The fund aims to support lectures in those parts of Scotland that are not currently served by the Society’s meetings
The Society offers grants from the Regional Fund to local archaeological, antiquarian, or similar societies to help fund a lecture (either singly or as part of a symposium or conference). A lecture supported by this fund is known as a Buchan Lecture after the founder of the Society, and the aim is to support lectures in those parts of Scotland that are not currently served by the Society’s meetings.
The Society expects that, where possible, the local society will work with other interested groups such as neighbouring societies, local civic trusts etc., to organise and publicise the meeting.
The Society offers a Regional Fund grant towards the costs of the lecturer’s travelling expenses, relevant accommodation costs and any fee; it can also support modest hospitality, hire of venue etc. but the maximum awarded for a Buchan Lecture will not exceed £300.
The Regional Fund was created through combining a generous donation from Dr Ronald G Cant in 1981 and a Bicentenary Regional Meeting Account. In 2018 Council Trustees reworded the remit to make it clear that most costs of a Buchan Lecture can be met through a Regional Fund grant of up to £300.
Regional Fund grants are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee subject to funds being available.
Societies apply direct in writing (by email or letter) to the Director of the Society providing details of the applicant, and lecture, symposium or conference and the need for a Buchan Lecture, alongside information on the lecturer and draft budget, with a clear statement of amount requested from the Society.
Applications can be made throughout the year on a first come first served basis dependent on funds being available. Funds are generally allocated for the Regional Fund by Council from 1 June each year as part of the annual budget.
The Director will examine applications and will respond with any further queries as soon as possible and in any case advise applicants whether they have been successful or not within two months of receipt of the application.
Further deadlines regarding the use of the Regional Fund and reporting will be provided on application or request.
There is no application form, please write to the Director providing details of the applicant, and lecture, symposium or conference and the need for a Buchan Lecture, alongside information on the lecturer and draft budget, with a clear statement of amount requested from the Society.
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