Supplementary guidance for applicants
Please read these notes carefully in addition to the Guidance notes attached to the application form which is available to download at the bottom of this page before making an application to us. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact Justeen Stone on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot fund conservation treatment arising from accidental or wilful damage to museum objects, nor can we support applications for in situ building conservation or routine maintenance.
We need to know how important the object/s involved are to your museum. This particularly applies to social and local history objects which may not be obvious to the Grant Committee.
You need to make a convincing case for why the project has to be undertaken and why the project needs to be undertaken now.
You may find it helpful to talk to your local Museums Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. They have considerable experience with grant applications. They may be able to help with finding a suitable conservator or suggest how you might strengthen your application. We would be happy to advise you who best to contact for your area or visit: https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/member-support/museum-development-officers/
Do not send us supplementary documents unless they directly relate to your application. For example, if you are Accredited we do not need policy documents relating to Accreditation. Unduly long applications are not necessarily helpful.
While we would not wish you to compromise on the quality of the proposed works, obtaining value for money is an important criterion for us in assessing your project. If there are alternative approaches have you considered them? Are the proposed works or treatment appropriate? This is particularly important with higher value projects.
While we recommend the use of Accredited Conservators unless there are particular reasons you need to employ another specialist for conservation treatment, please ensure that person has the skills and experience relevant for the works proposed.
Applications close on 31 March and 30 September 2019
The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Please note, both documents are in Word and will directly download to your computer.
For further information contact Justeen Stone, AIM Grants & Finance Officer at Justeen@aim-museums.co.uk
Completed Grant forms should be returned to the AIM Administrator via our postal address.