The primary purposes for which the Trust is established are to promote the conservation and preservation of archives for the benefit of the public and to advance public education on matters connected with archives. One of the main ways in which we do this is by providing funds by way of grants so that local history projects can be progressed. The success rate for applications has been high so don’t hesitate to contact us about a project that you would like our support for. We will help guide you on any application. 

Small grant applications are considered by the Grants Committee every two to three weeks and Main Grants are considered every six months although there is scope for an extraordinary meeting to consider an ’emergency’ application.

Grants Criteria

Grant applications are judged on the extent to which they meet one or more of the following five eligibility criteria although considerably more detail is expected for main and emergency grants (between £500 and £10,000) than for Small Grants (up to £500). 

  • Preservation of Hampshire archives for public benefit.
  • Display of archives for public benefit.
  • Encouragement of the wider knowledge of and understanding of archives.
  • Promotion of research into and the publication of archival material.
  • Support case or events linked to archive collections.

how could you use a grant?

The HAT has funded local groups and individual projects as well as projects set up by larger organisations.  Perhaps you’ve found recorded materials, photographs or legal documents with great local historical value or maybe you’d like to create an educational resource for young people. There are lots of examples of projects that the HAT has funded shown below and which could help to give you some ideas. You can download the small grants application form and the main grants application form. If you are not at that stage yet but would like some feedback on an idea/proposal then by all means complete our Grants Enquiry form and we’ll give you the guidance you need to make an application.


Lockerley Deeds

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Two medieval documents for property in Lockerley bought for Hampshire In April 2019 Hampshire Archives Trust provided the funds for Hampshire Archives to purchase in

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Hampshire Archives Trust
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S023 8TH

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