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.
There is more detail about all our grant programmes below. Please check the eligibility criteria and timetable for the grants you are interested in the guidance documents.
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.
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>>
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. Find out more>>
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 2021. Click here for further details>>
AIM Hallmarks Grants
The AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums identify and promote the typical characteristics of successful heritage organisations. This year Hallmarks grants focused on supporting AIM members address our new Tackling Inequality Hallmark. Applications are now closed, but you can find out more about the scheme here>>
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 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>>