Collections Care and Conservation Grants

The Pilgrim Trust

Collections Care and Conservation Grants

AIM members care for a huge and significant range of historic objects and collections. They range from fine art collections to locomotives, textiles to ships, decorative art and social and industrial history collections.

AIM is grateful to the Pilgrim Trust for funding the Collections Care, Audit and Conservation grant schemes. The grants support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and to meet the standards required for Accreditation.

We encourage applications from museums to bring in conservation expertise to ensure that collections care and conservation meets professional standards and will have most impact for museums and their visitors.

Collections Care Audits

These grants, run in partnership with Icon enable small museums to undertake a basic professional collections care audit. Audits are undertaken by an accredited conservator (ACR) to help museums identify key collection care issues and priorities.

Grants are £1,100 plus travel and VAT (if applicable) to cover the cost of a fully accredited conservator undertaking a three-day audit.

These grants are a good starting point before making an application to the Collections Care or Remedial Conservation schemes if your museum has not previously had a professional conservation advice.

Further guidance and application form

Collections Care Scheme

These grants help museums with under 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to collection care. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to enable museums to receive tailored, specialist advice, purchase equipment to implement advice and train staff and volunteers.

We are looking for projects that enable a step-change in the quality of collections care that a museum can provide.

Further guidance and application form

Remedial Conservation Scheme 

These grants help museums with 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa with the conservation of objects in their collections. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to conserve objects that are part of a museum’s permanent collection. Conservation work should be carried out by an accredited conservator unless in exceptional circumstances.

We expect museums to have a conservation plan for selected objects but they need not be those at most risk in your collection.

Further guidance and application form  

Closing Dates

Applications close on 31st March and 30th September 2021.

How to apply

Read through the guidance above. Download and complete the relevant application form and submit as a PDF to justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

We recommend contacting the AIM Programmes and Finance Officer prior to submitting your application. Contact Justeen on 0333 305 8060 or by email as above.

Help with your application

It may be useful to refer to the AIM Success Guides in Collections Care and Basic Interventive Conservation

The AIM programmes team are happy to advise on applications. Contact either Margaret margaret@aim-museums.co.uk or Justeen justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

You might also find it helpful to talk to your local Museum Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. They have considerable experience with grant applications and may be able to help with finding a suitable conservator or suggest how you might strengthen your application. We can advise on who best to contact for your area.

Previous projects

Take a look at our selection of case studies from grant recipients, which include details of how the grant was used and the benefits realised from this scheme: