How to apply

The application process

Archives Revealed has a two-phase application process:

  • Phase 1 – expression of interest
  • Phase 2 – full application

Phase 1

In Phase 1, applicants outline their proposed cataloguing project and express how projects contribute to the overall vision and aims of the Archives Revealed programme. Phase 1 is also a chance to check an applicant’s eligibility and explore any other potential issues. On average, 30-35% of Phase 1 applications are invited to Phase 2, which is usually between 16 and 20 applicants.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, applicants provide a more detailed outline of their proposed cataloguing project. The full application will cover:

  • how the project fits into your organisation’s strategic plan
  • the significance and use of the collection
  • your approach to cataloguing
  • the impact that the cataloguing project will have on audiences

You can find out more about how we assess applications at each phase on our ‘assessment process‘ webpage.

Deadlines and key dates

Round 5 is now closed
This round is now in progress and general applications have now closed.

If you applied in Phase 1, you will be informed if you have been invited to Phase 2 by mid-February 2022. The deadline to submit Phase 2 applications is 22 April 2022.

A new round of cataloguing grants will open in autumn 2022.

We are looking forward to talking to applicants from all types of archives about their proposed cataloguing projects. To discuss your application ideas or the ways we can help, please email us at archivegrants@nationalarchives.gov.uk

How do I apply?

The next round of cataloguing grants will be announced in autumn 2022. If you have any enquiries about the cataloguing grant programme, including about eligibility, please check the guidance on the ‘about the grants’ webpage or contact us at archivegrants@nationalarchives.gov.uk for a chat.