Decision Maker: Executive Director: Growth and Regeneration
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
NPO investment and status enables Bristol
Museums to maximise opportunities to engage citizens in culture and
arts through ground-breaking programming that increases access and
addresses issues of inequality and diversity, making Bristol a
fairer and more attractive place to live, work, visit and invest.
It enables us to amplify our efforts and impact through city,
region, national and international partnerships, reflecting the
wider ambitions for the city. Specifically, it will:
•Equality. Enable an inclusive programme of activities that celebrate the unique creative and cultural diversity in Bristol that is accessible to everyone
•Health. Fund activities to increase participation in culture and support well-being/a sense of belonging
•Sustainability. Engage communities and build resilience to address the climate emergency through positive behaviour change
•Social value. Build social value by fostering learning, identity, belonging, well-being, tolerance and cohesion. Funded activities will provide sources of inspiration, creativity and celebration in the city.
Approval of submission of application to Arts
Council England (ACE) for two grant awards for investment in
Bristol City Council’s Museums and South West Museum
Development as part of their remit as a National Portfolio
The grants will deliver significant investment in Bristol’s Museums and support to museums across the south west region. Bristol Museums already receives NPO funding on an annual basis of £1,364,320 towards the delivery of five accredited museums that are the mainstay of the city’s civic culture and arts provision. In addition, the Service receives £2,141,296 from ACE for the delivery of Museum Development in the south west of England.
Option 1 - ACE’s NPO investment
currently equates to around 20% of Bristol Museums’ operating
budget. On this basis, not to apply for funding would impact the
capacity, reputation, and sustainability of a nationally recognised
Service, resulting in a decrease of cultural activity, opportunity
and impact across the city, its communities and visitors.
Whilst a range of other funders support the sector e.g. National Lottery Heritage Fund, there are few sources of substantial long-term revenue funding. In addition, South West Museum Development is wholly funded by ACE and it vital to the viability of smaller regional museums across the region through a programme of small grants, training and sector development.
If Bristol City Council did not apply for ACE NPO funding, greater strain would be placed on Council budgets and Service commercial income targets that, as we recover from the pandemic, would lace the Service at risk.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -
Publication date: 14/09/2022
Date of decision: 13/09/2022