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Grants and Community News for 14 July 2023

New Stories, New Audiences – Association of Independent Museums (AIM)

AIM know that all museums need to increase and widen their audiences to enhance their sustainability, and to widen participation to groups that are currently under-represented. They want New Stories New Audiences to inspire museums to stay relevant to their audiences and to increase their impact.

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Stories New Audiences is open to all AIM members in the small museum category (up to 20,000 visitors).

They will fund projects up to £15,000 that result in a wider range of people being involved in heritage at your organisation. They expect you to have identified a new story that you wish to tell and undertaken some initial research to identify who the new audience will be. They also expect you to work with a new partner, to work differently and to try something new.

Successful projects will be allocated an experienced project mentor and will take part in the New Stories New Audiences network with other successful applicants. At the end of your project, you will be brought together to share learning, contribute to the evaluation of the experience and inform the creation of new resources.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2023. 

To find out more about what can be funded along with how to apply visit the Association of Independent Museums website.

The Radcliffe Trust – Heritage and Crafts Scheme

The Radcliffe Trust

supports the development and practice of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s heritage and crafts sector. This includes support for emerging craftspeople of high quality, craft and conservation projects and training, projects demonstrating creative outcomes by designer-makers, projects with potential for capacity building within the sector, and some special needs projects focusing on the therapeutic benefits of skills development.

The Trustees will consider making occasional grants in other areas of cultural creativity related to their concerns for heritage and crafts, including theatre, performance, and literature, especially where projects can be shown to contribute to the promotion and development of high-level skills among early career practitioners and disadvantaged groups.

Our deadline is 31st July for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes for consideration in December.

If you wish to discuss your application, please contact our Administrator on 01285 841900 or via Any guidance given offers no guarantee of success.

Eat it up Fund – Hubbub & Starbucks

Hubbub has launched a £200,000 fund to support innovative ideas to tackle food waste. Supported by Starbucks, they’re offering grants of up to £40,000.

They’re ready to back initiatives that do one or more of the following:

  • Address pre-farmgate waste
  • Prevent food from being wasted at the manufacturing and processing stage
  • Minimise food waste from retailers
  • Find creative ways to use surplus food in communities or at home

They can support ideas that are ready to test, or concepts that have been tested and are ready to progress further. Their wider aims are to make a positive impact on our environment and communities.

The fund is open to a wide range of organisations including charities, local authorities, schools, universities and small businesses.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 21 July 2023.

Visit the Eat It Up Fund website

That bit at the end….!

Exhibition: Revealing the Human Form: Sculpture from Leading British Artists of the Last Century 

The Burton at Bideford to show sculpture by leading artists in the history of modern and contemporary British art.

A touring exhibition of sculpture by some of the most prominent British sculptors of the last century opens at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford on 15 July 2023.

Revealing the Human Form features 30 sculptures by internationally renowned artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread, who was the first woman to win the prestigious Turner Prize in 1993.

The works on display all form part of the Arts Council Collection and the British Council Collection, and the exhibition was produced in partnership with Banbury Museum and Gallery in Oxford.

Bringing together an exceptional selection of works never previously exhibited in North Devon, this exhibition marks a significant cultural moment for Bideford.

Revealing the Human Form officially opens Saturday 15 July 2023 and runs until Tuesday 5 September 2023. The gallery, museum and shop are open daily.

Admission is free.


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