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Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust
Funding Procedure
The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust welcomes funding applications from individuals or institutions for projects which fall within the funding remit of the Trust.
The Trust funds a variety of projects which include conferences, seminars, publications, research, archiving, translations, art & culture projects and documentaries. The Trust funds both national and international projects.
Please note that the Trust does not normally award funds to subsidize the continuation or running of University/College courses; cover transportation costs to or from Conferences; or subsidize fees/maintenance for undergraduate or postgraduate students.
Applications can be made for either a Funding Award, a Major Project Award or for the Nina Fishman Translation Award.

Application Guidelines


  • Applications must be made on the current application forms which can be obtained from the Applications Coordinator at apply@amielandmelburn.org.uk. Please specify if you are applying for a Funding Award, a Major Project Award or for a Nina Fishman Translation Award.

  • Applications must be made in accordance with the application deadlines which will be advised directly by the Applications Coordinator in response to a request for the current application form.

  • In general, applications for funding awards and major project awards may be required to be submitted up to two months in advance of the specific funding meetings.

  • Once an apply for funds is complete, you are required to submit EIGHTEEN COPIES to Cassie Metcalf-Slovo at 18-21 Cavaye Place, London SW10 9PT in accordance with the application deadlines. If less than eighteen copies are submitted then the application will not be accepted.

  • In addition, an electronic copy of the completed application form must be submitted by email.

  • The Trust would appreciate if the 18 copies of your application forms are printed double sided.

  • Please keep all appendixes to no more than five sides of A4.

  • Please note that all questions on the application form must be answered fully and clearly. If the application is not answered fully and clearly your application is liable not to be considered by the trustees.

  • On receipt of an application, the Trust reserves the right to review and request further information prior to the application being submitted to trustees for consideration.

  • The Trust reserves the right not to submit an application for funding to the trustees should it, in its entire discretion, consider that the application does not meet the requirements of the Trust.

  • Under exceptional circumstances, the Trust reserves the right to rescind a funding award (in part or in whole).

  • The Trust will require a brief project report and a brief statement of financial account indicating how the Trust money has been used from all successful applicants.

  • The Trust will require an acknowledgement which reflects the Trust’s contribution on all funded projects. Acknowledgement wording and details of the proposed context of the acknowledgement should be forwarded to the Trust for approval prior to any publication. Any credit should also include the Trust’s logo – which can be forwarded on request. For any successful Nina Fishman awards the acknowledgement should read:

This translation was made possible thanks to a Nina Fishman Translation Award from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust. The objectives of the Trust are to advance public education, learning and knowledge in all aspects of the philosophy of Marxism, the history of socialism, and the working-class movement. Nina Fishman was a long-term Trustee. She was also an important political thinker, activist and historian. The award commemorates her legacy by enabling the publication of significant works on topics that would have interested her. For further information please see http://www.ninafishman.org/”

  • The Trust reserves the right to publish details of all funded projects online on its website (including the project itself if available).

Funding Awards


  • The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust considers regular funding applications bi-annually at our January and July meetings.

  • Regular Funding Awards are limited to a maximum funding total of £6,000.

  • Applicants must conform to the application guidelines as outlined below.

  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions (if any) within 2-3 weeks of the funding meeting.


Major Project Awards


  • The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust considers applications for major project awards only once a year.

  • Major Project Awards include all applications over £6,000, and the trust normally funds one or two major projects a year.

  • Applications for major project awards must be submitted for initial consideration at the January meeting in accordance with the application deadlines.

  • Applicants must conform to the application guidelines as outlined below.

  • Major Project Award applications will be subject to an initial short listing process at the January meeting, the shortlist normally consists of no more than 4 projects. No funding decisions will be made at the January meeting.

  • Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been short listed for a major project award within 2-3 weeks of the January meeting.

  • Following the short listing process, the Trust may elect to request further information, approach referees and approach independent consultants in order to facilitate its assessment of applications.

  • In addition, one or more trustee/s may be appointed to consider applications in detail.

  • Subject to receipt of further information (if applicable), the Trust will make a final assessment of major project applications at the April meeting.

  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 2-3 weeks of the April meeting.

  • The Trust reserves the right to postpone final consideration of major project applications at any time until all further requested information has been received.

  • The Trust will appoint a trustee as liaison to monitor each successful major project award. In addition, the Trust will advise as to the frequency of status reports required to be submitted to the Trust or the liaison trustee.


Nina Fishman Translation prize
Nina Fishman was a political historian, thinker and activist, and the author of important books such as: The British Communist Party and the Trade Unions (1995) and the two-volume Arthur Horner: A Political Biography (2011). She was also an active member of the board of the Trust. In her honour a specific fund has been created to support the translation into English of works that fall within the interests of the Trust. No topic is specified but the Trust is particularly keen to support works on topics that would have interested Prof. Fishman such as Labour history, European socialism and social democracy, the theory and practice of industrial relations (for further information please see http://www.ninafishman.org/). The Trust will consider applications for translations of essays, articles, book chapters and interviews as well as full length books.
Applicants should complete the specific Nina Fishman Translation Award application form providing a breakdown of costs, an abstract of the work to be translated and a statement of its importance in relation to the interests of the Trust. Please note that, in the interest of maintaining the Fund the Trust may seek a minimum royalty share of full-length translated publications.


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