Current funding opportunities

current-fundingThis 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.

Transition Funding

Grants from £10,000 to £100,000

Transition funding is available to UK organisations that want to achieve significant strategic change in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term. This can be through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income-generation.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime. Your application will be discussed at a monthly advisory meeting at your local Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) office.

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.

Wellcome 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.