AIM Grants

AIM strives to support museums to feel confident and effective in running their museums. Our grants are available to help our members develop and grow their organisations and underpin key areas of activity.

You can find out more on our current grant schemes below and you’ll find all the eligibility criteria and timetables for applications on each of the grant pages.

Help with your application

Please talk to us while you are developing your project. We’ll tell you whether your project is eligible and help you make your application as strong as possible. We also recommend discussing any ideas with your regional Museum Development team. Contact:

For all grant enquiries and applications, please contact the Programme team on programmes@aim-museums.co.uk.

We’ve put together our top tips to help you make a strong AIM grant application and improve your chances of success. Read our top tips here>>

All grant schemes require membership of AIM, which is open to all types of museum and heritage organisation. Click here to see the full list of member benefits and to join AIM>>

AIM Pilgrim Trust Collections and Conservation Grants

AIM Pilgrim Trust Collections and Conservation Grants

AIM is grateful to the Pilgrim Trust for funding the Collections Care, Audit and Conservation grant schemes. The grants support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and to meet the standards required for Accreditation. The closing date for the next round of applications is 30 September 2022. Click here for further details>>

AIM Arts Scholars Brighter Day conservation grant scheme

AIM Arts Scholars Brighter Day conservation grant scheme

We are grateful to the Company of Arts Scholars Charitable Trust for funding Brighter Day, our newest grant scheme offering up to £8,000 support to help museums recover from the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic, especially targeting those who are unable to access other sources of support. Applications are now closed. Click here to find out more>>

AIM Hallmarks Grants

AIM Hallmarks Grants

The AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums identify and promote the typical characteristics of successful heritage organisations. This year Hallmarks grants will support AIM members address our new Tackling Inequality Hallmark. Applications are now closed. Click here to find out more>>

New Stories New Audiences

New Stories New Audiences

New Stories New Audiences is a new grant scheme for AIM small museum members funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund. It will inspire museums to stay relevant to their audiences and to increase their impact by identifying new stories and by working with a new partner, to work differently and to try something new. The next round of applications will open in Summer 2022. Find out more about this grant scheme>>

AIM Biffa Award History Makers

AIM Biffa Award History Makers

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Scheme gives grants to museums, galleries and cultural facilities so that they can tell the stories of some of our lesser known historical figures. Applications for Round 5 have now closed. Find out more here>>

AIM training grants

AIM training grants

AIM Training Grants are available to support member museums in developing the skills and expertise of their workforce (paid or voluntary). Applicant museums must be AIM members and priority will be given to smaller museums receiving less than 20,000 visitors p.a. Find out more and make an application here>>

Acknowledging AIM support

Acknowledging AIM support

For AIM members who have received a grant from us, this is where you’ll find all the information on how you should acknowledge our support along with the marketing guidelines for the different grant schemes. Click here to see the full details>>