​The Committee's policy is to support publications or projects within the Charity's objects which are unlikely to proceed without the Charity's assistance. Where a publication or project is likely to recover its costs or show a profit, the Charity will normally make an interest-free loan.

Recent Grant Applications

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​​​​​​​​​​​In 2017 we offered support to

  • Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Society towards publication of the results of an archaeological investigation into the 12th Century Church of St. Oswald before its conversion to a private house
  • York Festival Trust towards the production of the York Mystery Plays on Wagons


In 2016 we offered support to

  • York Archaeological Trust towards the production of a stained glass version by the Minster Glaziers of the invasion of Danes under Hingaar and Hubba from the 1130 Bury St. Edmunds Manuscript for a feature of the new Jorvik Viking Centre exhibition as part of its reconstruction after the flooding


In 2015 we offered support to

  • Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society  towards the production of Volume 31 of York Historian
  • J.G.P. Taylor by way of an interest free loan towards the production of his History of Riccall
  • York Archaeological Trust towards the analysis of households in three York parishes from the transcribed Hearth Tax returns for 1672


In 2014 we offered support to

  • Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society  towards the production of Volume 30 of York Historian
  • York Archaeological Trust towards the digitisation of the results of their old excavations to make them accessible for researchers
  • Yorkshire Philosophical Society towards the construction of a walk on geological map of Yorkshire to commemorate William Smith who created the first geological map of Britain


In 2013 we offered support to

  • The Historical Towns Atlas Committee towards the production of the Historical Atlas of York
  • The University of York towards research and the production of a play called “Life in a chocolate Factory
  • Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society  towards the production of Volume 29 of York Historian
  • Professor E. Royle towards publication of a book on the Great Yorkshire Election of 1807


In 2012 we made an interest free loan to the Rowntree Society towards the production of a biography of Joseph Rowntree

In 2011 we offered support to


  • Dr. Mary Garrison towards an exhibition commemorating Alcuin’s lost library
  • Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society  towards the production of Volume 28 of York Historian
  • York Archaeological Trust Oral History Department towards the production of a book on Sport in York and the Olympic Games.


In 2010 we offered financial support to:


  • York Guilds Mystery Plays Board, to assist in producing the wagon plays in 2010
  • York Minster Fabric Rolls Project, to assist with expenses in preparing an edition and translation of these medieval documents.
  • The Borthwick Institute for Historical Research, to publish an extended version of the first Sheldon Memorial Trust Lecture.


In 2009 we offered financial support to:


  • York Archaeological Trust, for the publication of a work on St Mary’s Abbey and the King’s Manor; and towards publishing an oral history project on secondary schools in York.


In 2008 we offered financial support to:


  • York Oral History Society, for a project to produce a book and an exhibition relating to Terry’s factory.


In 2007 we offered financial support to:


  • York Archaeological Trust, towards the cost of producing a book based on the oral histories of York in World War II.
  • J.P.G.Taylor, towards the cost of producing a book of epitaphs.
  • Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society, towards the production of York Historian.
  • Sir Ron Cooke, towards the costs of publishing a catalogue of an exhibition of paintings of York Minster.
  • United Nations Association International Service, towards a children’s art exhibition.

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How To Apply

If financial assistance is provided, it is a standard requirement for this to be properly acknowledged in the publication, and for a copy of the publication to be donated to the Trust. The Trust’s annual income is in the region of £3,000 and as a general rule grants are unlikely to exceed £500. Where a project is expected to make a profit, The Trust may make an interest free loan of up to £1,000 repayable once the costs of the project have been recovered. Applications should be made to:
The Honorary Secretary,
10 Orchard Garth,
Copmanthorpe,
York
​YO23 3YP


Applications by email are an advantage since this makes it easier to circulate the information to members of the Committee. Emails should be addressed to martinpickard@pick73.plus.com.
  • ​An outline of the project explaining how it falls within the Trust’s objects which are: the promotion or encouragement of education in history or the arts primarily but not exclusively in so far as such subjects are associated with the City of York.

  • The format of the publication, eg A4, A5, soft/hardback, number of pages, number of illustrations, print run and how the publication is to be marketed. 

  • A sample of content.


  • A basic business plan setting out expected costs and anticipated income. Copies of printers’ estimates should be included if available. 

  • Details of any other grant applications being made. 

  • The timing of the project and when payment of any grant is likely to be required.
There is no application form. Applicants for grants or loans are invited to apply in writing, at any time, providing  information on as many of the following points as are applicable in their case: (Although most projects supported are publications and the following points reflect this, other projects falling within the objects of the Trust may be assisted).