AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme
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What is the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme?
The £1 million, AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme, funds 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 £90K. 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.
The final round of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme is now open for applications. Please see below for information on how to apply and for all application documents.
How To Apply
You must be an AIM member museum or heritage site based in England and located within 25 miles of a Biffa Award operations site to be eligible.
To check your eligibility, you need to use the Biffa Award postcode checker. Input your postcode to check if you can apply:
AM I ELIGIBLE?
You also need to be located within 10 miles of a licenced landfill site. You can check your local landfill sites here:
Landfill Tax: site operators
We recommend that you download all resources at the bottom of this page to help your application at every stage. If you have any questions or need any support, please email:
Tim Burge at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Justeen Stone: email@example.com
The first stage is to submit a brief Expression of Interest form of no more than 200 words.
Please download the History Makers Expression of Interest Form 2018 and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and no later than 1 October 2018. The sooner you submit this form the better to allow the grants panel time to assess your application.
AIM Biffa Award History Makers Key Dates
Applications open 17 May 2018
Expressions of Interest deadline 1 October 2018 (or preferably before)
Applications close 31 October 2018
Application results and conditional offers made January 2019.
The History Makers Grants Panel
The assessment panel is chaired by 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, Director of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £165 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Landfill Communities Fund
The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.3%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.
Since its inception in 1996, over £1.6 billion has been spent on more than 56,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit https://www.entrust.org.uk/or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.