AIM launches grant scheme for museums improving community connections

This article was first published by Museums + Heritage.

A new programme has been announced which will financially support museums in creating community cohesion in 27 areas of England.

The Association of Independent Museums’s (AIM) Connected Communities programme has been created to increase community wellbeing in disadvantaged areas of England.

It is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Know Your Neighbourhood Fund through Arts Council England (ACE).

Grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 will be provided to museums delivering projects in eligible areas, and is open to all museums, not solely AIM members.

AIM said it is looking to fund projects which reduce the risk of loneliness and increased levels of social connections for participants, improve the accessibility of high-quality volunteering opportunities, and improve organisational relationships with local institutions and other partners engaged in similar work.