AIM Biffa Award: History Makers

Noor Inayat-Khan
Noor Inayat-Khan
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum
National Paralympic Heritage Trust
National Paralympic Heritage Trust
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

History Makers open for Expressions of Interest

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Scheme gives grants of up to £75,000 to museums, galleries and cultural facilities so that they can tell the stories of some of our lesser known historical figures. 

AIM Biffa Award have launched the latest round of History Makers grants and are inviting expressions of interest from projects that use the life and achievements of extraordinary historical figures to inspire and educate your visitors and users today.

AIM extends warm thanks to Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers for acting as Contributing Third Party to this round.

What we’re looking for 

Your History Maker may not be a well-known public figure, but most importantly, their life and/or work will have helped shape the world we live in today. Please note, figures whose impact was only significant at the time would not be eligible.

People are making history all the time, so we are happy to receive expressions of interest for history makers from any period, including more recent history.

We are particularly keen to hear from projects based on women who made history, and history makers from diverse backgrounds.

Change can be the result of collective effort as much as that of individuals, so we are also happy to hear about projects that tell the story of how distinct groups, teams or partnerships have made history. For multiple History Makers, we would expect the majority of the group members to be named and identified. If the group had a clear leader or figurehead, that person would most likely be the focus of your application.

There should also be a clear link between your chosen History Maker(s) and your museum site, story or collection. It needs to make sense that you be the location to tell their story.

If you have a possible History Maker in mind but are not sure if they fit the bill, please contact us for advice or complete and Expression of Interest form and we will get back to you.

Eligibility criteria 

Do remember that there are other application criteria that need to be met, as well as the status of your chosen History Maker, to be eligible for funding.

Please download the guidance notes below to see the full eligibility criteria. If you’re unsure, or have any questions, please do get in touch to check your eligibility.

Application process

  1. Expressions of interest are being received now. Please download the form below and return to Justeen Stone. You can submit an EOI any time from 8 October until the closing date of 5pm on 14 December 2020. The sooner you get your EOI to us, the sooner we can review it and get back to you.
  2. Applications will open on 2 November until 5pm on 28 February 2021.
  3. Applications will be evaluated by a panel in May. It is anticipated that successful projects will be notified in June 2021 and have permission to start by August 2021.

Previous projects

The successful projects from Round 4 were announced recently and work is now underway for these exhibitions to open in Spring 2021. You can see the full list of successful projects from previous funding rounds here>>

To find out more about how previous applicants have used the funding and see their top tips for future projects, visit the AIM case studies page>>

AIM Biffa Award History Makers have their own dedicated website to help children and young people learn more about these remarkable people who have shaped the world we live in. Explore their stories and test your knowledge with our interactive quiz! Visit the History Makers website here>>

Contact details

For more information and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Justeen Stone, AIM Programme and Grants Officer on

Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £175 million 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.

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.

Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers
Contributing Third Party

AIM extends warm thanks to Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers for acting as Contributing Third Party to this round.

08/10/2020 in Finance Guidance notes for History Makers applications 2020

Guidance notes to accompany AIM Biffa Award History Makers applications round 5 (October 2020)

07/10/2020 in Finance AIM Biffa Award History Makers 2020 - expression of interest

Expression of interest form, including information about making an expression of interest for AIM Biffa Award History Makers Round 5 (October 2020)

08/10/2020 in Finance Application form for History Makers round 5 2020

Application form for AIM Biffa Award History Makers round 5 (October 2020)

08/10/2020 in Finance History Makers project budget

Project budget to accompany application for AIM Biffa Award History Makers round 5 (October 2020)