Archive Testbed Fund

  • Latest news: additional funding announced for digital engagement projects

About the Archive Testbed Fund

The archives sector employs a wide range of skilled and experienced people who have the capacity and talent to formulate new and innovative ideas for projects, systems, processes, and methods that, if developed, could have a transformative impact on the work of archives in the UK.

The Archives Testbed funding scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 for archives who would like to test, explore, or evolve a new idea that has the potential to lead to positive change or improvement to the way we keep, preserve, promote and enable access to archives. The purpose of the fund is to encourage services to trial new approaches, provide them with room to experiment even if the initiative might ultimately fail, and enable the results and learning outcomes of our support to be shared with the wider archive sector.

Additional funding for digital engagement projects

We are pleased to announce that, in additional to the £20,000 currently available to fund Archive Testbed Grants, an additional £60,000 is now available. This additional funding will fund Archive Testbed projects which are focused on digital engagement.

The additional funding will be awarded in the first two rounds of the Archive Testbed fund, therefore the application cut-off dates are:
Round 1 application cut-off: Monday 14th October 2019
Round 2 application cut-off: Monday 13th January 2020

Please feel free to contact us at to discuss your Testbed idea.

How to apply

Learn more about the eligibility criteria, the reasons to apply and how to do so.

Deadlines and key dates

Find out about the scheme's deadlines and decision timelines.

Assessment process

The assessment for funding is focused on establishing whether the idea described by the applicant is innovative, has a robust testing proposal, and could have a significant impact on the archive service and wider sector.