Orkney Archaeology Society has capacity to provide small grants for archaeological research projects.  The amount available for grants each year is variable so we assess each application as it comes in. 


Grants are allocated on a quarterly basis, and applications must be received by the deadline of the 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December in order to be considered for that quarter.


Projects suitable for funding must be essentially research-led and focussed on Orkney.  The sorts of project involved could for example include field survey; building recording; excavation; post-excavation; specialist archaeological services (e.g. dating, finds analysis); museum/archive-based research.

OAS will not make grants towards primarily developer-funded projects or profit making/commercial projects

We will not normally fund projects which are part of a taught academic degree.

You can apply as an individual or as a member of an organisation.  The money may be used for pump-priming for larger projects, supplementing monies from other grant-giving bodies or as total funding for small, inexpensive pieces of work.

We will not award  grants retrospectively for work which has already been completed by the applicant

To apply

You are welcome to download a grant application form and guidance notes where you will be able to describe your proposal for committee approval.

Recent grants

Recent grants have been made to:

Caroline Wickham-Jones to support the Rising Tide project
Dr David Griffiths to support the Birsay-Skaill Landscape project
Antonia Thomas to support the Braes of Ha’Breck, Wyre, project

Other help we can offer

The Society can publicise your project through its newsletter, website and email distribution list.  If you need helpers, we can also contact our list of volunteers who have expressed an interest in taking part in Orkney-based projects – many of these volunteers are highly skilled and experienced.

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