CBA Yorkshire Small Grants Fund



To help support archaeological research and activity CBA Yorkshire (CBAY) will be offering a number of small grants to volunteer groups and individuals across the region.

Applications will be considered at the quarterly meetings of the full Committee (normally the second Saturday in January, April, July and October). Applications for grants should be submitted to the Secretary as soon as possible and certainly no later than four weeks prior to a quarterly meeting to allow time for proper consideration by the Grants Committee.

The amount available via the Small Grant Fund will be determined by the CBAY committee and announced at the start of each financial year.

CBAY Small Grants are intended to help archaeology groups within the region to carry out specific archaeological projects. Examples might be equipment for field survey or excavation for a site of local significance; publication costs for a report on work carried out by the society; materials for a display on local history/archaeology; activities involving young people and the community in archaeology.

The application form for the Small Grants Fund can be found here. Please note that the email address on the form is not correct – please use

New Thubron/CBA-Yorkshire Award

The Thubron/CBA-Yorkshire Award (previously King/Thubron Award) has been presented every two years since 1995. This is a helpful sum of £200 intended to support any work undertaken by student or amateur archaeologists that contributes to the greater understanding of Yorkshire’s archaeology. It can be awarded on the basis of an application to the award panel using the form here, or to a party applying under the general grants fund (see above). The award is normally announced at the AGM in early February, but as this will be delayed in 2021 due to Covid concerns, this year we are inviting applications by 31 MARCH 2021 for consideration at the quarterly committee meeting in mid-April.

Previous winners include:

1995  Tom Umpleby                                                            Dearne River system water powered sites

1996  Peter Halkon                                                              Holme Project

1997  ARTEAMUS                                                                 Cowell Flat survey

1999  Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Soc  Saltwick Alum Works

2001  Bedale Arch and History Society                            Well (Romano British) project

2003  Robert  Blackburn                                                     Whitby Barrow Project

2005  South Ainsty Arch Society                                       Knight Templars at Copmanthorpe

2007  Stephen Sherlock Teesside Arch Soc                     Street House Iron age Settlement

2009  Leeds Arch Fieldwork Society                                 Slipware production site Lazencroft Leeds

2012  David Johnson                                                           Scales Field survey Chapel le Dale

2014  Dr Keith Boughey                                                      Holgate and the Hare Hill excavation

2016  Community group YMRP                                         Yearsley Mill research project

2018  FFWAP                                                                        Archaeology Appreciation talks


To apply for the Thurbon/CBA-Yorkshire award please download the New Thubron CBAY award application form

Grants from other sources

Roger Stott Community Fund – available to groups based in Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales

CBA Mick Aston Archaeology Fund

The Mick Aston Archaeology Fund (previously known as Challenge Funding), supported by Historic England, is currently offering grants of up to £1,000 to help fund fieldwork and research projects undertaken by voluntary groups and societies and individuals across England. Applicants should be undertaking new and innovative research projects that will help create a greater understanding of local heritage. There are many ways funding could be used such as providing training for volunteers, purchasing equipment for excavation and recording, environmental analysis or scientific dating.

For more information on the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund and to download an application form please visit


Other sources of funding:

There are other sources of funding that may be of interest to individuals and groups. These might benefit those who need to fund other parts of their project which we cannot cover.

  • The Selby Big Local Community Chest

Seed funding for residents/local groups in Selby to benefit the community. £100 – £1000

  • Selby Community Engagement Forum

Grant and project funding for groups and organisations within the area.

  • York Community Fund

For local organisations, groups or individuals to help fund new community projects or schemes. £500 – £20,000

  • Two Ridings Community Foundation

Provides information about all funds available in Craven, Richmondshire, Hambleton, Harrogate, York, Ryedale, Selby, Scarborough, East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull