List of Funding Organisations that Support Digital Projects. 

Complied by Erin Lee, Head of Archives at the National Theatre for APAC’s Digital Preservation Group.

Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

Grants to charities will be on a matching funding basis only so that if the applicant has raised 50% of their budget the Trustees will consider awarding matching funding up to a maximum of 50%. However, if the applicant has raised less than 50% of their budget the Trustees will only consider awarding a maximum of 30% funding.

The Trust supports The National Theatre’s (NT) digital work more generally, not necessarily Archive.


Arcadia supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. We also give grants that promote open access. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $363 million to projects around the world.

Arcadia’s current focus is on promoting open access to academic publications but in theory they support preservation of heritage and culture.

Aurelius Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations involved with conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field. Charitable organisations in England and Wales are eligible to apply.

The Trust has previously supported the NT Archive but not necessarily digital projects.

Eric Anker Petersen

The Trustees explore ways in which the Charity can promote the conservation of classic films, consistent with its charitable objects.

Have supported digitisation of all NT Archive VHS and also supported Rambert digitisation.

Hellenic Foundation

The Hellenic Foundation for the Preservation of History and Culture, Inc. (“the Hellenic Foundation”), is a private, publicly supported, non-profit corporation organized and operated to preserve, promote, promulgate and commemorate the outstanding contributions of Greeks throughout the ages in the development of history, literature, philosophy, language, architecture, science, arts, religion, society and culture. 

Have previously supported NT Archive but not necessarily digital projects.

Pilgrim Trust

Our aim is to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society. We do this by supporting projects where our funds will make the greatest impact. We are also interested in projects where charities are having difficulty in raising funds from other sources. We aim to be flexible while at the same time staying within our overall priorities.

Broad remit but presumably covers digital.

Sidney E. Frank Foundation

Support NT On Demand and Shakespeare’s Globe for digitisation of archive recordings.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, focusing on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and also exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

Support NT’s digital work more generally, not necessarily Archive.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

The Foundation endeavours to strengthen, promote, and, when necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.

Supported Kew Gardens digitisation projects.

The National Archives

The Collaborate and Innovate funding programme consists of two funding schemes: the Archive Testbed Fund and the Networks for Change fund. Both schemes support a drive towards innovative practice, the development of new ideas, and collaborative approaches to problem solving.

  • Archive Testbed fund gives grants of up to £5,000
  • Networks for Change fund gives grants of up to £15,000

A range of deadlines and requirements. Focus is on digital projects, especially if they are collaborative ones.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… we use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. 

  • Largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK 
  • Leading advocate for the value of heritage
  • £6.8billion awarded to over 39,000 projects since 1994
  • £430million to invest this year
  • Offices across the UK
  • Grants from £3,000

A number of programmes. Will support digital projects but have stringent conditions for the licensing of the digital material. Have supported Rambert and the NT.


Wellcome Trust

Too many pots of funding to list individually but you can see them all here: 

Supported Kew Gardens digitisation projects.

TownsWeb Archiving

The TWA Digitisation Grant was created in support of the cultural heritage community. We identified funding as one of the primary barriers to heritage digitisation projects that UK heritage institutions faced when attempting to digitise and digitally preserve their collections. Townsweb Archiving will be offering three primary grants of equal value in order to provide as many organisations an opportunity to digitise their valuable collections.


Last updated: August 2020

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