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The National Archives launches 'Collaborate and Innovate' funding programme

The National Archives has launched a new 'Collaborate and Innovate' funding programme. The programme comprises two funding schemes: the Archive Testbed fund and the Networks for Change fund. Both support a drive towards innovative practice, the development of new ideas, and collaborative approaches to problem solving.


The Archive Testbed Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to archive services who want to test, explore, pilot or evolve an innovative idea that may lead to positive change and improvement for the individual archive and the wider sector.


The Networks for Change Fund provides grants of up to £15,000. Grants will be awarded to groups of archives services wanting to:


  • develop a new archives network or partnership
  • strengthen an existing network or partnership to develop a robust and sustainable body able to collaborate effectively and deliver shared interest projects
  • undertake a development project within an existing network, leading to positive change for the archives, the network and the wider archive sector.
Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Collections and Research at The National Archives, said: ‘I am delighted with the launch of the Collaborate and Innovate funding programme which will provide archives with the crucial freedom to explore innovative ideas and work together in new ways. This ability to be bold will lead to outcomes that will make a real difference to archives in the UK.’

Both the Archive Testbed Fund and Networks for Change Fund will work on a rolling basis so applications can be submitted at any time.


Archive Testbed Round 1 cut-off date: Monday 14 October 2019 (decisions will be announced week commencing 9 December).


Networks for Change Round 1 cut-off date: Monday 28 October 2019 (decisions announced week commencing 9 December).