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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 (MAAF) offers up to £1000 to voluntary groups, societies and individuals from England and Wales, to support new or existing innovative research projects, that enhance the understanding of the local heritage, through the direct involvement of the community.

Project proposals can cover any aspect of the archaeological research, from the production and analysis of data including excavation, geophysics, buildings recording, landscape survey, experimental archaeology and field walking. Applications are also welcomed from projects using new methods of engagement and dissemination that will help introduce a wider audience to archaeology.

The Mick Aston Archaeology Fund is now also accepting applications for excavations relating to metal detecting spot finds. Further details on the terms and conditions relating to this type of grant can be found in the guidelines below.   

Project case studies

One of our former successful projects shared 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: 2017/18 and 2018/19. Funding is not currently available for Wales. Applications are welcomed from projects in England.

Mick Aston Archaeology Fund 2018 guidelines (618.4K, .PDF)
Mick Aston Archaeology Fund 2018 guidelines

Mick Aston Archaeology Fund 2018 application form (1.3M, .DOCX)
Mick Aston Archaeology Fund 2018 application form

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