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Scope of Awards

The Grants Awards for 2021 are now open!

The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2021 opened on 1 January 2021 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2021. No applications received after that date will be considered.

Applicants will be informed of The Barakat Trust’s decision at the end of May 2021 (a month later than usual because of the early date of Ramadan in 2021).

Scope of Awards

The Barakat Trust awards are open to applicants worldwide in the fields of:

  • research into the history of the art and architecture, and the archaeology and material culture of Islamic societies, including archaeological and other fieldwork, and research trips;
  • the conservation, preservation, restoration, and presentation to the public of artefacts, buildings and archaeological sites produced by Islamic societies;
  • the work of libraries, museums and other public collections in the conservation, documentation, and presentation of artefacts and manuscripts produced by Islamic societies in their broadest sense, including the digitisation of archives and collections, and the training of conservation and curatorial staff;
  • the organisation of events intended to further research in the history of the art, architecture, archaeology, and material culture of Islamic societies, including colloquia and conferences, lectures, seminars and workshops, exhibitions, and attendance at such events;

Online Question and Answer sessions

Online Question and Answer sessions will be organised by The Barakat Trust to help answer any queries prospective applicants may have.

These will take place on the following dates:

  • 14 January 2020 3-4pm GMT (English Only)
  • 14 January 2020 at 4-5pm GMT (Arabic Only)
  • 15 February 2020 at 3-4pm GMT (English Only)
  • 15 February 2020 at 4-5pm GMT (Arabic Only)
  • 18 March 2020 at 12 Noon -1pm GMT (English Only)
  • 18 March 2020 at 1pm- 2pm GMT (Arabic Only)

For all events Click Here to Register!

For grant related queries click here.

Only consider applying if you meet the criteria in the Scope of Awards.

Note: Apportionment of funds – Some of our donations are Zakat (alms traditionally given to support Muslim communities) while others are general charitable donations whose uses are unrestricted. The restrictions outlined in some of the grant categories above relate to the nature of the charitable donations we receive.