The Hepworth Wakefield has received £100,000

ACE allocates £7m worth of funds to 82 institutions

Geraldine Kendall, Issue 112/01, p7, 01.11.2012
Organisation unveils recipients of strategic support fund for 2012-13
Arts Council England (ACE) has handed out nearly £7m to 82 museum organisations and networks through its strategic support fund for 2012-13.

As a strand of the Renaissance programme, the fund is primarily designed to address geographical gaps in ACE’s portfolio of 16 major museum partners.

With a much smaller pot to go around, many of the projects that won strategic support funding show a focus on increasing self-sufficiency, sharing resources and boosting fundraising and earned income.

The East Midlands and Yorkshire gained the largest share of funding. For 2012-13, 14 grants totalling £1.55m were awarded in the East Midlands and 11 grants worth £970,000 in Yorkshire.

Recipients included the Hepworth Wakefield (£100,000), Hull City Council (£99,300) and the University of Leicester (£111,735).

Three former Renaissance hubs that missed out on major grant funding have also had their strategic support allocations confirmed for the next three years. Nottingham Museums and Galleries will receive £1.38m, Derby Museums £1.36m and Museums Sheffield £1.2m.

Nine grants worth a total of £730,500 were distributed in the West Midlands for 2012-13, including £120,000 to increase cashflow at the Black Country Living Museum. In the south-east, £737,000 went to 10 organisations.

Hampshire County Council Museum Service won the largest grant, £250,000, for a project bringing partner collections under joint stewardship. Nearly £600,000 went to nine projects in the southwest, including £170,000 to Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum to boost resilience at three partner museums.

Three projects in the north-west received a total of £545,000. Towneley Hall in Burnley won £300,000 for a wide-reaching partnership to improve visitor services at seven venues in the Pennines.

Smaller shares were allocated to the north-east (£400,000), the east (£310,000) and London (£284,000). Nine grants totalling just over £600,000 went to England-wide projects.

The Museums Association received £183,780 to create a workforce action plan to address skills gaps, while the Collections Trust received almost £35,000 to help museums improve security.

ACE has also announced 25 successful applicants in the first round of allocations from the two-year, £1.7m Designation development fund. Recipients include the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and Leeds City Council.