Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced the first recipients of its new Partnership Fund grant scheme, awarding a total of £3,566,935 to a range of organisations, including the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland for their ScARF and Dig It! projects.
Designed to support a relatively small number of third-sector organisations, the new fund is available to organisations with established activities closely aligned with HES strategic priorities. This includes projects which have a positive national impact for Scotland’s historic environment or the historic environment sector.
ScARF have been awarded £276,060 to create and deliver a new Regional Research Framework for the Clyde Valley area, a diverse region home to more than a third of Scotland’s population£28,948 has also been awarded to support the completion of Scotland’s islands Research Framework for Archaeology following the successful final SIRFA symposium in Orkney in March.
Dig It! have also been awarded £318,236 to continue their work for three more years. This means that the team can keep working to ensure that everyone is able to discover Scotland’s stories through archaeology, by promoting free and low-cost archaeology events across the country, sharing stories from the sector, coordinating the annual summer Scotland Digs campaign, supporting other initiatives with an emphasis on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and more.
Dr Simon Gilmour FSAScot, Director of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, said:
“I am very pleased that our fantastic projects have been granted funding from Historic Environment Scotland, which will enable the ScARF team to deliver research frameworks for the Scottish Islands and the Clyde Valley, and for the Dig It! team to continue their work promoting Scottish archaeology for the benefit of all.”
Susan O’Connor, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland , said:
“I am delighted to announce the recipients of our new Partnership Fund which we launched just last year. We are supporting a diverse range of organisations as part of the scheme, from archaeology and traditional skills development to community engagement and climate action, and I look forward to seeing these projects in action over the coming years.”
Find out more about the Partnership Fund on the Historic Environment Scotland website.
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