What does it cost?
The Programme represents an investment of £7,500 per participant by Arts Council England.
So, If I am SELECTED IS THE PROGRAMME FREE OF CHARGE?
No, we make a registration and administration charge of £795 (£954 inc. VAT) payable to the Black Country Living Museum. For this you get the year's programme of 8 workshops and 2 residentials, all learning materials, access to the MRL learning legacy resource bank, mentoring support throughout the year, UK travel (see below) and the costs of the Overseas Study Visits (OSVs). See also Bursaries.
WHAT travel COSTS ARE COVERED?
There is a travel allowance of £1,350 per participant and you are expected to plan and book your travel within the UK and overseas within that sum (including any VAT which your organisation applies to reclaims to MRL - see below). Refer to the current programme and OSVs to see the likely pattern of travel for your programme.
The workshop start and finish times are organised to allow for the use of public transport for the vast majority of participants.
You are free to top up the travel budget from your own or your organisation's funds, i.e. if you wish to go over the £1,350 allowance. MRL administration keeps a running record of your expenditure and there is a prompt repayment system, once you have made a claim.
TRAVEL and ACCOMMODATION COSTS - Reclaim Procedure
You are required to submit your travel, expenses and accommodation claims within the month during which they were incurred.
overseas study visit
Our experience is that it can take several weeks of patient organisation to put all of the elements of the OSV in place. It's important that the organisation you visit has been on a 'resilience journey' and that you can get access to the right people to learn more. The OSV also takes a large proportion of the MRL travel budget for each participant. All of this indicates that if you are accepted on the Programme you should start start planning immediately.