The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust welcomes funding applications from individuals or institutions for projects that fall within the funding remit of the Trust. Applications for funding awards are considered twice a year when the trustees meet in January and July. Applications for major funding awards (over £7,350, and up to £15,750) are only considered once a year.

The deadline for this funding round is 5pm on Thursday 4th January 2024

If you wish to make an application for funds, please download the application form. All applications must be submitted online by the deadline via the upload facility indicated below. We no longer accept applications by post. Please read the grant giving guidelines carefully before applying. Any applications that do not meet the guidelines will not be accepted.

If you have any further queries please contact the Coordinator at apply(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

As a small trust we do not have the resources to comment on individual applications.

Please note that the Trust does not award funds to: subsidise the continuation or running of university or college courses; cover transportation costs to or from conferences; or subsidise fees/maintenance for undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Once you have completed your application form, please upload it to the website here.

Thematic funding

From time to time the Trust sets aside some of its funding, specifies a theme or issue, and invites applications addressing it. Applicants who wish their grant to be considered under such a theme should tick the box marked “X” in the application form. Applications considered for thematic funding which are not successful will also be considered for funding as a regular application.


For the funding year 2023-4 the theme is Internationalism

The Trust is interested in applications which – within the limits of its charitable aims – may explore the past or present, theory or practice of political, cultural and economic cooperation, of solidarity and exchange across borders, involving individuals, local or national groups, trade unions or other cooperative organisations.

Applications will be treated as regular project applications (up to £7,350) and decided upon in the January meeting of trustees. Please see the grant giving guidelines for more information on regular applications.

Please note: 

The Trust will aim to ringfence 50% of funds for applications for projects with a strong focus on popular political education and on engagement with non-academic and non-activist audiences, especially those focused on reaching people and communities across the UK who are likely to face barriers to accessing education, learning and knowledge about the philosophy of Marxism, the history of socialism, the working class movement and other social movements seeking to bring about non-exploitative and egalitarian societies. These barriers could include educational, financial, geographical, or political cultural barriers.

Relevant Links and Documents

Grant Giving Guidelines>
Application Form>
Online submission form>