East Midlands Airport Community Fund
Up to a maximum of £2,000, is available to community groups for projects having a long lasting community and/or environmental benefit in the areas most affected by the airport’s operations. Priority is given to applications that demonstrate bringing the community closer together.
Esmee Fairbairn Collections Trust
Focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Organisations can apply for sums between £20,000 and £100,000.
The Foyle Foundation
Offers two grant schemes, the main grants scheme supports ‘Arts and Learning’, which offers grants of between £10,000 and 100,000. The second is a small grants scheme for charities with a turnover of less than £100,000 pa. Grants awarded are usually between £1,000 and £10,000.
Giving to Heritage
Giving to Heritage is The Heritage Alliance’s exciting new training partnership with the Institute of Fundraising for fundraisers in the heritage sector. It represents a major step change in fundraising, to secure a productive future for many of our heritage assets.
The UK’s leading grants and policy database and includes details in excess of 8,000 funding opportunities.
Supports charitable organisations through the provision of small grants of up to £2,000.
The Heritage Funding Dictionary
Managed by The Heritage Alliance, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy to use online guide to potential sources of support, financial and otherwise, for anyone seeking to undertake projects related to the heritage of the United Kingdom.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Distributes a share of the income from the National Lottery to projects aimed at preserving and making accessible the nation’s heritage.
The Institute of Fundraising
The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Our mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards-setting and education, and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice.
The ‘It’s Your Community’ Awards Scheme
Led by the ‘Conservation Foundation’ in partnership with O2 to help support projects designed to improve local environments. The programme has four project groups; Community Places, Community People; Community Pride and Community Landscape. Grants are available between a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £1,000.
Kathy Callow Trust
Grants of up to £1,000 to small museums to help with the costs of social history conservation projects.
The Leche Trust
Offer grants to charitable trusts for assistance with conservation, preservation of buildings and their contents and preservation of rural England and the landscape.
National Manuscripts Conservation Trust
The NMCT helps preserve important manuscript and archive collections by awarding grants for their conservation.
The Pilgrim Trust
Our aim is to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society. We do this by supporting projects where our funds will make the greatest impact. We are also interested in projects where charities are having difficulty in raising funds from other sources.
Old Possum’s Practical Trust
Offers small grants of between £500-£5,000 for projects which seek to ‘increase knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical interest.
The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) fund awards grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry, and related fields.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Accept applications from local and national charities or not for- profit organisations which are addressing issues in needy rural areas and those experiencing urban deprivation. Trusthouse Charitable Foundation are interested in projects focusing on; Community Support, Disability & Healthcare and Arts, Education and Heritage.
V&A Purchase Fund
The Fund supports the purchase of a wide range material for the permanent collections of non-nationally funded organisations in England and Wales, available via Arts Council England.