AIM E-News 31 October 2018

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All treats and no tricks: it’s the late October AIM E-News.

 AIM News

Get A Grant Of Up To £12,000 With The AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England have until 20 November to apply for a grant of up to £12,000 via the AIM Hallmarks Awards, so don’t miss out on this last grant round from AIM in 2018. The awards are available in two strands:

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: To enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks and Main grants of £4000 to £12000: to support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. Find out how your museum can benefit at: Grants Of Up To £12,000 Now Available From The AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM And Charity Finance Group Gift Aid Webinar: Top Tips And Resources

If you couldn’t attend the recent AIM and Charity Finance Group webinar on Gift Aid, the slides and recorded presentation are now available on the AIM website.

Rachel Cooper, who runs Welbeck Accountancy Services for the Third Sector, and who presented the webinar, has also offered up five great tips on Gift Aid for AIM members. Take a look here.

Save Money This Winter With The AIM Energy Action Group

Not looking forward to those big energy bills this year? Sign up for free to the AIM Energy Action Group and take advantage of bulk energy buying and competitive quotes. With energy costs on the rise, this is an ideal time to find out how we can help slash those winter bills.

All AIM members are welcome to join the scheme and get free, no obligation energy quotes. The Energy Buying Group has a proven track record of providing unbeatable quotes for its members; quotes which were otherwise unavailable to individual organisations. Sign up today to save money.

Save The Date: AIM National Conference 2019

The AIM staff team recently visited Newark to plan for the AIM National Conference 2019 and we are looking forward to what will be an exciting and informative conference next year. Conference will run 20-22 June at The National Civil War Centre with a theme of: ‘How to be a great destination’. Booking will open on 1 February but take a sneaky peek at what to expect here.

AIM Member Discounts On Training Courses

We work with a range of partners to provide discounts on training to help you succeed. So, spruce up your skills this autumn with these new offers.

AIM members can now get discounts on a range of training courses from the Charity Finance Group to help your staff and volunteers boost their financial skills. If you need support to cover course costs and travelling, we have reopened our AIM Training Grants where you can apply for a grant of up to £300. Find out more here

AIM members can also benefit from a 20% discount on training courses run by Naomi Korn Associates, that cover a range of data protection and copyright topics. The courses all run in 2019 and all AIM members from across the UK can benefit from the discount. Find a course that’s right for you here.

Don’t Forget Your FREE Membership of The Charity Finance Group

Over 200 AIM members have now signed up for free membership of the Charity Finance Group, so sign up today in seconds and save your museum money. All AIM members across the UK are eligible to join and you can add as many of your staff, volunteers and trustees as you wish at no charge.


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 of the CFG please visit

Your Charity Finance Event – Have Your Say

We want to get your thoughts on the big finance issues which affect you and your organisation. Charity Finance Group will be organising a dedicated event for AIM members as part of our three-year partnership, and to do this we want to ensure we’re addressing the major challenges you’re facing, so we can support you as much as possible and you can get the most out of the event. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please complete the quick survey here.

CFG’s Flagship Event In The South West And Wales Region Comes To Bristol On 22 November

Amidst heightened public sensitivity and scrutiny, it is more important than ever to keep abreast of all the big social and regulatory issues in the world of charity finance. View the full programme and book with your member discount at South West & Wales Conference 2018


Other News And Events

The Museums + Heritage Awards 2019: Open For Entries

The Awards shine a spotlight on the diversity of this sector, of museums large and small – from the nationals to one-room volunteer-run museums, from iconic buildings and monuments to the great outdoors, all of which have an equal opportunity of winning one of 14 prestigious awards. Deadline for entry for all categories is 1 February 2019. Find out how to enter here and good luck!

Charity Finance Group’s Briefing On The Autumn Budget 2018

Now the dust has settled, what did the 2018 Budget mean for the charity sector? Download the Charity Finance Group Budget Briefing for a full analysis and views from their corporate experts.

Boost Your Income And Profile With Museum Shop Sunday On 25 November

Created by the Association for Cultural Enterprises, Sunday 25 November 2018 will be the second annual Museum Shop Sunday – a fantastic opportunity to attract new customers to your shop on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Participation is open to all non-profit cultural venues including museums, galleries, cathedrals, libraries, theatres, historic houses and gardens and it is free to take part.

Free Legal Advice For Museums And Cultural Organisations

Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts (LVFA) was set up in 2012 by a group of London law firms who wanted to offer pro bono legal support to the arts community. They are looking to work with cultural and arts organisations – including museums – who would otherwise not be able to afford legal advice and might have suitable issues or projects that would benefit from free advice from a qualified solicitor. Get in touch with LVFA here.

