AIM Hallmarks Grants

Applications have now closed.

The AIM Hallmarks Grants support Accredited Museums or museums Working Towards Accreditation in England. There is a total fund of £55,000 in 2021-2022. The grants are funded by Arts Council England, through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding.

This year grants of up to £10,000 will be available to support projects addressing AIM’s new Tackling Inequality Hallmark.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, organisations will have to be:

  • In England as this grant programme is funded by Arts Council England
  • Members of the Association of Independent Museums (applicants may join at the point of application). We expect you to remain a member of AIM for at least one year after your project is completed.
  • Either Accredited Museums or formally Working Towards Accreditation.

Please see the guidance notes for applicants for the full eligibility criteria>>

What can we fund?

We will fund projects that support our Tackling Inequality Hallmark with grants of up to £10,000.

We wish to support organisations to contribute to positive change by committing to identifying and taking steps to address inequalities. This could be through organisational change; for example, widening their range of Trustees or developing an inclusive approach to understanding and acting on the needs of their workforce. Museums also have a unique opportunity to use and develop their collections to highlight discrimination, identify and address missing perspectives and encourage debate and discussion.

We know that this is a challenging area for museums and that many of our members are keen to embark on positive action. We are open to proposals that you feel address the needs of your organisation.

Please see the guidance notes for applicants for the full details on what we will fund>>

How to apply and contact details

You can apply for up to £10,000 using the form at the link below. The closing date for this round of Hallmarks grants has now passed. Grants will be made by the end of February.

Click here for the full guidance notes for applicants>>

Click here for the application form>>

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. Please contact Fiona Woolley on for more information.

Completed application forms should be sent to Fiona on the email address above.

Previous successful applicants

The recipients of the 2021 grants are:

  • Milton’s Cottage
  • Powell-Cotton Museum
  • York Civic Trust
  • Barnsley Museums
  • Brent Museum & Archives
  • Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
  • The Peace Museum

Read more about these projects here>>

AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums

Click here for more information on the AIM Hallmarks>>


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AIM Hallmarks Grants Tackling Inequality guidance notes for applicants, October 2021

28/10/2020 in Leadership & Culture AIM Hallmarks Grants application form 2021

AIM Hallmarks Grants Tackling Inequality application form 2021

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