Association of Independent Museums (AIM)/ Pilgrim Trust Remedial Conservation Scheme

Grants are available to support small museums with the conservation of objects in their collections. The maximum grant awarded will be £10,000 with the average grant around £5,000. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.

If museums are VAT Registered, recoverable VAT should be deducted from any invoices before claiming.

To be eligible, museums must:

  • Be an AIM member
  • Be a registered or accredited museum, or be confident of achieving accreditation within two years (those in the latter category AIM reserves the right to discuss the accreditation application with the relevant authority)
  • Be a registered Charity, an associated charity can receive the grant on the museum’s behalf, if the museum itself is not a charity
  • Have fewer than 50,000 visitors p.a. OR a turnover of less than £300,000 p.a. (Please note in the case of branch museums, the total turnover of the parent organisation must be less than £300,000 p.a.)
  • Application to this scheme does not prevent museums applying to the Pilgrim Trust (who are the funding body) for other, unrelated projects

Applicants may apply to the scheme more than once for different projects.

Applicants do not need to offer partnership funding although it will be welcome if they do. Bids may be made to part-fund larger schemes but not if that scheme is already being funded by the Pilgrim Trust

Museums may find it helpful to talk to their local Museums Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. Contact AIM to find out who best to contact for your area.

The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded on AIM’s website (

For further information contact Justeen Stone, AIM Grants& Finance Officer at or telephone 0333 305 8060.

Completed Grant forms should be returned to the AIM Administrator via their postal address.

Justeen Stone
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
AIM Postal
PO Box 181

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