Friends play a vital role in supporting museums through volunteering, fundraising and in many other ways.The BAFM Impact Award recognises that hard work and celebrates the difference that groups have made to the life of their museum or heritage site. 

Why apply for the BAFM Impact Award? 

The Award winner will receive a certificate presented at the BAFM National Conference and a £1,000 donation to their group to enable the work to continue. The Award-winning group will be featured in a major article in our national BAFM Journal, showcasing their work and sharing best practice. Shortlisted groups will receive a certificate acknowledging their work and will also be featured in the Journal, promoting their groups and inspiring other Friends around the UK.  

For those groups applying for grant funding, the BAFM Impact Award would be a great addition to future funding applications for both your group and the museum as evidence of a track record of success.  

How to apply? 

The application process is straightforward and has three parts. You will need to: complete our Impact Award application form, supply a letter of support from the museum, gallery or heritage site that your group supports and send us any supporting evidence – in the form of testimonials, press cuttings, photos, videos, newsletter articles, blogposts etc.  

You can find Guidance Notes on how to structure your application here: BAFM Impact Award Guidance Notes

Open to All 

We are encouraging Friends groups of all sizes to apply as the Impact Award focuses on how groups support their museums. This may be through fundraising, helping to reach a new audience, preserving local heritage, working with other charities or organisations to support museums or in other ways that have an impact on the museum and its visitors. 

If your group is thinking about applying, but is not sure, contact Dave Adgar, on the BAFM Awards Team at for a friendly chat. 

The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2022