Below is a list of organisations that have provided funding for conservation projects in the past and are likely to continue to do so. Please note that the funding opportunities change regularly, and there can be strict guidelines for applying, so it is important to read the eligibility criteria carefully.
Places to start:
HERITAGE & CRAFT FUNDERS NETWORK
What is it? Provides details of independent trusts and foundations who draw on an endowment or invested funds to provide grants to the Heritage & Crafts sector. Other types of funding bodies are also associated with the network.
HERITAGE FUNDING DIRECTORY
What is it? A free guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects. This is a useful starting point for navigating funding sources in the sector and it is recommended that you visit the funder’s website directly to explore the latest information.
Specific funds and funding bodies:
What do they fund: Arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with creativity and culture
ARTS SOCIETY (formerly NADFAS)
What do they fund: Special projects, displays, internship or part-time posts, training and conservation activities for regional museums, galleries & arts organisations
ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT MUSEUMS (AIM)
What do they fund: Collections Care, audits and conservation (AIM Pilgrim Trust Collections and Conservation Grants) for Members of AIM (open to all types of museum and heritage organisation)
BARBARA WHATMORE CHARITABLE TRUST
What do they fund: cultural and heritage preservation projects in the UK (especially East Anglia).
CHARLES HAYWARD FOUNDATION: HERITAGE AND CONSERVATION GRANTS
What do they fund: Heritage and Conservation for charities registered in the UK
CHURCHCARE- CATHEDRAL AND CHURCH BUILDINGS DIVISION
What do they fund: conservation of historic church interiors (including fixed and non-fixed objects) and churchyard structures; conservation reports. Church of England
DAPHNE BULLARD GRANT
What do they fund: small museums and organisations engaged in the conservation of dress and textiles of any period and their display
ELIZABETH HAMMOND GRANT
What do they fund: the conservation and preparation for display of clothing (including clothing-related textiles) of all periods, styles, and places of origin, held in the permanent collections of Accredited museums within the United Kingdom which do not have professional textile conservators on their workforce.
HEADLEY TRUST (part of Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust)
What do they fund? Arts & heritage, including the display of British ceramics, conservation of industrial, maritime and built heritage; archaeology. Cathedrals & Major churches, including restoration or repair work to the fabric of ancient cathedrals, parish church cathedrals and large churches of exceptional architectural merit that were built before 1850; conservation of monuments.
HERITAGE OF LONDON TRUST
What do they fund? Restoration of historic buildings and monuments in London which are available for public access and enjoyment. Any community organisation, representative of a community organisation or local authority can apply for a grant.
What do they fund? Projects that aim to conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality. Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public.
KATHY CALLOW TRUST
What do they fund: conservation and display projects, particularly for those relating to the disadvantaged in society, history of dress, women, the sea, industrialisation, and small localities.
What do they fund: Conservation of historic objects, collections and features of buildings and designed landscapes which are pre-Victorian in date, i.e. pre-1830s. In the case of churches, they consider supporting the conservation of items such as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.
MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION AND ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN COLLECTIONS FUND
What do they fund: Projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people. All applications must engage and involve audiences to achieve public benefit.
NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND
What do they fund: making the collections that museums, libraries and archives hold more accessible through new displays, improving public buildings and galleries, or engaging people with interpreting new and existing collections
NATIONAL MANUSCRIPTS CONSERVATION TRUST
What do they fund? Conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives belonging to non-national archives and record offices, as well as specialist libraries, universities and museums.
What do they fund? The repair and restoration of important historic buildings particularly those at risk; the conservation of significant collections and artefacts; and the promotion of knowledge through academic research (Preservation & Scholarship Fund)
What do they fund? Support for craft and conservation projects (Heritage & Crafts scheme)
What do they fund: offers financial assistance to individuals or groups to carry through restoration or improvement projects associated with transport heritage.
Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. It recognises the best restoration projects; the most impressive research; the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; and the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes.
Further details available from: http://www.europanostra.org/apply-for-an-award-2017/
YORK CONSORTIUM FOR CONSERVATION AND CRAFTMANSHIP
JONATHAN RUFFER CURATORIAL GRANTS
The programme is open to curators who work across the full range of fine and applied art collections in museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation and are open to the public. In addition, in recognition of the need for new skills, knowledge and research to benefit museum collections for the future, these grants are also available to researchers, art historians and academics from other relevant and related disciplines, retired curators, and other museum professionals who plan to work within and alongside museums to improve the use and understanding of their fine and applied art collections.