The Society awards grants for activities that further the aims of the Society. Grants are provided from the investment income of funds set aside for this purpose.
Following an award, a short report (about 500-1000 words) of the results of the research or activity supported must be submitted to HMS. This would be considered for inclusion in the journal Historical Metallurgy or the newsletter The Crucible.
So long as it will further the aims of the Society there is no restriction as to the purpose of an application. In the past grants have typically been made for research, travel, publication, or attendance at conferences.
Applications for grants are considered by Council in March and October and must be received by the end of the preceding January or August respectively.
As a guide about £700 is available for distribution in each round. Typically grants of £150 to £350 are made; grants over £500 are exceptional. It is unusual for a grant to be made after the expenditure has been incurred.
Any unused funds must be returned to HMS.