The Social History Society maintains a fund to encourage conferences, workshops and other specialist meetings run by members of the Society. We give priority to activities that would otherwise remain unfunded and that will lead to further dissemination. We are especially supportive of events that could lead to publication in Cultural and Social History or our book series, or provide sessions at our annual conference.

Update: The Social History Society is aware that the current COVID-19 emergency is negatively affecting historians in multiple ways. To support the community of social and cultural historians during this crisis the Society has decided to broaden the remit of our Small Grants Scheme to support research alongside events and activities during the pandemic.

As events have largely moved online, we have expanded the remit to include directly incurred research costs. This means that the grants can be used to contribute towards the costs of consumables, travel and subsistence, equipment purchase, childcare, research assistance and similar immediate costs of conducting research. The grant cannot be used to cover directly allocated costs, such as estates, researchers’ time, facilities, or the use of existing equipment.

We have extended the spring 2021 deadline to 1 March.

The Society will make individual grants up to the amount of £750.

The application should clearly state for what the grant sought will be used. Whatever the sum granted, there must be acknowledgement of the Society’s support in any publicity, meeting materials or resulting publications. Any events held with support from the fund should be advertised on the Society’s website and, as far as is practicable, be open equally to all interested social historians.

Questions concerning the objectives and criteria of the fund should be directed to our Honorary Secretary, Georgina Brewis, at

Read the full terms of acceptance

There are 2 dates for submission annually: usually 1 February and 1 October. We aim to make decisions regarding funding within 2 months so please ensure events for which applications are being sought are within 2-6 months after the submission date:

  • Applications submitted by 1 February for events April-November. Updated to 1 March for 2021.
  • Applications submitted by 1 October for events December-March.

Any grant awarded must be spent within 6 months and the successful candidate should submit a brief report of the event no later than 3 months after the event has taken place. See the ‘terms of acceptance’ for more information about the report.

Download the application form

The completed application form should be emailed to our Honorary Secretary, Gerorgina Brewis, at