Biffa Award previously funded a project at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

AIM announces £1.5m scheme for industrial heritage projects

Geraldine Kendall, 11.04.2012
Independent museums and industrial sites can apply
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has announced a new £1.5m scheme in partnership with Biffa Award, a fund that awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Over the next three years, the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme is inviting independent museums and industrial sites to bid for grants from a fund of £500,000 per year to create interpretation and education projects detailing the history of industrial development. Proposals need to demonstrate significant impact and heritage benefit.

According to a statement from AIM, the scheme aims to “transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources… by creating a network of key projects that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change”.

Up to four projects will be selected in each annual funding round, with a maximum £120,000 available to each applicant.

AIM Chairman Matthew Tanner says: "We are delighted that Biffa Award is supporting this important initiative – it will open up new perspectives of our national heritage as well as providing much needed investment into some of the most important industrial sites in the UK.”

MA collections coordinator Sally Colvin said: “Well done to AIM for establishing this innovative partnership. I’m sure the new funding opportunity will be welcomed by museums and I hope it results in some excellent projects. It’s great to see industrial heritage getting the recognition it deserves.”

The first funding round is open to applications until 29 June.

Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that distributes landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services. The fund is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

Click here for more details on how to apply