Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Collections Care Scheme

Grants available to enable small museums to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to collections care within their museum.

The maximum grant awarded will be £10,000. It is expected that the average grant awarded will be around £5,000.

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

The grants may enable museums to receive tailored, specialist advice about care of collections, or equipment to implement that advice.

Funds may also support the training staff or volunteers to use new equipment, as well as its purchase, emphasising low cost solutions that can be easily understood. Better collections care supports museums’ long-term sustainability. AIM are looking for projects that enable a step-change in the quality of collections care that a museum can provide.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019. Applicants may apply to the scheme more than once for different projects.

Further information can be found along with application forms can be downloaded from AIM’s website –

Applications should be emailed to the AIM Grants & Finance Officer: Projects should, ideally, be discussed with the AIM Grants and Finance Officer prior to application (email or telephone 0333 305 8060.

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