Event Support Grants are offered in Spring and Autumn to support institutions when hosting events in the field of British art or architectural history.

The Grant is an award of up to £3,000 towards the practical expenses incurred in hosting lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public. 

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic the following changes have been made for spring 2021:

  1. As above, applicants can still apply for expenses (up to £3,000) incurred in hosting events in their ‘usual’ format when it is safe and convenient to do so.
  2. Applicants can instead apply for expenses (up to £1,500) incurred in hosting online events and educational programmes, such as:
  • Online live lectures, conferences or workshops given as webinars
  • Pre-recorded video lectures, seminars or exhibition tours to be hosted online
  • Audio or podcast formatted lectures, seminars or talks

Scope

Event Support Grants are awards of £3,000 specifically designed to support institutions in hosting events in the field of British art or architectural history such as lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public.

Institutions may claim for the following costs:

  • Venue hire
  • Travel and accommodation costs for speakers
  • Catering costs
  • Printing and publicity
  • Allocation of free or reduced-fee places for students
  • Staffing costs
  • Tools to increase accessibility of the event (eg. live captioning, BSL translator hire, live stream capabilities and equipment hire such as wheelchair ramps, induction loop facility etc.) 

Spring 2021 changes: applicants can apply for costs of up to £1,500 towards the practical costs in hosting online events in the field of British art or architectural history for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public.

In this instance institutions may claim for the following costs:

  • Equipment hire for producing video recordings and/or audio formats
  • Speaker fees/honorariums
  • Staffing costs
  • Publicity costs
  • Fees associated with virtual event hosting platforms (e.g. Zoom subscription)
  • Tools to increase accessibility of the event (eg. live captioning)

Funding

Event Support Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £3,000 for ‘in person’ events and up to £1,500 for online events. Applications for less than the maximum for either are eligible.

The award will be paid directly to the institution as a lump sum only.

Eligibility

Our funding programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of British art and architectural history, and of British visual culture understood more broadly, from the medieval period to the present day. All supported events must have a clear art-historical perspective, including those that focus on recent or contemporary artistic practice. All applications must demonstrate that British art, architecture or visual culture provides a substantial focus for their event. Applications will be assessed according to their academic rigour, originality, and contribution to scholarship. We do not fund events focusing on archaeology, current architecture practice, or the performing arts.

Event Support Grants are open to institutional applicants only, applications for collaborative events are permitted yet one of the institutions must be nominated as the lead for the Grant administration.

For further questions on eligibility please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager.

Application

Event Support Grants are offered in both our Autumn and Spring round of funding, applications for Autumn will open mid August and close on 30 September, applications for Spring will open mid November and close on 31 January. Applications for the spring 2021 awards will open Monday 23 November 2020 and close on 31 January 2021.

To apply for an Event Support Grant you must use our online system at grants.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk. Once registered you will be able to fill out the online application form (example of which can be downloaded below), no referees are required for this award.

Requirements:

  • Within six months of completion of the supported event the recipient must submit a final written report and send any materials (such as conference programme) to the Fellowships & Grants Manager