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Grants - English Ceramic Circle


2021 Applications now closed.


The ECC is delighted to announce its first ever research grant programme.  We are seeking applications (click here for the application form) from members and non-members alike to assist new research on British ceramics and enamels made or decorated in the British Isles from c1600 to the present day.

A grant fund of £4,000 has been created and applicants may apply for any individual amount up to £4,000.  The application process opens immediately and the window for applications closes on 31 August 2021.  The Committee will review applications and make the final decision on funding by 30 September 2021 with grant applicants being informed about the decision shortly afterwards. Successful applicants are asked to have completed their research within one year and then present their findings to an ECC members meeting, ideally in November or December 2022, with publication in the next volume of ECC’s Transactions (mid-2023).

Grant Funding – Terms and Conditions

Grant funding is subject to the following terms and conditions.

1) A project must be original research, not previously published.

2) The applicant accepts the invitation to present their findings to an ECC members meeting and submit the paper for publication in the ECC’s Transactions as per the above timescales. If the work is published again later, or in a different/expanded form, the grant recipient should acknowledge the ECC’s initial support and funding in that publication or other output.

3) If the applicant is employed by an organisation related to the field of ceramics or enamels, confirmation of support by the applicant’s employee/organisation is desirable.

4) The ECC requires the establishment of mutually agreed milestones to enable the Committee to review progress at time(s) of its choosing.

5) A short research summary must be provided to the ECC within one year of the grant award (or at different timing as agreed), unless an extension of time is approved by the ECC committee. Failure to meet the agreed project milestones may require repayment by the recipient of all or part of the granted monies.

6) International grant recipients will receive their funding in GBP£.

If you have any questions about the grant application form or the process, please contact the ECC at [email protected]. All applications must be received by 31 August 2021.  Please send your forms (click here for the application form) to the above email address and/or by post to Grants, English Ceramic Circle, BM7246, London WC1N 3XX, UK

The ECC would like to acknowledge the help provided by the American Ceramic Circle and the Transferware Collectors Club in the creation of this grant programme. Both organisations have long standing grant structures and their insights have been invaluable.

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Questions & Answers

We have included answers to some of the common questions to assist your application:

  • Why do we ask that papers are presented to an ECC members meeting and then published in Transactions? This is driven by our charitable objectives, which are “To advance the public knowledge and appreciation of ceramics and enamels manufactured, decorated or used in the British Isles. To promote research and study in all matters relating to ceramics and enamels manufactured, decorated, or used in the British Isles and to disseminate the useful knowledge gained for the public benefit”.
  • Can I apply for funding for ceramics used in the British Isles, but not made there? Whilst the ECC’s scope includes items used in the British Isles, we have decided to focus this first grant programme on items manufactured and/or decorated in the British Isles.
  • Who can apply? We welcome applications from anyone – member or non-member alike – with an interest in the study of British ceramics and enamels made c1600 to the present day. If you receive a grant as a non-member, we will want you to join the ECC. The only people who cannot apply are members of the ECC Committee.
  • You say the research period is one-year – how flexible is this? While we will prioritise applicants who can complete their study in a year, if Covid-19 makes this impossible please highlight what is possible under question 7 of the grant application form and in any research plan under question 3.
  • Would I need to present in person – I am based overseas? We can use Zoom for your presentation if you are unable to get to London.
  • What costs can I apply for? The purpose of these grants is to assist scholars by providing funds for some of the expenses associated with research. Such expenses may include study trips, archive visits, exhibition visits/research, the costs of photography, photocopies, and travel/accommodation (bed and breakfast) etc. Please base any travel costs on economy travel and reasonable hotel/accommodation options. Monies received under these grants should not to be used for: subsidies for publications; purchase of equipment/books; or any photographic material not required for use in the grantee’s project; travel to conferences or meetings; expenses of the grantee’s family; underwriting the costs of photography for museum-owned or ceramics in one’s own institution; salaries for the grantee or associated contributors.
  • Will I receive all the money I ask for? The Committee has agreed an overall grant fund of £4,000 and aims to support as many as possible applications which meet our criteria.  We have not run such a programme before, but it is possible that we may need to discuss a figure lower than the applicant requested.  Also, we may not cover some expenses if they fall outside the criteria listed above.
  • Will I receive all the money at once? Our preference is to pay any agreed grant in one lump sum, soon after approval. In exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to stagger payments.
  • What happens if the successful applicant(s) do not spend all the money? We ask that any money not spent on research is returned to the ECC.
  • Where is the money coming from? The ECC has for some years offered additional levels of membership for those that wish and can make an additional contribution. Such monies are held in reserve and contribute a little over half of this grant fund.  We are most grateful to those members who were able to provide this additional support. Any member who is interested in helping the ECC by increasing their level of membership contribution should contact the Treasurer at [email protected] The remainder of the funding is money we have not spent on London meetings given the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • Will the ECC run similar grant programmes in future years? We will make future decisions based on the success of this programme, the financial position of the ECC and its priorities.
  • I know someone who is not a member of the ECC – how can they get hold of the application forms? Send them the link to this page of our website.



English Ceramic Circle

Registered Charity #1097063 in England and Wales

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