The National Archives and partners are seeking to address short- and medium-term structural and financial challenges in the archives sector by launching two new grants programmes in December 2022. These grants will focus on building resilience and managing situations of immediate risk for archives and their collections.
The Archives Resilience grants programme will invite archives to apply for resilience-building projects of up to £15,000. This new fund builds on the success of the COVID-19 Archives fund and the Records at Risk fund, and responds to sectoral priorities identified in our funding survey from summer 2022. When applying for a resilience grant, archives will use the Archives Service Resilience Indicator Tool, which is designed to provide archive services with a quick methodology for assessing resilience.
The National Archives will also launch a rolling programme of Records at Risk grants, designed to provide support for urgent, short-notice interventions to save historic records, in both physical and digital formats, that face immediate peril. Its focus will be on records and services that are not protected by legislation, such as archives of businesses, charities and private individuals. This will be a flexible grants programme, open to applications on a rolling basis and available for rapid distribution. You will be able to apply for interventions of up to £5,000 and will receive a quick response to your enquiry.
Take a look at our Risk and Resilience webinar which was launched on 7 December.