The fund is open to all eligible organisations located in the United Kingdom; there are no restrictions on the nature of the organisation applying, and applications from not-for-profit, public sector and for-profit organisations are equally welcome. 

Other eligibility requirements are: 

  • The organisation must have an archive collection which is the subject of the application, which must be located in the UK; 
  • If the archive is not currently accessible for public use, the organisation must have the intention to make the collection freely accessible to the public; 
  • The organisation must employ or have access to professional support from an archivist or similar. 

The awards cannot fund: 

  • Overheads, full cost recovery or management fees 
  • Collections acquisition 
  • Costs incurred prior to the date of any award offer from us 

However, most other cost categories will be eligible – our intention is to support the resilience-building activity that you have identified as a priority, as flexibly as possible. 

If you have any questions on whether an activity or cost is eligible, please contact archivegrants@nationalarchives.gov.uk 

When appropriate, archives are encouraged to propose partnership projects and consortium applications are welcome. 


Governance and administration of the Fund

The administration of the fund by The National Archives’ Grants and Funding Office will be supported by a panel of experts drawn from the membership of the Records at Risk Steering Group (under the auspices of The British Records Association, Friends of National Libraries, the Archives and Records Association and Business Archives Council).  

The panel will be responsible for scoring the applications and will meet to discuss and agree the ultimate recipients.