The AIM Hallmarks Awards support organisations in England and Wales by providing grants for museums to develop their work using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums. In Round Two £22,500 is available for museums in Wales and £50,000 for museums in England.

The AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums identify what it is about how successful heritage organisations work that enables them to prosper and thrive and are intended to help museums begin to use the principles in the Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

This can involve organisational health checks using the AIM Hallmarks leading to developing new ways of working or using the Hallmarks to review areas of current activity to test how they can be strengthened.

Museums which have already identified development needs reflecting the principles of the Hallmarks can apply for funding to put their ideas into practice and progress programmes of work which will enable them to become more resilient and to prosper in the future.

Helen Wilkinson, AIM Assistant Director, said: “The Hallmarks Awards enable museums to test out good ideas or to review their work. We are really delighted to be able to offer these grants to support museums to find out how they can translate the great ideas in Hallmarks into practice.”

AIM is also running a Hallmarks event in Cardiff on 8 September, which will explore the ideas behind the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums and explain the different opportunities to engage with the programme. If you are considering applying to the AIM Hallmarks Awards in Round Two, attending this session will help to inform your application.

The Closing date for all applications is 7 October 2016.

Application and guidance – England.

Application and guidance – Wales.

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