Research Funding

The ARA Research, Development and Advocacy Fund supports projectswithin the archives and records sector that promote CPD, standards guidance,accessibility, advocacy and awareness of recordkeeping issues. Ifyou have an idea, do get in touch

If you are a body working within the archive or records sector and are looking for funding to support a related piece of research, development or advocacy, we may be able to help.

Please note the next round of Research Funding applications will be from October 2021. No funds are available until then.

As a charity the ARA has a designated research and advocacy fund to support projects involving the creation, use, administration and conservation of archives and records, and for articulating and advocating the unique identity, role and contribution of records and archives.

About the research and advocacy fund

The ARA research and advocacy fund aims to support projects within the archives and records sector which:

  • Improve and widen education, training and continued professional development
  • Develop and spread guidance on standards for archive-related working
  • Investigate and develop improved methods for administering, preserving and making archives accessible
  • Gather and disseminate information on archives and archive-related operations
  • Advocates to stakeholders, policy makers and the public the importance of the preservation and provision of appropriate access to records and archives

Applicants to the research and advocacy fund should be supported and presented by organisations i.e. public/charititable/other, Association Sections, Groups or Regions. Unfortunately we are not able to consider applications from individuals, trading companies and solely commercial organisations.

Why make use of it?

A successful application may be able to receive full funding for projects requiring £3000 or less and up to 75% of funding for larger projects.

However, it's not just about financial support. The ARA will also look to promote the findings or activities of the research or advocacy, and publish its final report

How to use it and apply

All applications for research or advocacy funding must include:

  • A project summary including the amount of grant required from the Association
  • A detailed description of the project and its context
  • An outline of the benefits of the project
  • An operational plan
  • A budget plan, including other sources of income where appropriate

Please email your applications to the Fund Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Need more information?

See some example Research Work. 

Cloud Computing Toolkit

Cloud Computing Project Report  

Volunteering in Collections Care

Business Archives in Scotland: Data Mapping Project