Assessment process

Our cataloguing grants strand has a two-phase application process:

  • Phase 1 focuses on determining eligibility and meeting basic requirements, followed by assessing the significance of the collection and the need for cataloguing
  • Phase 2 focuses on project planning, reliability and likelihood that the applicant can successfully deliver the project

Phase 1

The Archives Revealed team firstly carries out an internal assessment to ensure that all eligibility criteria and minimum requirements are met. To pass the internal assessment:

  • Your application should be complete with all requested information and attachments provided
  • Your organisation and project should be eligible to apply to the cataloguing grants programme
  • You should offer access to your archive collection to people outside the organisation
  • You should have access to professional archival expertise
  • You should not have submitted another application for an Archives Revealed cataloguing grant in this round or have an ongoing project from a previous round

Please see How to apply and Help with your application for more guidance.

Applications that pass the internal assessment are sent for consideration and scoring by the Cataloguing Grants Assessment Panel. Panel members score applications according to agreed criteria for phase 1 in advance of an assessment meeting. At the assessment meeting, all applications are discussed and the panel agree which applications will be invited to make a phase 2 application. Full feedback is given to unsuccessful applicants at this stage.

Phase 2

Applications at phase 2 also go through an internal assessment before being scored and assessed by the Cataloguing Grants Assessment Panel. Once again, the assessment panel members score the applications according to agreed criteria for phase 2 in advance of the assessment meeting. At the assessment meeting, all applications are discussed and the panel makes final decisions regarding successful applications and funding awards.

Cataloguing grants assessment panel

The assessment panel for cataloguing grants is an independent panel made up of eight members, including the chair. Members are selected to represent a broad range of organisations and geographical spread. Selection is based on their knowledge of the archive sector, knowledge of cataloguing, and understanding of how to assess the significance of collections.