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 £75K.  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?

Who can apply?

The second round of the programme is now open for applications from AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Your organisation must be based within 25 miles of a Biffa operations site.  Please visit the following link to check this:

You also need to be located within 10 miles of a licenced landfill site. Please refer to the Environment Agency website or call their general enquiries line on 08708 506 506, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund.

Please refer to all associated documents at the bottom of this page to check your eligibility before applying.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please email Justeen Stone at:


How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Please download and take a look at the History Makers application documents that are available to download at the bottom of this page.

The first stage is to submit a brief Expression of Interest form of no more than 200 words. The sooner you can submit this the better, but the deadline for all EoI Forms is 2 October 2017.

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, Director of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

The closing date for full applications is 31 October 2017

Key dates for applicants

Key dates for applicants

2 Oct 2017 Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline – but the sooner the better

31 Oct 2017 Application Deadline

Jan 2018 Application results and conditional offers made

Mar 2018 Terms of conditional offer met

April 2018 Formal offer and project start

April 2019 Project completion

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