Apply for a grant

CoLAT supports all kinds of archaeological work, and the exhibition of archaeological sites, within the City of London and its environs.

Important information for applicants

The grants awarded in previous years are in Grants given .

The next round of grants, for use in 2023, will be decided in December 2022. To apply, you must download the following: the Guidelines for Applicants; the Application Form; and the form to be filled out by one referee for your project; see the section on Documents for download below. Please read the Guidelines carefully. These are the current Guidelines, but please note they have changed in 2022.

The deadline for applications is now Friday 26 August 2022, and the meeting of CoLAT to decide the grants is in early December. This extended period (one month longer than in previous years) is because CoLAT will be asking its archaeological scrutineers to make a first assessment of each application, and the applicant may then be asked to improve it if improvements can be suggested. The formal date for the final application will be Thursday 13 October, the deadline also for each applicant to arrange for a reference by an outsider to be sent to CoLAT.

CoLAT prefers to concentrate on educational or research activities, within or in addition to existing research frameworks; but assistance with survey and excavation projects may be requested.


Cover of Dress Accessories: Medieval finds from excavations in London

One of the many publications supported by CoLAT

Applicants must ask one referee for a reference for an application. This should be somebody in any walk of life who can give an accurate and fair opinion on your project. You must send the Referee Report Form to the referee, and ask that person to send the reference, in confidence, to the Secretary before the submission date for your application. If the reference does not arrive in time, your application will not be considered. The reference is confidential and will not be divulged by CoLAT. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the reference arrives at CoLAT on time.

Claiming the grant

A CoLAT grant is payable by sending an invoice to CoLAT at the end of the work, with documented proof that the work has been done, either a draft text or a project report.

In the documents section below is a good example of a recent project report which was attached to the claim form; a project on Roman lamps in London. We have removed the financial details of the project which were attached. This can be used as a model.

Further information

If applicants require further guidance, questions can be directed to the CoLAT Secretary:

John Schofield
2 Carthew Villas
W6 0BS


Documents for download