The National Archives (UK) offers new grant funding

The Collaborate and Innovate programme empowers archives to develop creativeideas and collaborative approaches through two funding schemes.

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A dynamic new grant programme, funded by The National Archives, is now open for applications; The Collaborate and Innovate programme empowers archives to develop creative ideas and collaborative approaches through two funding schemes:

  • The Archive Testbed Fund,  micro grants of up to £5,000 to archives who want to explore, pilot or evolve an innovative idea that may lead to positive change for the archive. Importantly, the funded archives will be able to experiment without fear of failure and their learning outcomes will be shared for the wider sector to use. If you are looking for inspiration regarding what to apply for, please check out our Collaborate and Innovate Inspiration Guide.   An additional £60,000 is now available to fund Archive Testbed projects with a digital engagement focus.  The additional funding will be awarded before 31st March, thus if you have an idea now would be a brilliant time to put in application!
  • The Networks for Change Fund, grants of up to £15,000 to groups of archives wanting to start a new network, strengthen an existing partnership or undertake a network development project. Strong networks contribute to an efficient and resilient archive sector and help archives improve many aspects of their service, including skills, access, engagement and value for money.

 Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Collections and Research at The National Archives, said: ‘I am delighted with the launch of the Collaborate and Innovate funding programme which will provide archives with the crucial freedom to explore innovative ideas and work together in new ways. This ability to be bold will lead to outcomes that will make a real difference to archives in the UK.’

 Both the Archive Testbed Fund and Networks for Change Fund will work on a rolling basis with funding decisions being made quarterly:

Next Round: Application cut-off Monday 13th January 2020,  funding decisions will be announced Monday 24th February 2020

 If you have an idea that you’d like to discuss please contact Beth and Lucy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we’d be pleased to talk through your proposal and answer any questions you have about the application process.  Further details about the scheme including full application guidance can be found here: Collaborate and Innovate