Celebrate Your ‘History Makers’ As Round 4 Of The AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ Programme Opens For Applications

Hitchin British Schools Trust
Hitchin British Schools Trust

Celebrate your museum’s historical figures with a grant of up to £75,000 through the AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme which is now open for Round 4 of funding applications. Grants cover both capital and revenue expenditure and you will receive full support from AIM in promoting your project.

The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it supports AIM member museums in England by funding new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, creative industries and arts, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, helping to shape the world we live in today.

“Without the AIM Biffa Award History Makers funding, we wouldn’t have been able to tell the full story of the Clifton Suspension Bridge,” said Kat Tudor, Community, Learning and Volunteer Officer and Project Manager at Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, who received an award in Round 1. “The new exhibition panels will not only be read by local and international visitors; we will adopt the information into our education programme and guided tours. It is very exciting for us to be able to display this new information and we look forward to the reaction from our visitors.”

We want the funded exhibitions to be inspiring and exciting – especially for young people studying STEAM subjects – and we are especially keen to hear about exhibitions that would feature:

  • female history makers
  • notable people from the 20th century
  • people that have made a positive impact in the different and diverse communities of England

Speaking ahead of the launch of Round 4 funding, AIM’s Director, Emma Chaplain, said: “We are very excited that, thanks to Biffa Award, AIM members have the opportunity to tell the stories of even more History Makers who have shaped our world. We know that museums hold the stories of amazing and often little-known people and we are looking forward to hearing how they would like to share them with a wider audience.”

Applications for Expressions of Interest open 18 July 2019 and close 2 October 2019. You can submit an EOI as soon as you are ready.

Our panel will decide which projects to progress to a full application on a rolling basis between now and 2 October. Full applications must be received by 31 October 2019.

Thinking of applying for a grant but need some inspiration? Take a look at our showcase of previously funded ‘History Makers’ projects here:

AIM Biffa Award History Makers: Round 1 – 3 Grants Given

To apply for Round 4 of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers programme, please visit the main webpage to check your eligibility and for full information at:

AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme


About The Funders

About Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £175million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund. www.biffa-award.org

About The Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.  Since its inception in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.

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Museums + Heritage have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM, as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme. Find out more about Museums +Heritage here.

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