Networking grants offer up to £15,000 per project for MOLA staff to establish working relationships (networks) with new and unusual partners. The new network will engage audiences who haven’t taken part in archaeology before. These grants will fund up to 6 projects. 

Networks should focus on achieving one or more of MOLA’s IAA three objectives and five criteria. They may also address objectives associated with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They should also aim to apply to further funding, such as another MOLA IAA grant. 

Examples of possible projects:   

  • Hosting fieldtrips, walking tours or other online or in-person excursions, with the intent of exploring opportunities to develop future such experiences for specific audiences  
  • Facilitating collaborative writing or content creation activities together (e.g., blogging, filming, social media posting, position paper writing, etc.) focused on developing new outputs for wider audiences  
  • Organising workshops, meetings, roundtables, think tanks or other formal gatherings to begin planning new impact funding bids, policy-influencing, or educational activities related to archaeology  
  • Coordinating matchmaking events to help draw specific non-academic professionals or organisations into archaeology. This could introduce them to different archaeological specialists to foster mutual understanding and lay the foundations for future potential collaboration  
  • Collaborating on a pilot performance, exhibition, or production to test out its implementation and build your working relationships and audience base together  
  • Partnering on market research or feasibility studies in relation to the development of a new product or start-up business