The Marc Fitch Fund is an educational charity established in 1956 by Marc Fitch (1908-1994). It is governed by a Council of Management who are the charity’s trustees.
Publication grants: these are intended to help with production costs, including the costs of illustrative material.
Research grants: these are intended to cover incidental expenses, such as the cost of travel and accommodation within the UK/Ireland to visit archives; they are not intended to cover time spent in research and writing. To qualify, your work must already have been provisionally accepted for publication.
Special Project Grants: from time to time the Fund considers applications for special projects that do not fit easily into one of the above categories, such as the conservation, cataloguing, scanning, transcription and study of significant primary sources, or the conservation and study of significant artefacts. To qualify, original research and the publication of the results has to be part of the project.
Journal digitisation: the Fund is also willing to consider applications from local and national archaeological and historical societies towards the costs of publishing their journal backlists online, on condition that the results are made available to all, without charge and in perpetuity. To be eligible for such funding, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they already have 50 per cent of the costs in the bank.
The Marc Fitch Fund is a fund of last resort, stepping in to assist worthwhile projects that are at risk of failing without a grant, and where other sources of funds have been exhausted. For that reason, they ask applicants to explain why a grant is necessary and to demonstrate that they have made an effort to secure funding from other sources. They place great emphasis on the reports of referees and need to be convinced that the work being funded will make a new and significant contribution to knowledge.
Application Form: To apply submit a brief outline of the project by e-mail. If the proposal meets the Fund’s criteria, the relevant application forms will be provided.
Deadline: 1 March and 1 August each year
Contact: Christopher Catling FSA, Director, Marc Fitch Fund, Flat 9, 13 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH