These Grants will help to fund new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures and funding covers both capital and revenue expenditure. These grants has been made possible thanks to funding from Biffa Award with Museums + Heritage kindly acting as a Contributing Third Party for AIM.
Get Ahead With Our Updated Quick Guide To Donation Boxes
Since its initial launch in 2015, the AIM Quick Guide to ‘Donation Boxes in Museums’ has often been cited by our members in feedback surveys as one of the most useful AIM resources, and it has helped many of our museum members to increase their on-site donations.
Working in partnership with Touchstone Services, the AIM Energy Action Group is providing a way for museums and heritage attractions of all sizes to review energy bills, work with an energy management company to gain competitive quotes and join a bulk energy buying basket to reduce costs further.
Touchstone can also help your museum to implement water management techniques and helping to make museums more water efficient is just one of several services they offer. Take a look at their tips in a website article here: Reduce Water Consumption in a Museum
Looking For Funding Up To £12,000? Don’t Miss Out On A Hallmarks Award!
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the AIM Hallmark Awards are available for AIM members in England in two strands: small grants (£3000 – £6000) and main grants (£4000 to £12000) and the next closing date is 20 November.
The Hallmarks Awards can support your museum by improving your financial sustainability or they can positively impact by strengthening your strategy or business model. For full information, some useful case studies of previous grant recipients and how to apply, please visit: AIM Launches Hallmarks Awards In England For 2019.
Join The New AIM Facebook Group
Have you ever wanted to ask another AIM member a question? Or find out what other museums are doing to solve a specific problem? We have just created a new ‘AIM Members Information’ Facebook group to act as a friendly forum for our members.
Members can create posts, start discussions and give answers to any post. We have created this group so that members can talk directly to each other on any museum topic, which our current Facebook page doesn’t allow.
The group is also open for our Associate Supplier members, supplier members and consultants so that they can directly promote their goods and services – and special offers – so feel free to join up and get chatting today. Join using your Facebook account at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AIMMuseumsMembers/
New Discounted Training From The National Army Museum For AIM Members
The National Army Museum offers training for museum staff, volunteer and trustees. All NAM training is available to book via their website.
News From The Charity Finance Group
As part of our new partnership with the Charity Finance Group, we will regularly feature news and updates from CFG here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members. To activate your free membership and to add members of staff, trustees or volunteers at no cost, please visit www.cfg.org.uk/aim
Exclusive Training Offer For AIM Members
AIM members receive an additional 15% discount off the member price for Charity Finance Group’s Foundation and Advanced Charity Finance training courses, coming up soon in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Find out more about the training on the CFG website – and to secure your special discount, email our events team quoting discount code AIMENEWSOFFER.
Your Gift Aid Questions
CFG’s Tax, VAT and Gift Aid Conference is filling up fast in London, but the good news is the conference will be coming to Birmingham and Newcastle too – book your place now with member discount.
Signed Up With Charity Finance Group Yet?
The CFG team loved meeting everyone at the AIM National Conference this June! If you’ve not signed up with CFG yet to access our benefits, it’s free to do through your AIM membership. Find out more about what we do and register now
News From Museums + Heritage
As part of our new partnership with Museums + Heritage who have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme, we will regularly feature news and updates from Museums + Heritage here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members.
Does Your Museum Have An Unsung Finance Hero? Enter The Charity Finance Group Awards
The new Charity Finance Group Awards celebrate the unsung heroes in the world of charity finance. The awards are not only for finance directors and traditional ‘leaders’ but open to anyone working in the charity finance world. Nominations will be open until 27 September.
Is Your Museum Ready For Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) Compliance?
On the 14th September, the EU’s Second Payment Services Directive comes into effect, changing the way in which all customer to business transactions are processed. Regardless of the Brexit outcome, this new law will have an impact on all organisations with online payments operations.
Colin Hunter, Director of Business Rates at Lambert Smith Hampton and an advisor to AIM on Business rates will be speaking at this event for charities in London on 17 October. Business rates relief for charities totalled £2.2 billion in 2018/19, compared to £1.3 billion for Gift Aid. This relief is increasingly coming under attack from cash-strapped Local Authorities, who are trying to either remove reliefs altogether or reduce them by splitting assessments to strip out commercial areas. The event is free, and you can register by clicking here.
Workshop: Picture Library Symposium
An invaluable source of topical information and inspiration, the Association for Cultural Enterprises annual symposium features speakers from both inside and outside the cultural sector – an unmissable event for anyone involved in image sales, licensing and rights. Runs in London on 15 October.
Webinar: The Fundamentals Of Loyalty — The Path To Amazing Supporter Relationships
Discover the psychology of loyalty and how to convert research in this field to actionable strategies in your organisation. Hosted by Arts Marketing Association and presented by Ron Evans, in this webinar you’ll explore intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, relationship building, establishing trust and personal communications. Runs online on 2 October @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Open to AMA members and non-members
Can You Help An AIM Member?
Hucknall Flight Test Museum have asked other AIM members if they can assist them by answering an attendance data question as part of their business planning. This is a small private museum of approx 800 sq metres exhibit space, now seeking to fully open to the public. But before this happens, they are creating a business case to access more funding to improve facilities but need to submit their potential annual public attendance income – based as far as possible – upon ‘real world’ data.
The museum team are therefore appealing to any AIM member museums with an approximate equivalent exhibit floor space of between 500 to 1000 sq mtrs, who are happy to help, to tell them their recent annual public attendance figures. Consultants have advised them that data drawn from the aviation museum sector is likely to be the most representative, but they would welcome contributions from any small museums of this size. If you are happy to help, please email email@example.com
Funding And Finance
Plowden/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD Grants
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grants enable conservators practising in the UK to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences. The next deadline for applications is 16 September.
The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust making awards to charities that are registered in the U.K. One of their funding priorities is heritage and Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and the next panel meeting is November.
Curator of Archaeology – Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre
We are seeking an archaeologist with experience of curating and documenting museum collections to work as part of a team of paid staff and volunteers to curate and promote public access to, and enjoyment of, the archaeology collections in the care of the Oxfordshire Museums service. You will need to be educated to degree level in archaeology or equivalent with a good understanding of current museology and best practice. Closes 18 September
If you have a breadth of curatorial skills, particularly in the delivery of exhibition programmes including touring exhibitions, coupled with a love of objects and their stories and a strong desire to deliver the best possible museum service to the community we think you will be interested in this role. Closes 22 September
Business Development Manager (BDM) – Brixton Windmill
The BDM will use a creative approach to generate income as well as engaging people in the growing workstreams that make up our sustainable business, strongly managing each element to achieve required outcomes. With an outward facing focus, they will lead changes in our marketing relationships and website, attracting institutions and users to purchase more. This will be underpinned by internal work to include both our offer (e.g. updating educational materials) and business processes. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:
This role is crucial to the success of the new Brixton Windmill Centre. The successful candidate will understand and be committed to the changes we need to make through two years of Power to Change (PTC) funding. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record of administrative work in an office, project, small business or similar environment. They will have experience of using finance packages and keeping financial records so that there are excellent project processes, records and reporting. They will understand that the future of our growing social business depends on strong financial systems, accuracy and integrity. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:
Chawton House wishes to appoint its first Curator. The Curator will be responsible for the extraordinary early women writers library collection, and the remaining library, artworks and furniture of the Knight family that were so familiar to Jane Austen. The Curator will also review the non-library collections of furniture, art, ephemera and decorative arts, as well as leading all collections work required to secure Museum Accreditation. Working as part of a small but dedicated staff team, the Curator will also have the support of a small, skilled team of collections volunteers. Closes 14 October
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