Researchers in the Search Room, University Archives and Special Collections Centre. Courtesy of University of Arts London, Luke Potter Photography

This section is designed to highlight newly announced funding opportunities, upcoming closing dates for grants programmes and news related to fundraising. Archives services are strongly advised to look at the section on Developing a fundraising strategy before considering whether to apply for any of the sources listed below.

Heritage Lottery Fund £10 million funding for anniversaries

The money will be invested to ensure that those moments which form a central part of our national history are commemorated and understood.

Events such as the Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympic and Paralympics Games showed how events can bring the people of the UK together. This new funding reflects the fact there is enormous enthusiasm to provide more opportunities to foster the sense of community spirit and national pride that such events can inspire. It will help to highlight important historical dates that will resonate with people and communities right across the UK.

The funding will be provided to ensure that projects of all sizes can apply for support from smaller grants of a few thousand pounds up to grants over £2 million.

More information is on the HLF website.

Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War small grants programme

An additional fund of £6 million is available to enable young people working in their communities to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War.

The programme will run over six years from 2013 and forms part of the Government's Centenary programme. You can find out more on the HLF website.

Heritage Lottery Fund general programmes

Please check the HLF website for details of the final application dates in your area under the current programmes below:

Find more information about projects which recently received lottery grants.

For information about programmes from 2013-2018 see the Heritage Lottery Fund Strategic Framework.

Encouraging legacy giving

Find out more about the Legacy10 campaign aiming to increase the number of people leaving money to charitable causes in their will.

Collecting Cultures (deadline 2 May 2014)

An investment of £5 million which aims to make a real difference in helping the UK's museums, libraries and archives develop their collections. The initiative is intended to:

  • support the development of collections and their use through strategic acquisition programmes, related research and public programmes
  • enhance the professional knowledge and skills of staff working in museums, libraries and archives
  • use strategic collecting programmes to support the funded museums, libraries and archives to increase resilience as an organisation

Find out more and apply for a grant from £50,000 to £500,000.

Capital funding call for digital transformations in community research

AHRC is offering an opportunity for local communities to work with researchers to explore new research opportunities. Its key focus is creating new projects leading to a new, or significantly enhanced, asset of enduring value for communities and for future research.

Welcome Trust - Research resources

Research resources - programme which provides funding for cataloguing, preservation, digitisation, and so on, of archives and books. The programme defines the history of medicine quite broadly and applicants can include mental health and wellbeing type projects.