AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme

The AIM grant scheme aims to promote preventive conservation.

AIM has developed a second conservation funding strand to its Conservation Grant Scheme, again with the generous support of The Pilgrim Trust. The deadlines for applications is 31 March 2015 and 30 September 2016. 

The AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme has been set up to help small museums develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to preventive conservation within their museum.

AIM hopes that by running the two schemes side by side applicants will view conservation in a more sustainable and strategic way.  Bids will typically be small interventions, more passive and simple methods of environmental control, low energy, low carbon, no air-conditioning and methods that can be easily maintained by non-technical staff and volunteers.  ďA greater understanding of preventive conservation should reduce the need for more active conservation in the long term,Ē says Conservation Grant committee member Sarah Staniforth.

Under the scheme AIM will consider supporting:

∑         Environmental surveys

∑         Obtaining professional advice to compile conservation and implementation strategies

∑         Training for volunteers

∑         Environmental monitoring and control equipment

∑         Ultraviolet filters

∑         Integrated pest management

∑         Display cases and picture framing

∑         Storage containers and packing materials

∑         Development of emergency plans.

Priority will be given to obtaining professional advice in compiling conservation and implementation strategies, and training for volunteers. 

Eligible AIM members must be registered or accredited, or expect to achieve accreditation within two years, and they must have fewer than 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 per year.  Maximum grant will be £10,000 and average grants awarded will be around £5,000.  A brief report for the AIM Bulletin is a criteria of the grant, as with AIMís two other schemes, thus helping other members with ideas.


Please read these notes carefully in addition to the Guidance notes attached to the application form before making an application to us. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact Justeen Stone on:

  • We cannot fund conservation treatment arising from accidental or wilful damage to museum objects, nor can we support applications for in situ building conservation or routine maintenance.
  • We need to know how important the object/s involved are to your museum. This particularly applies to social and local history objects which may not be obvious to the Grant Committee.
  • In the case of Preventive Conservation projects tell us the proportion of your collection that will benefit from proposed works.
  • You need to make a convincing case for why the project has to be undertaken and why the project needs to be undertaken now. If for example you want to purchase conservation equipment under the Preventive Grant Scheme tell us why you need it and why it is a priority for you. Will it make step change in improving your environmental sustainability?
  • You may find it helpful to talk to your local Museums Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. They have considerable experience with grant applications. They may be able to help with finding a suitable conservator or suggest how you might strengthen your application. We would be happy to advise you who best to contact for your area or take a look at the MDO's page
  • Do not send us supplementary documents unless they directly relate to your application. For example if you are Accredited we do not need policy documents relating to Accreditation. Unduly long applications are not necessarily helpful.
  • While we would not wish you to compromise on the quality of the proposed works, obtaining value for money is an important criterion for us in assessing your project. If there are alternative approaches have you considered them? Are the proposed works or treatment appropriate? This is particularly important with higher value projects.
  • While we recommend the use of Accredited Conservators unless there are particular reasons you need to employ another specialist for conservation treatment, please ensure that person has the skills and experience relevant for the works proposed.



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