Archive Testbed Fund

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.

The Archive Testbed funding scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 (and £10,000 in the current sustainability-themed round) 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 and enable the results and learning outcomes of our support to be shared with the wider archive sector.

How to apply

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

Themed rounds

Find out about themed rounds, which are designed to encourage thinking around certain identified challenges in the sector.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to common queries about the Archives Testbed Fund

Current projects

Read about the projects that were awarded Archive Testbed grants between 2019 and 2022.