Virgin and Child, from the Henry of Chichester Missal, Salisbury, c.1250. Rylands Latin MS 24. © University of Manchester

AMARC aims ‘to promote the accessibility, preservation and study of manuscripts and archives of all periods in libraries and other research collections in Great Britain and Ireland’.

AMARC invites applications from fully paid-up individual or institutional members for grants in areas such as the following:

  • Help in defraying the costs of holding conferences and workshops.
  • Assistance to scholars in obtaining reproductions or undertaking essential travel as part of projects whose aims are in line with those of AMARC.
  • The provision of equipment to facilitate access to manuscripts and archives.
  • Support for small projects such as the web-publication of unpublished catalogues.
  • Carrying out conservation work on manuscripts or archives.

Funding levels may vary from year to year, but it is anticipated that the Committee will make awards of not more than £500 each. Applications will particularly be encouraged from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early-career researchers.

Applications should comprise: a brief outline of the project, conference or work; the sum being sought, with a breakdown of costs that is as detailed as possible; the names and addresses of two referees; details of the addressee for the cheque. Retrospective applications for funding will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted to Matthew Holford, AMARC, Hon. Acting Treasurer (Bodleian Libraries, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG or at any time during the year and they will be considered at the next Committee meeting. Committee meetings are usually held in April and November, and the next deadline for grant applications is 1st November 2022. In exceptional circumstances, grant applications to a limit of £250 can be considered in advance of a Committee meeting.

Successful applicants will be asked to submit for publication in the AMARC Newsletter a brief report (300-500 words) of the event or other use to which the grant was put.

Other grant giving bodies in the field include the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT) and the Friends of the National Libraries (FNL).