ACE confirms application period for Renaissance funding

Museums to be given application guidance
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Museums will be able to apply for funding from the Arts Council England’s (ACE) major grant strand of Renaissance from Tuesday 13 September.

ACE will also hold a series of briefings in cities across England (see below) providing guidance to senior staff on how to apply for funding. The sessions, which are free to attend, will also give details on how ACE plans to work with the museum sector and its future plans for Renaissance.

Earlier this month, ACE announced major changes to how Renaissance is operated and funded. Instead of Core museums, the arts council will provide major grants, similar to the national portfolio programme that it already runs, and will replace the proposed challenge fund with a strategic support fund.

Funding criteria for major grants will be released when the application process opens. ACE has said that the programme will “look for a group of museums with the appetite and capacity to play a wider leadership role in the sector in delivering on the arts council’s strategic goals”.

ACE will also publish a companion document to Achieving great art for everyone, its strategic framework for the next 10 years, in September. 

In an email to museums, ACE’s chief executive Alan Davey said: “We see this companion document as the start of a conversation with the museums and library sector that will develop over many years, and the briefings will provide the opportunity to discuss our shared ambitions.”

Sally Colvin, collections coordinator at the Museums Association, said: “It’s good to see that ACE is making such effort to communicate the opportunities to museums. We wait to see what the funding criteria will be.”

ACE officially takes over the museum functions currently held by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council from 1 October. The application process for major grants will run from 13 September until early 2012.

For more on Renaissance, please click here (ACE website)

ACE's chief operating officer, Althea Efunshile, will address the MA conference this year - click here to find out more

Major grant briefing sessions

Senior staff can register by clicking on links below. The closing date for registrations is 2 September.

Brighton: 12 September 2011, Brighton Pavilion [Please note, this session will no longer take place and is being rearranged for a different date. Update 26/08/2011]

Cambridge: 13 September 2011, Whipple Museum of History of Science

Birmingham: 14 September 2011, Custard Factory

Manchester: 14 September 2011, Museum of Science and Industry

London: 15 September 2011, London Transport Museum

Newcastle: 23 September 2011, Arts Council North East


This article was updated on 26/08/2011. The date of the application period was changed from 12 September to 13 September.

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