John Ellerman Foundation - Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 3rd December, 2018


Description

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

Details
Fund Value: £ 500,000
Average Value: £ 86,000

Value Notes

The annual budget is £500,000. The Foundation expects to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years.

While the average grant is around £86,000, requests for higher amounts will be considered.


Extended Description

The John Ellerman Foundation provides the Regional Museums and Galleries Fund.

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

The focus of the fund is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections.


Latest Information

The deadline for stage one applications is 3 December 2018.                                                  


Key Criteria

Regional museums and galleries in the UK are eligible to apply.

National institutions are also eligible to apply if their project brings significant benefits to the regions. Local authority museums are also eligible.

Preference will be given to applicants with an income of between £100,000 and £10 million, but a larger institution may receive funding if it is uniquely placed to meet the aims of the fund.

The focus of the fund is on visual and decorative arts and social and natural history collections.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Excellence in their field at a national level.
  • National significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection.

Organisations should be able to show the following:

  • An emphasis on the value of curatorial skills.
  • Proven experience of and enthusiasm for working in partnership.
  • A commitment to excellence and innovation.
  • Strong leadership and commitment from senior management, board or governing body.
  • Effective financial management.
  • The difference a grant will make, to the museum or gallery itself, to the general public and other audiences.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation is keen to fund work which has a legacy within and beyond the organisation. It is particularly interested in applications for one of the following:

  • Enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out.
  • Ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change.

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individual conservation projects. However, conservation work may be considered as part of a wider request.
  • Education and outreach work projects.
  • Individuals, including student grants or bursaries.
  • General and round-robin appeals.
  • Capital developments and individual items of equipment.
  • Promotion of religion or places of worship.
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding, or work that should be funded by government.
  • Individual campaigns.
  • One-off events, such as conferences, trips, seminars, single commissions, productions or festivals.
  • Arts organisations and projects whose main focus is supporting and developing individuals.
  • Sport, leisure or individual holiday schemes.
  • Education, such as initiatives linked to the curriculum, arts or environmental educational projects.
  • Medical research or treatment, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • Prisons and offenders.
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services.

The Foundation does not consider applications from organisations that:

  • Have applied unsuccessfully within the previous 12 months.
  • Have had a grant which ended less than 12 months ago.
  • Focus on a single medical area, such as an individual disease, organ or condition.
  • Are hospitals, hospices, schools, colleges or universities, unless the application is from a leading university specialist unit.

Application Procedure

There is a two-stage application process. Organisations that are successful at the first stage will be invited to apply for the second stage.

Guidelines and full details on how to make a stage one application can be found on the Foundation's website.

Contact the John Ellerman Foundation for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
 
Contact details:
Dorothée Irving
John Ellerman Foundation 
Aria House 
23 Craven Street 
London 
WC2N 5NS
Telephone:
020 7451 1471
Email:
dorothee@ellerman.org.uk