AMOT GRANTS POLICY 2018
In accordance with the objectives of its Founder, the Army Museums Ogilby Trust continues to offer financial support to Regimental and Corps museums for the professional training of museum staff and to provide contributory funding for specific projects. Grants fall into two categories and the timetable and bidding criteria for each are set out below:
AMOT administer two grant schemes each year:
1) Project grants of up to £5,000 are available for project applications administered once a year
2) Up to £150 for training grants administered as a continuous open application programme
It is intended that the rules governing the provision of Project Grants should not be prescriptive and Trustees are keen to encourage applications for a wide range of projects. Informal advice on eligibility may be sought from the Director AMOT at any time by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMOT project grants are open to members of the Army Museums Network.
We support projects which will benefit the improved preservation, collections, research and access of army museum collections.
Projects should aim to begin no sooner than April 2018 and run for no longer than 12 months.
In 2018, we particularly welcome applications which support the commemorations of the end of WW1.
Funding can be used to support many different types of activity, including (but not limited to):
- Creating resources
- Purchasing objects and archives
- Purchasing equipment
- Engaging consultants
- Delivering temporary exhibitions
- Working with new audiences
- Conducting visitor studies
- Developing policies and practices
- Reviewing current practices, for example, supporting governance audits and change
- Training and development opportunities
- Supporting regional networks and thematic army museum networks (for example oral history or education)
- Backfilling posts
Funding is not usually available to support on-going museum costs.
APPLYING FOR FUNDING
Your application should be completed on the official AMOT Grants application form which can be found on the
AMOT Grants section of our website. The application should include:
- Contact information for you and your organisation
- An outline of your project, the reasons your project will help your organisation, and how your project will benefit greater access to your collections
- The ability of the museum to be able to manage the project and deliver on time and on budget
- Other contributions towards the cost, including those from the bidding museum’s own resources (in-kind contributions can be included)
GRANT PROCESS TIMELINE
- Applications for funding open 2nd January 2018
- Funding support workshop 7th February 2018 Manchester
- Bids to Director of AMOT 19th February 2018 at 12 pm
- Consideration of bids by trustees February 2018
- Applicants notified March 2018
- Funding granted April 2018
Training grants will normally be limited to £150 per individual, however, we will on occasion fund applications over this amount. Bids may be submitted at any time and should demonstrate how the application meets the following criteria.
Applications are open to staff and volunteers working in museums who are part of the Army Museums Network.
We support a wide range of training opportunities for staff and volunteers including (but not limited to
- Attendance at conferences and other training events
- Attendance at network meetings
- Shadowing or meeting peers to discuss practice
- Formal courses related to museum delivery
Funding can be used to pay for:
- hotel costs
- travel costs (standard class)
- subsistence up to a value of £25 per day
- backfill of posts (for example if attendance at a training event would otherwise mean the museum would have to close).
Applications should be completed on the official training application form and should include:
- Type of training proposed or undertaken.
- Name and appointment of person(s) for whom training to be provided.
- Total cost.
- Contributions made by individuals/museum trusts or others.
- Benefit of training to museum concerned.
HOW WE ASSESS YOUR APPLICATION
Our grants panel meets annually to assess project grant applications and you will be notified of a successful or unsuccessful application by email within 6 weeks of the deadline.
Our travel grants are administered through an open programme and we aim to notify you of a successful or unsuccessful application by email within 6 weeks of paperwork submission.
We assess applications for both strands alongside the key criteria outlined above. You should ensure that your grant application demonstrates how your project will meet our objectives as closely as possible.
ACCEPTING A GRANT
If you grant application is successful, we will send you a grant acceptance letter. This letter will ask you to confirm your bank details and sign an agreement which states you aim to deliver the project in accordance with your grant submission, to time and to budget.
On receipt of your signed acceptance form, AMOT aims to transfer 100% of the funds to your bank account within 4 weeks.
By undertaking an AMOT grant, the successful applicant agrees to provide simple reporting documentation to AMOT on completion of the project. A sample reporting form can be found on our website under the AMOT Grants section. Completing the reporting forms are a condition of funding.