AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

The AIM Biffa Award funded ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is closed for applications and the closing date for the next annual round will be in October 2017.

What is History Makers?

History Makers will fund museums to create 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, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today.

The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM member museums of up to £75,000. £300,000 will be distributed in the first round. It builds on the very successful collaboration between AIM and Biffa Award from 2012-2014, which saw £1.5m invested in National Heritage Landmark Projects, saving some of the UK’s most important industrial heritage.

‘History Makers’ will enable the creation of new museum displays which will connect the public with the personal stories and achievements of both famous, and less-well known, historic figures. Through their lives, a new generation will be inspired by the qualities behind their successes, such as ingenuity, bravery, persistence, endeavour, imagination and insight. Many objects and collections will be displayed publicly for the first time to illuminate these stories.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa Award operations (within 25 miles see the Biffa Award website- a licenced landfill site (within 10 miles Refer to the Environment Agency website or call their general enquiries line on 08708 506 506, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund. Information is given in the guidance notes about how to check whether a site fulfils the requirements.

History Makers is open to AIM members only. If you are not a member, you can find out how to join here:

How do I apply?

The first stage is to submit a brief Expression of Interest using the form below. This should be submitted as soon as possible, even if your project is at a very early stage of development.

The next closing date for full applications will be in October 2017.

Application guidance and forms plus promotional guidelines can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

If you require any support with your application, please email Justeen Stone at:

Applications received by AIM will be reviewed by the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grants advisory panel: Chairman - Bill Ferris OBE DL, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Panel members - Tim Bryan, Head of Collections and Interpretation, British Motor Museum; Sam Hunt, Consultant; Diane Lees CBE, Director General of Imperial War Museums; Rachel Maidment, Biffa Award; Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox; Caroline Worthington, Chief Executive, Bexley Heritage Trust.