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 £7,000) are only considered once a year – at the January meeting.

Deadlines for submission of applications can be up to two months before the meetings. The next submission deadline will be announced on this page. Please DO NOT submit applications until the deadline is announced.

Please note, our PO Box address does not accept hand deliveries. Applications that are received at the PO Box by the deadline will be accepted. If you require acknowledgement of receipt, we strongly suggest using signed for or special delivery. 

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.

If you wish to make an application for funds, please download the application form. All applications must be received by the deadline both in hard copy by post and via the upload facility indicated below. Please read both the Grant giving guidelines 2021 and Trust Objectives 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.