The Classical Association is a major provider of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK.  Our grants fund schoolteachers, students, academics and organisations to provide wider access to teaching and learning about the classical world.

The applications we support typically fall into one of the following categories:

1. Schools 

The CA has a long tradition of supporting the study of classical topics in UK schools, by funding activities such as Greek and Roman days, visiting speakers and Greek and Latin reading competitions. 

Activities might include:

  • school talks, events or interactive sessions on the classical world;
  • workshops and theatrical performances;
  • Greek and Roman study days;
  • Greek and Latin reading competitions;
  • transport costs and/or entrance fees for groups of school students to attend one-day events off-site, such as museum study days or classical exhibitions, where this would otherwise be difficult financially.

The CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers. These associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising, but not catering costs.

To apply for funding for schools’ events, please complete the General Grant Application Cover Sheet.

2. OUTREACH

The CA supports a wide range of outreach events to promote the public awareness of classics.

Activities might include:

  • public talks, interactive sessions or workshops on the classical world;
  • regional Greek and Roman days involving local communities;
  • theatrical performances (where there is significant outreach component that merits funding);
  • other outreach initiatives aimed at young people or the general public.

The CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers. These associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising, but not catering costs.

To apply for outreach funding, please complete the General Grant Application Cover Sheet.

3. CONFERENCES

We provide funding for conferences and workshops on classical themes, hosted by UK Classics departments with substantial postgraduate participation.

Conference/Workshop Organisers can apply for up to £500 exclusively to enable attendance by postgraduate students. For example, CA funds might be used to offer postgraduate bursaries and/or help with postgraduates’ travel expenses, accommodation costs, conference fees or subsistence. Please note that the CA does not cover catering costs.

In your application you should (i) outline your plans for attracting postgraduate students and (ii) explain how you intend to use and distribute CA funds to facilitate their attendance (e.g. if you are planning to award bursaries, please indicate how applications will be assessed and/or prioritised).

To apply for conference funding, please complete the Conference Grant Application Cover Sheet. Your application should include a copy of the Call for Papers and the conference programme (if available).

If you are planning a large conference (100+ in attendance), and would like to apply for more than £500, please contact the CA for advice.

4. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (cpd) EVENTS

As well as sponsoring its own CPD days, the CA provides financial assistance for CPD events for schoolteachers of classical subjects (including Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Latin and Greek).

Please note that while the CA may agree to fund travel expenses and associated costs for speakers and/or organisers, it will not normally cover professional fees. These associated costs may include room hire, hire or purchase of materials and advertising, but not catering costs.  

To apply for CPD funding, please complete the General Grant Application Cover Sheet.

5. SUMMER SCHOOLS

The CA supports a number of summer school bursary schemes enabling people who would not otherwise be able to do so to attend extra-mural courses in Greek, Latin, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History. We also provide bursaries for courses specifically aimed at teacher’s professional development, such as the British School at Athens School Teachers’ Course and the ArLT Summer School.

All applications must be made by the organisers of the summer school in question. Individuals seeking support should apply to the event’s organisers.

Applications should include an indication of how many bursaries will be offered and how applications will be assessed and prioritised.

To apply for funding, please complete the Summer School Grant Application Cover Sheet.

6. MAJOR PROJECTS

The CA also provides funding for a small number of major projects, considered to be of fundamental benefit to the discipline. These have included Classics in Communities, Fasti Online, Classics After the Classroom and the Advocating Classics Education (ACE) Project.

If you are seeking a grant of over £2,500 for your project, please contact the CA before submitting an application.

Please note that applications for major grants are only considered twice a year, following the 1 March and 1 September deadlines.

7. CA BRANCHES

The CA is proud to support the work of our local branches and we offer generous start up grants, support for speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses, funding for a range of outreach activities, and, in 2021, a Covid Support Grant to help branches in light of the ongoing pandemic. For more details and to apply for these grants, click on our Branches page

8. HARDSHIP GRANTS FOR PhD STUDENTS

In view of the difficulties experienced in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and especially on account of the ways in which the pandemic has exacerbated existing difficulties and inequalities, the Classical Association wishes to offer financial support for Classics PhD students in the pursuit and completion of their research in any field of Classical Studies, broadly defined. Where circumstances warrant, the Association will grant up to £1,500 per student, though applications for smaller amounts are welcome. Funding may be granted for specific purposes (e.g. books and materials) or to help with general living expenses. The first deadline for applications is 1 May 2021. See below for further details.

Hardship Grants for PhD Students
Hardship Grants for PhD Students

9. OTHER INITIATIVES

If you wish to apply for funding for an event which does not fit into one of the above categories, please contact the CA to discuss your proposal.

WHAT THE ca DOES NOT FUND

We do not normally make grants which:

  • have the effect of increasing a recipient’s reserves (or are a substitute for using such reserves)
  • appear to be primarily intended to fund one or more particular posts
  • fund research projects and research expenses
  • fund any programme of study (including postgraduate degrees)
  • fund the production budgets of plays, films, videos, or books (but affiliated outreach initiatives may be eligible)
  • fund the purchase of textbooks
  • fund subsistence, entertainment or travel costs*
  • fall within the scope of Classics for All’s funding

* with the exception of transport costs for visiting speakers at schools or outreach events, and conferences/workshops wishing to offer travel bursaries to postgraduate attendees (in these cases, please note that travel claims are dealt with directly by event organisers and not by the CA). CA Branches can apply for support for their speakers’ accommodation and transport costs.


 All awards are subject to a satisfactory post-completion report.  See here for further details of how to apply.

See below for details of other funding bodies in the UK which support the study and teaching of Classics.

Other Sources of Funding
Other Sources of Funding