The Classical Association

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The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications we support typically fall into one of the following categories:

1. Funding for Summer Schools

Our grants are in the form of bursaries to enable people to attend extra-mural courses in Greek, Latin and Classical Civilisation who would not otherwise be able to do so.  We also provide bursaries for courses specifically aimed at teachers’ professional development, such as the British School at Athens Easter Course and the ARLT Summer School.

All applications must be made by the organisers of the summer school in question; individuals seeking support should apply to the event’s organisers.   All awards are subject to a satisfactory post-completion report.  For further details of how to apply, see here.

2. Funding for Conferences

We provide funding for conferences on a Classical theme, hosted by UK Classics departments with substantial postgraduate participation. There are two levels of funding available:

Smaller conferences can apply for £500 to defray the cost of postgraduate attendance (fees, subsistence, etc.) by completing the cover sheet and providing a copy of the call for papers and the conference programme.

Larger conferences (100+ in attendance) can apply for a higher level of funding and should submit a detailed application which, in addition to the requirements for smaller conferences, includes a full budget, a per capita breakdown of the cost of attendance at the event, and details of how the funds will be disbursed.

3. School-teaching and Outreach

The CA has traditionally supported Greek and Latin reading competitions, regional Greek/Roman days and school conferences.  In addition it now supports a wider range of outreach events if they tend towards the promotion of public awareness of the importance of Classics and/or support Classics in schools.   Activities might include: public talks or small interactive sessions on the Classical World (either one-off or a series); reading and discussion groups; theatrical performances; costs to support schools who would otherwise find it difficult financially to attend a Classical exhibition or event off-site.  

The CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers (but not, normally, professional fees).   Such associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising, but not catering costs.

4. Major Projects

Much of our grant money is invested in a small number of major projects, which have been considered to be of fundamental benefit to the discipline.    These have included the Primary Latin Project (Minimus), the New Greek Lexicon Project, L’Annee Philologique and the Logie Collection.  

5. Other Initiatives

If you are applying for funding for an event which does not fit into one of the above categories, it is recommended that you contact Jane Fortuna at the CA Office for further guidance before making a detailed application.

What we can't fund...

There are some things which we simply cannot support or contribute to. These include: general unspecified running costs and reserve funds; any form of entertainment or hospitality; production budgets for plays, films or books; salaries, living costs and travel*; book purchases or exam fees; sponsorship for individuals to visit Classical sites or to study independently.

*an exception is made for conferences wishing to offer travel bursaries to postgraduate attendees. Applications must be made by the conference organisers and not by individuals wishing to attend.


How to apply...

The information on this page should help you decide what category of grant to apply for. Please see the how to apply page for information about the application process. All applications should be sent by email to Jane Fortuna.

Please note that all grants must be processed through an institutional account, as the CA does not make grant payments to individuals.