Art Fund’s The Wild Escape: Project Grants 2022 and Bid Writing Support

Thinking of applying for The Wild Escape funding?

If you are based in Yorkshire, do get in contact with Museum Development Yorkshire to talk through your ideas or if you have any questions:

For those who may need further help with shaping their bids, we are delighted to offer one-to-one support with consultant Jenni Waugh. The sessions with Jenni are available on a first come first served basis. Talk to MDY if you would like book a session.

“Hello!  I’m Jenni Waugh.  I’ve worked in the heritage sector as an Archivist, community engagement specialist and independent consultant for over 25 years.  I have a successful track record in bidding for, managing and evaluating projects supported by a range of funders including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council, Esmee Fairbairn and the Art Fund. Over the last 3 years I have worked closely with West Midlands Museum Development to provide effective one-to-one bid-writing support to organisations, some of whom then submitted their first ever successful applications.  It’s such a huge privilege and pleasure to support organisations to get their feet on the fund-raising ladder and express their potential. I look forward to hearing from you!”

What is The Wild Escape?

Museum Development England is working in partnership with Art Fund on The Wild Escape – a new UK-wide creative project for museums to engage with schools and families, inspired by the nature around us.

Together with Art Fund we are encouraging as many museums, galleries and historic houses to participate as possible by running your own activities, workshops and events – big or small – to support the project.

If you want to get involved, the best way to start is by registering your interest so you’ll be the first to get exclusive updates about the project.

The Wild Escape project is made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants.

What funding is available?

Funding is not a prerequisite for getting involved, but where organisations do require financial support, we are administering grants made possible through Art Fund investment, from £500 to £3,000 (and for consortia up to £24,000) available.

Grants are available from £500 – £3,000 for individual applicants and up to £24,000 for consortia applications.  Activity must be delivered between 21 November 2022 and 1 May 2023. The application deadline: 9am Wednesday 2 November 2022

Where can I find out more?

For more information, please read our grant scheme guidance for full details of the opportunity: The Great Escape Grants Guidance

The Wild Escape grant application questions:

The Great Escape Grant Funding Application Questions
The Great Escape Grant Funding Application Questions template

How do I apply?

Please contact us if you have access requirements and require an alternative format for applying.

Applications received after the grant scheme deadline of 9am Wednesday 2 November 2022 will not be considered.

Applications submitted via any other method without prior approval will not be considered.

Please note: The Great Escape has been officially re-named The Wild Escape. This name captures Art Fund’s aim of encouraging the next generation to picture the future of UK wildlife through museum collections. The name change has no impact on museum funding applications made to The Great Escape.