Applications Now Open For Oxford Cultural Leaders 2019

Applications are now open for Oxford Cultural Leaders 2019, the residential leadership programme designed and delivered by Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries & Museums in partnership with the Saïd Business School. This is a unique programme for directors and senior managers in cultural organisations and applications close 7 January.

How Your Museum Can Cut Down On Single Use Plastics: Product, Packaging And Personal

Museums can play a part in helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK (which is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes). Have a look at our guest blog post by AIM Associate Suppliers, Best Years, for their top tips on reducing single use plastics.

Arts Marketing Association (AMA): Digital Marketing Day 2018 — Future Now

Join AMA at Digital Marketing Day, where for the first time they will be bringing the programme to two linked locations. They have speakers at both the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and the British Museum in London. You’ll be able to see both the keynote sessions, whichever location you’re in, as AMA will be live streaming them from, and to, each venue. Runs 5 December in London and Glasgow. AIM members can apply using AMA membership rates.

Booking Now: Volunteer Management Conference 2019

The Volunteer Management Conference 2019 will provide the latest updates and guidance in supporting outstanding recruitment, retention and management of volunteers across the voluntary sector. Participants will hear from policy experts and leading practitioners in developing a successful volunteer management strategy, attracting volunteers through effective marketing and enhancing the volunteer experience. Runs 29 January in London.


 Funding And Finance

 Big Lottery: Digital Fund

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive. You can submit outline proposals until 5pm 3rd December 2018.There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.


Director At The Shropshire Regimental Museum

The accredited museum is in the castle in Shrewsbury. It consists of three independent museums: The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Museum, The Shropshire Yeomanry Museum and The Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery Museum. It also contains the Lord-Lieutenants’ Collection and a modern Army display. The Director is responsible for the management of the museum. There is a full time salaried Castle Custodian who is a Shropshire Council employee and a number of hourly paid warders and museum shop assistants. Applications close 14 November. Please click here to see full information about this role: Director At The Shropshire Regimental Museum

Museum Administrator At The Seaside Museum (Herne Bay Museum Trust)

The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is an Arts Council England accredited museum, principal heritage centre, and tourist attraction for the coastal town of Herne Bay.  The museum’s mission is to engage the community, local and visiting, with the area’s historical, natural history and cultural heritage through informative and entertaining galleries and exhibitions, events and activities. The Trust is looking for someone with an enthusiasm for museums but with administrative capabilities, able take on the everyday administration of the museum and coordinating the activities of our 40-50 volunteers. The post is based at the Seaside Museum Herne Bay. Applications close 25 November. Museum Administrator At The Seaside Museum (Herne Bay Museum Trust)

Director At Kiplin Hall, Yorkshire

The Board of Kiplin Hall Trust is seeking to appoint a Director to lead the organisation through a period of change and development. Kiplin Hall is a fascinating Jacobean House that was built for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland in the United States. In recent years, the Hall and its grounds has been subject to considerable restoration and while there is still more to do, today the priority switches to making the organisation sustainable for the future. The Director joins at an important time of change tasked with developing the organisation, its operations and visitor offer. With responsibility for increasing visitor numbers and the income generating opportunities for the Kiplin Hall Trust, the new Director, with the Board, will develop the strategy which will take the organisation on the next stage of its journey. Applications close 26 November. Director At Kiplin Hall, Yorkshire


AIM Services For Members

Need A Reputable Supplier Of Products Or Services For Your Museum?

If you are looking for a product or service for your museum, then take a look at the handy AIM Suppliers Directory. Featuring a comprehensive list of consultants, insurers, exhibition and display companies – plus a range of other museum related businesses – our Associate Suppliers have been checked by us for quality and reliability. Recent AIM Associate members that have joined us include: NovaDura (Interpretation and signage), Marge Ainsley (Consultant & Training), Tarnside (Fundraising Consultants),  Eglingtoun Consulting Ltd (Consultants), Leach Studio (Design), Jam Creative Studios (digital and interactives), Paddy McNulty Associates (consultants) Heritage Creative (Web Design) and Blackwall Green (Insurance).

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

Don’t forget that you can advertise your Trustee vacancies with AIM. Please visit our Trustee webpage, download a vacancy form and email it to

Have you got some spare time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? Click here to see the latest AIM member Trustee Vacancies

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