Funding round for 2021 BME history projects now closed

The 2021 funding round for the Joint BME Events and Activities Small Grants scheme designed to support Black and Minority Ethnic history in the UK has now closed. Grants of up to £1,000 for available for eligible projects, and the deadline for applications was 12 November 2021.

The scheme is administered by the Social History Society in partnership with the Society for the Study of Labour History, Economic History Society, History UK, History of Education Society (UK), History Workshop Journal, Royal Historical Society, and Women’s History Network. It was launched in 2019 in recognition of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism afflicting UK Higher Education Institutions, highlighted by the Royal Historical Society’s report on Race, Ethnicity and Equality.

The joint scheme provides small grants to support activities and events run by BME historians working in the UK or to support events and activities exploring histories of BME people. It is open to professional historians (whether working in universities or elsewhere such as museums, libraries and galleries), independent scholars, retired staff and students alike.

Applicants should be members of one of the above societies (or be willing to become members) OR if they are employed in permanent post in a university history department, their department be a subscriber to History UK (or be willing to become one).

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support research, conferences, workshops or symposia as well as other public history activities such as exhibitions, walking tours, performances or podcasts. We reserve the right to offer a partial grant. Previously funded projects have included walking tours, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, podcasts and an undergraduate conference.

In recognition of the disruption cause by the pandemic, and the disproportionate impact that this has been shown to have on BAME communities, we have expanded the remit of the BME Events and Activities Small Grants to include directly incurred research costs.

Applications are administered by the Social History Society but funding decisions are made by an independent judging panel currently composed of Dr Meleisa Ono-George, Professor Catherine Hall and Dr Jonathan Saha.

In 2019, its first year of operation, the scheme received 16 applications, five of which were funded. In alphabetical order, these were:

  • ‘1919 – Black Lives in Britain’ a series of Wikipedia hackathons at the Black Cultural Archives organised by AfroCROWD UK
  • ‘From Margins to Centre?’ An undergraduate conference organised by Clare Burgess and Olivia Wyatt (University of York)
  • ‘Legacy Makers’ a knowledge exchange symposium organised by Lisa Robinson
  • ‘Represent’ a workshop at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge organised by Danika Parikh (University of Cambridge) and Akshyeta Suryanarayan (University of Cambridge)
  • ‘Sapphire @ 60: Filming Race, Gender and Sexuality in 1950s Britain’ a series of film screenings organised by Kesewa John (University of Chichester) and Karen Wilkes (Birmingham City University)

Six further projects received funding in the 2020 round. These were:

  • Rohin Alexander (University of York) for the ‘Margins To Centre’ undergraduate conference
  • Dr Shirin Hirsch (Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum) for ‘Public Disorder in the Archive: Rebellion in 1981 Thatcher’s Britain’
  • Dr Rosie Knight (University of Sheffield) for ‘Walking in Our Stories: Sheffield African-Caribbean History Walking Tour’
  • JC Niala (Horniman Museum and Gardens) for ‘Afro Historyscapes’
  • Marral Shamshiri-Fard (LSE) for ‘Visual Politics and Protest in the Middle East: Third World Liberation, Transnational Solidarity, and the Global Sixties, 1967–1976’
  • Kay Stephens (on behalf of the Remember and Resist project led by daikon* collective) for ‘Uncovering Histories of Migration and Resistance: Dover 58 and Morecambe Bay’

Full details of the scheme and an application form can be found here.