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Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
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Research Guidance Notes

Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Research Fund, Guidance notes for those applying for grants

A research fund was established in 1923 and since that date additional sums of money have been added to the initial investment. The original trust deed speaks of using the income arising from the fund for "...such work of archaeological or antiquarian research as the Trustees think fit."

The Society welcomes applications for grants from this fund along the following guidelines:

  1. Applications are invited for research which focuses on the archaeology and history of Leicestershire or Rutland. Research which places evidence from these counties into a broader regional or national framework is also welcome.
  2. Non-members of the society are eligible to apply for funding
  3. Applicants would be expected to disseminate the results of their research to members of the society by giving a lecture to the society and/or publishing in one of the annual publications which the society produces. On big projects, progress reports would be expected as a condition of an award.
  4. Grants from the Society should be acknowledged in any publication or display that results.
  5. Average grants in recent years have been in the region of 500, but larger sums are now possible if this can be justified by the importance of the project.
  6. Applicants should complete the form on the website and send this by email to the Chair of Trustees of the Research Fund as indicated on the form, along with any supporting documentation for circulation to other Trustees. Grants can be made at any time of year but there is a limited fund for each financial year.
  7. Applicants will be expected to name one or two people who can write in support of the research project with one named as the primary referee.
  8. Trustees are keen to support primary research. Applications might be for travel to do field work or visit archives, costs of equipment and consumables, such as finds bags or excavation tools, or work connected with preparing reports for publication, such as drawings and photographs. Grant will not be made for fees or living expenses for students writing theses.