Scope of Awards

The Grants Awards open on 1 January 2020

The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2020 will open on 1 January 2020 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2020. No applications received after that date will be considered.

Applicants will be informed of The Barakat Trust’s decision at the end of May 2020 (a month later than usual because of the early date of Ramadan in 2020).

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;

Categories of Awards

The Academic Advisory Committee annually defines the categories and values of awards within which applications may be made, and retains the right to adjust the number and value of awards, according to the funds available and the quality and quantity of applications received.

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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.