AIM Biffa Award: History Makers

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Hitchin British Schools Trust
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London Transport Museum
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National Paralympic Heritage Trust
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Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers programme is closed for 2019. We hope to launch another round in 2020.

Who Are Your History Makers?

Celebrate your museum’s historical figures with a grant of up to £75,000 through the AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme which is now open for Round 4 of funding applications.

The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it supports AIM member museums in England by funding 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, creative industries and arts, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, helping to shape the world we live in today.

The lives of these History Makers can inspire a new generation with the qualities behind their successes, such as ingenuity, bravery, persistence, endeavour, imagination and insight…so tell the world about them!

We want the funded exhibitions to be inspiring and exciting – especially for young people studying STEAM subjects – and we are especially keen to hear about exhibitions that would feature:

  • female history makers
  • notable people from the 20th century
  • people that have made a positive impact in the different and diverse communities of England

Grants cover both capital and revenue expenditure and you will receive full support from AIM in promoting your project.

A maximum of 10% of the grant can be used for supporting work such as, site based education resources or publicity material and creating content for the History Makers website. Up to 5% project management costs can be included within the 10% additional project costs.

Exhibitions/interpretation funded by History Makers must be fully accessible to the public for a minimum of 104 days per year.

Thinking of applying for a grant but need some inspiration? Take a look at our showcase of previously funded ‘History Makers’ projects here:

AIM Biffa Award History Makers: Round 1 – 3 Grants Given

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 and 10 miles from a Landfill site to be eligible. Please check here

AIM will verify the landfill sites with Entrust

The first application stage is to submit a brief Expression of Interest form of no more than 200 words after checking your eligibility. Please download the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

Please read the guidance information and FAQ’s available at the bottom of this page carefully to help you create a successful application.

Applications for Expressions of Interest open 18 July 2019 and close 2 October 2019. You can submit an EOI as soon as you are ready

AIM Biffa Award: History Makers Key Dates

Applications for Expressions of Interest forms open 18 July 2019 and closes 2 October 2019

Full applications must be made by 31 October 2019

Application results will be February 2020 and conditional offers made March 2020

About The Funders

About Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £175million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

About The 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 4.2%) 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 or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.

Museums + Heritage

Museums + Heritage 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. Find out more about Museums +Heritage here.

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