Scoping grants

A scoping grant funds a report that incorporates expert advice on a range of areas relating to collections management and the development of your collection.

The report will provide:

  • an overview of the current status of the collection
  • analysis of its overall condition, significance, existing and potential use, levels of access, and existing documentation
  • a conclusion with recommendations about next steps and development goals for the service

The scoping grant funding scheme is a rolling programme with decisions being made on a quarterly basis.

Please note: the fund is currently heavily oversubscribed, and there is currently funding to award four scoping grants per round. We strongly advise you to contact the grant administrator, James Hodgson, at to discuss your application prior to submitting it.

Scoping grants

How to apply and application guidance

Find more information on who can apply, how to apply, and our FAQs

Further help with funding applications

Find help and guidance on writing your bid and crafting a compelling case for support

Assessment process

Find more information on how applications will be assessed and the Scoping Grants assessment panel

After your application

Find out more about what happens once the decision has been made on your application

Deadlines and key dates

See the key dates in the application and decision-making process

Current projects

Read about the projects awarded scoping grants between 2018 and 2023.