The Lincoln Record Society is proposing to launch a Large Grants scheme, to be funded from the generous bequest of the late Nigel Burn. The scheme will require the formal consent of the Council of the Society and ratification at an Annual General Meeting before it can be launched and before full terms and conditions, detailed guidance and application forms can be made available. At this stage the Society welcomes expressions of interest in the scheme, which can be addressed to the chair of the Large Grants working group at the address given below.
The scheme will make grants in excess of £10,000. Applications for smaller sums can be directed to our Small Grants scheme. There is no set upper limit for applications, but each individual grant will be made entirely at the discretion of the Council of the Society.
The scheme will only support research and publications which further the Society’s charitable object, as set out in Rule 2 of the Society’s governing document, which is quoted here in full:
2. The object of the Society shall be the advancement of public education in the history of the ancient diocese of Lincoln and the County of Lincolnshire especially by the transcription, editing and publication of original historical documents. The word ‘Diocese’ in this clause shall include any counties which have at any time formed part of the Diocese of Lincoln.
The scheme will consider applications for grants in support of research studentships, research fellowships and other research projects, and may include support for Open Access fees and travel expenses. The proposed research outcomes must further the Society’s charitable object as set out in Rule 2 (above). Applications from early career researchers will be welcomed.
The research supported will be expected to lead to publication in one of the Society’s series, under the editorial direction of one of the Society’s Honorary Editors. In exceptional cases, applications to support research leading to other publications will be considered, provided that the resulting publication furthers the Society’s charitable object as set out in Rule 2 (above). Publication will be taken to include conventional or digital publication, or combinations of these, without prejudice. Proposals which include outcomes related to conservation or to digitisation of documents, to databases, and/or to the use of techniques of digital scholarship or digital humanities such as crowdsourcing, may also be considered where a case can be made that the outcomes further the Society’s charitable object.
All applications will be submitted first for ‘Approval in Principle’ by the Society’s Honorary Editors and Council. ‘Approval in Principle’ is to determine whether the proposed published outcomes of the research a) would further the Society’s charitable object and b) would be suitable for publication in one of the Society’s series, or, exceptionally, suitable for support towards publication elsewhere, or would otherwise further the Society’s charitable object. Only applications approved in principle will be forwarded to the final application stage, where they will be considered by the Society’s Finance and Publication Committee. Final decisions will be made by the Council of the Society.
Expressions of interest should be addressed to the chair of the Large Grants working group, Dr Julian Haseldine, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 October 2021. Expressions should include the following details:
1) – Name and/or brief description of the project and output (with reference to the Society’s charitable object)
2) – Name of applicant
3) – Approximate total project cost
4) – Options for co-funding (whether explored already or potential)
5) – Timetable, including delivery date for finished output.
Lincoln Record Society is a registered charity, number 513433. For further information about the Society, please see our website: http://www.lincoln-record-society.org.uk/