The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Hallmarks Grants will support accredited museums in England, with grants totalling £55,000 each year for the next two years.

The grants are funded through Arts Council England, through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding.

There are two strands of funding under this programme:

  • Main grants of £4,000 to £12,000 will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks framework. AIM will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.
  • Small grants of £3,000 – £6,000 will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

To be eligible, organisations will have to be:

  • In England
  • Members of the Association of Independent Museums (applicants may join at the point of application)
  • Either Accredited Museums or formally Working Towards Accreditation.

The closing date for the first round of both strands is 20 November 2019.

There will be one further round in each of the years 2020 – 2021.


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