Apply for a grant

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

NB The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society's development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.

These grants will be the primary means by which Arcadia will contribute to the urgent task of identifying, preserving and making accessible such archival collections before they are lost to international scholarship forever.

There are two types of grant available:

  • Pilot projects have an upper limit of £10,000 and last less than a year. Individual researchers may apply for funds to assess the necessity, importance and feasibility of preserving a particular archive. Usually these will produce an in-depth survey and sample digitisation.
  • Major grants typically range from £20,000 to £50,000 and last up to two years. Individual researchers may apply for funds to locate relevant collections, arrange transferral of the documents to a suitable local archival home where appropriate, and to digitise the material.


How to Apply

The 2017 call for applications has now closed.

If, however, you are considering applying next year, all applicants must initially submit a preliminary application form.

After assessment of the preliminary applications has taken place, only those subsequently invited may submit a detailed application. Invitations to submit a detailed application will be sent by the end of December. If you have received an invitation please complete the relevant application form from the documentation links below.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of May.

Other documentation that you may want to consult includes:

Project guidelines and standards

Pilot Project documentation

Major Research Project documentation

Permission forms for the digital collections

End of grant documentation



Cultural Emergency and Response programme (CER)

If your archive is acutely threatened by a natural or man-made disaster and needs immediate action to safeguard it, the Prince Claus Fund, through its Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme, and the Whiting Foundation together offer small grants for first aid measures to protect documentary heritage under direct threat. Your documentary heritage does not necessarily have to date back to the pre-industrial period, but it needs to have clear significance to an identified group of people. The first deadline for applications is 16 September 2018 at 17:00 Amsterdam time (CET). The second deadline for applications is 1 December 2018 at 17:00 Amsterdam time (CET). Applications received after the second deadline cannot be considered.