SHARE has set up a package of support for museums which are facing challenges as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. Below is a list of new programmes we are launching to support museums in the East of England during this difficult time.

If you cannot see the help that you think you need listed below, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss this.

All the help listed below is offered FREE to Accredited museums in the East of England and is available immediately. To discuss any of the opportunities below with a member of the SHARE team, please email sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk. (Please note: we are currently working away from the office with changes to normal working patterns. We will answer enquiries and process applications as quickly as we are able.)

To find out what support and guidance is available from other organisations such as Association of Independent Museums and Arts Council England, please visit our Corona Virus Resources page which we update regularly.

Emergency Funding Support

Emergency support grants

If your museum is struggling to make ends meet during the first months of the Coronavirus crisis, we may be able to help with this first phase of our emergency support grants. We are offering grants up to £3,000 for short-term projects which help museums cope with immediate cashflow problems caused by the current situation.

Examples of projects might include:

  • accountancy support to assess your museum’s current financial status and produce a cashflow forecast
  • advice on restructuring the business
  • an immediate handover/finance plan for trustees from a staff member they would otherwise be furloughing
  • A fundraising project with an external contractor, or a member of staff who would otherwise be furloughed.
  • Any other project to raise funds for the immediate preservation of the museum business.

How to apply

To access the fund please email sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk asking to apply to the fund, with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of your museum
  • Outline of proposed project – please provide as much detail as possible, including consultants’ quotes
  • How much funding you would like to access (up to £3,000)
  • Why your need is urgent.

This is a rolling programme, there is currently no deadline for applying. Grant funds are limited so please provide as much detail as possible about your current situation and what you are proposing to do. We need to know why you need our help, rather than using the museum’s reserves  or other funding. We recommend that you talk to your County Museum Development Officer before applying and ask them to assist with your application if necessary.  Please note that we can only fund cases of exceptional need.

Eligibility and application criteria

Accredited museums and those officially Working Towards Accreditation from across the East of England are invited to apply.

Applications can not be considered:

  • To cover routine revenue costs
  • To cover the costs of activities taking place before a grant offer is made.
  • By museums that are not Accredited or actively Working Towards Accreditation.
  • From National or ACE National Portfolio Museums.

You can email us at sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk if you would like to discuss your proposal with a member of the SHARE team.


Online fundraising support

This scheme is for Accredited museums facing financial difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. We will fund and coordinate work that directly supports online fundraising for museums, through experienced web designers Starfish. Examples of projects that we will fund include:

  • Setting up an online donations platform (e.g. JustGiving)
  • Creating a social media profile to promote fundraising
  • Creating a website or single page that directly supports or links to online fundraising
  • Design and creation of an electronic newsletter to support fundraising

How to apply

Email sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk asking to apply to the fund, with the following information:

  • Name of your museum
  • Outline of proposed project and why your museum needs support
  • Two named contacts, with email addresses and phone numbers
  • Confirmation of approval by Chair of Trustees
  • Charity Number (if applicable)
  • Confirmation that you will be able to provide a range of information (e.g. museum images, bank account details etc.) to the designer on request at short notice

Before Applying

Please have a look at these resources when thinking about your project:

To help you plan your project we are also offering FREE access to a fundraising consultant (see below). Please contact him to discuss your plans before applying.

Eligibility and application criteria

Accredited museums and those officially Working Towards Accreditation from across the East of England are invited to apply.

Exclusions

Applications will not be considered:

  • To cover the costs of activities taking place before a grant offer is made.
  • By museums that are not Accredited or actively Working Towards Accreditation.
  • From National or ACE National Portfolio Museums.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will receive confirmation by email or phone. SHARE will negotiate with and coordinate the contractor who will develop your project, and we will pay the approved contractor directly.

To discuss this opportunity with us, please email sharemuseumseast@norfolk.gov.uk.

Consultant Support

Audience Development, Communications and Marketing support helpline

We have appointed Christina Lister of Christina Lister Comms  to support museums in the second phase of support. Christina can take your calls and emails about any aspect of Marketing, Communications and Audience Development. She can give you advice and help, which might include:

  • Developing a communications plan during closure
  • Engaging audiences during closure
  • Researching your audience and/or non-users
  • Reallocating or focusing marketing budget
  • Marketing and Audience Development plans for re-opening
  • Developing ideas and content for Social Media channels

Please email Christina: comms@christinalister.co.uk to arrange a time to talk.


Business support helpline

We have appointed Julie Cole of JMC Consultancy to provide support to museums with business planning, governance and HR issues. Julie is able to advise on:

  • Paid employees/workers
  • Home working
  • Lone working / safeguarding
  • Insurance cover
  • Director/Trustee decision-making
  • AGM/EGMs
  • Statutory reporting
  • Emergency financial planning
  • Planning for worse case scenarios: winding-up/dissolution

Please email Julie to arrange a time to discuss talk.


Fundraising support helpline

We have appointed David Burgess of Apollo Fundraising to support museums with immediate advice on fundraising. David is on hand to take your calls and emails about any aspect of fundraising. He can give you his advice and help with urgent need to fund-raise at this time, which might include:

  • Managing grants – both new and existing
  • Options for those with Membership schemes
  • Setting up a new fundraising appeal at this time
  • Online platforms and crowdfunding

Please email David at david.burgess@apollofundraising.com to arrange a time to talk or Tweet him @DavidBurgessFR

Please see guidance:


Volunteer support helpline

We know that many of your volunteers will be having to leave your sites and a lot of the contact between them and you and your museum will be drastically reduced.

If you have concerns, or worries about any of this then consultant Linda Brandish has kindly offered to talk things through with any of you who want to contact her. (Some of you will know Linda from SHARE volunteer training and development over the years.)

Linda is happy to give any support that she can during this crisis via email or telephone if anyone feels they have any volunteer related issues they want to share or discuss.

Please email Linda initially on linda.brandish@gmail.com

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