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Grants and programs

The following links are to sources of funding or volunteer assistance which institutions provide to support archival projects. These links are for your convenience when seeking external funding or volunteer assistance.

Grants and training opportunities

FIDA Grants

The Fund for International Archival Development (FIDA): The ICA’s commitment to the developing world. FIDA wishes to build capacity in countries where archiving and record provision is weak, through mentoring and career development. Further information about the Fund can be found at the following link: http://new.ica.org/3218/about-fida/about-fida.html.

The following link provides information about the FIDA application process, as well as guidelines for applicants: http://www.ica.org/14239/news-and-events/2013-call-for-projects-deadline-extended-to-16-june-2013.html.

PCOM Grants

The ICA Program Commission (PCOM) provides support for archival projects that advance the six objectives outlined in the ICA’s Strategic Directions 2008–2010. These can be viewed at the following location: http://new.ica.org/4096/reference-documents/business-plan-20082010.html. In general archival projects deliver a product that is likely to be widely used by other ICA bodies, the ICA membership as a whole, or the global archival community.

NZ Aid

NZ Aid helps to support sustainable development and reduce poverty through development partnerships, particularly in the Pacific region. The Short Term Training Awards (STTA) enable individuals from selected developing countries to undertake training of up to one year duration in New Zealand. More information about what the grant covers, who is eligible, how to apply, and the selection process can be found at the following location: http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships.

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS)

ICAS is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to supporting the needs of Pacific Islands cultural heritage institutions in preserving and making accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes.

The Endangered Archives Programme

The British Library runs the Endangered Archives Programme. The programme offers a number of grants each year aimed at identifying, safe-rehousing and promoting on-line archival material from the ‘pre-modern’ era that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration.

Volunteer programs

Australian Volunteers for International Development

The Australian Volunteers for International Development program, an Australian Government initiative, supports skilled Australians to live and work in developing countries as part of the overseas aid program. Volunteers work with local people in Host Organisations in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to contribute to sustainable development.

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program sends passionate young Australians aged 18–30 on short term volunteer assignments (3–12 months) throughout Asia, the Pacific and Africa. These assignments are part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, an Australian Government initiative.

Volunteer Service Abroad

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) sends skilled New Zealand volunteers to work internationally, working to create positive change in communities and countries. VSA form partnerships with developing countries overseas, and non-government organisations. More information on VSA Partners can be found at the following location: http://www.vsa.org.nz/.

Australian Volunteers International

Australian Volunteers International (AVI) places volunteers in response to requests and identified needs received through our country offices. Potential partners are encouraged to look at AVI’s approach to volunteering and development and contact the nearest country office.