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Mick Aston Archaeology Fund

Planning an archaeological dig with your community? Have you considered the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund? Supported by Historic England and Cadw, the fund encourages voluntary effort in making original contributions and the study and care of the historic environment.

Challenge Funding Damerham Hampshire project

Who is eligible?

The Mick Aston Archaeology Fund (previously known as Challenge Funding) is open to applicants in England and Wales.


Voluntary groups, societies and individuals are invited to put forward proposals to support new or existing innovative research projects, which will enhance the understanding of local heritage, and thus aid its future care. Applicants which encourage the participation of young people are encouraged.

Applicants can ask for up to £1,000 grant, just fill in the application form. This is found below at the bottom of our website. Tell us in as much detail as you can how you will use this grant to aid your project.

Project case studies

One of our former successful projects told us their experience:


The Church Meadow Ewell Project was jointly run by the Surrey Archaeological Society and Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology Society.


The site sits on the north-eastern extent of the Romano British settlement alongside Stane Street. The grant used was to help with the hire of equipment and provide site facilities for the army of 70 volunteers during the three weeks of excavations.
A particular aim of this project was to retrieve and process environmental samples giving the organisers the opportunity to run training sessions for volunteers.

You can also see more selected projects that have been awarded grants from the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund here.

How to apply

To apply to the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund, read the Guidelines below, and if you think you are eligible download the application form below and return to us via post or email, along with two referee letters.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Please note: All funds available for projects in Wales in the funding year 2015-16 have now been allocated.  There are still funds available for projects in England.

Mick Aston Archaeology Fund - guidelines for England (613.0K, .PDF)
Mick Aston Archaeology Fund - guidelines for England

Mick Aston Archaeology Fund - application for England (1.9M, .DOCX)
Mick Aston Archaeology Fund - application form

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