Our cultural grants to museums, archives and universities focus on documenting endangered heritage. Projects we fund record manuscripts and archives, archaeological sites and artefacts, and cultural and religious traditions at risk of being lost. We also help develop new technologies for heritage documentation and historical research. We enable free, online, open access to all these materials.

Since 2002 we have awarded 90 grants to preserve endangered culture, totalling $266m

See our cultural grants.

Latest cultural news

New grant to the University of Southampton (Centre for Maritime Archaeology)
Digital capture of an oversize painting, part of the extensive digitization work being done in the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory. Courtesy of the  Center for Jewish History
New grant to the Center for Jewish History

Cultural case studies

University College London – Institute of Archaeology

The project records endangered historic temples and wall paintings in Shanxi Province, China. All documentation will be stored on an open access digital archive.

Heidelberg University

The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project records temples, monasteries, and other endangered historical sites across the country. All materials will be made freely available online.

University of Oxford – Centre for Islamic Studies

The Maldives Heritage Survey documents the cultural heritage in the Maldives, and will create a freely available record of the material online.

University College London

The team at UCL works to develop digital imaging technologies to recover texts without destroying the mummy casings that preserve them.

School of Oriental and African Studies

The programme gives grants for documenting endangered languages worldwide. So far, it has helped record more than 430 near-extinct languages in 77 countries.

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) database is the world’s largest online collection of manuscripts. We support HMML’s work in the Middle East, Africa and India.

British Library

The project awards grants to support digitization of at-risk collections around the globe and to make their content freely available online. To date the Programme has awarded grants to 316 projects in 88 countries.