Announcing the 2021 Business Archives Council cataloguing grant

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is excited to announce that this year’s cataloguing grant for business archives is a one-off bumper grant! This year a single award of £7,000 is available. Funding has been provided by BAC and the former Archives and Artefacts Studies Network (A2SN).

The aim of this grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives
  • reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have academic, socio-historical and wider value
  • create opportunities for archivists, paraprofessionals and volunteers to gain experience in cataloguing business collections
  • make more business collections accessible

For 2021 additional funding is available to cover project individuals’ time to deliver an exciting educational outreach programme relating to the collection(s) which are in scope to be catalogued. The outreach activities can take any form. For example they could include podcasts, speakers for webinar events, the creation of an online resource etc. They should aim to maximise impact to the widest range of people within the limitation of the funds available.

Find out more about the criteria for the grants and how to apply on the BAC website. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. Please note that the BAC will not award a grant to the same institution within three years. BAC is delighted to have the support this year of the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG). The decision on the award of the grant will be made by a Cataloguing Grant Panel established by BAC which consists of two executive committee members, one non-executive member and a member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group. Panel members will not judge applications where they have a research or employment affiliation.

The Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives (2021) will be open from 12 April 2021. The deadline for applications is 25 June 2021. Further information including guidance notes can be found on BAC’s

Any questions should be addressed to Natalie Attwood, Grant Administrator,