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. We do not have deadline dates – grant applications can be submitted at any time – and applications will be assessed as quickly as possible.
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.
You are welcome to download a grant application form and guidance notes where you will be able to describe your proposal for committee approval.
We do not have deadline dates – grant applications can be submitted at any time – and applications will be assessed as quickly as possible.
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.