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.

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. Through all areas of our work, including our grants and fellowships programme, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge of British art and architecture. As an institution, we pledge ourselves to ensuring that the histories of British art are enriched and made more relevant to a broader range of people in the future. The inclusion of voices, narratives and experiences that have been marginalised or excluded in the past will have a transformational impact on the future of the Centre and upon British art studies. Accordingly, the Paul Mellon Centre particularly welcomes applications from those who are under-represented within the academic field of the humanities in the UK.


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


Event Support Grants are offered for up to a maximum of £3,000.

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


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.


Event Support Grants are offered in both our Autumn and Spring round of funding, applications for Autumn will open in August and close on 30 September, applications for Spring will open mid November and close on 31 January.

The next round of Event Support Grants will open on 8 August 2022 and close on 30 September 2022.

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.


  • 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