Notes for Applicants

Goodliff Awards – Information for Applicants

The Huntingdonshire Local History Society established the Goodliff Awards scheme in 1996 thanks to a very generous bequest from Phyllis Goodliff (1897-1993), a founder member of the Society. The objective of the fund is to provide financial support to individuals, groups or institutions undertaking projects that promote the advancement of local history in Huntingdonshire. Since the beginning of the scheme the fund has provided support to over 100 activities and publications including local history projects in schools, the acquisition, preservation and display of artefacts and documents, research and the provision of information through publications and online documentation.

 Goodliff Awards- Typical Projects:

Awards are normally given for the following purposes:

  1. For research into and promotion of the history of Huntingdonshire and associated publication, including individual study and educational projects concerned with local history.
  2. For preserving the heritage, including museum and archives special acquisitions and for projects concerned with conserving, cataloguing, displaying and interpreting them.
  3. For any other purpose approved by the Committee.


Individual applicants need not be members of Huntingdonshire Local History Society.

Publicly funded institutions may be eligible to apply for an award but projects or services will only be supported by the Society if they are additional to those that are normally provided through public funds.

No member or close relative of the Society’s Committee responsible for recommending awards may apply for an award


Awards can only be given in respect of cost approved beforehand. The Society will not support applications for the recovery of retrospective costs.

Awards may be granted for up to 60% of the total cost of the project, but the Society will determine the level of grant depending on the character of the projects, the requirements of the Society’s own activities, funds and resources available and availability of alternative sources of funding.

Payments of Awards will normally be made after the approved expenditure has been incurred and upon evidence of that expenditure being presented to the Society.

All Awards shall be taken up by 30th April of the year following the award. If projects are not satisfactorily completed the Society reserves the right to recover all monies awarded.

Two copies of any publication supported by the fund shall be presented to the society.

Any permanent record of a project or publication, etc. aided by the fund should bear an acknowledgement to the “Huntingdonshire Local History Society – Goodliff Award”.  A copy of the approved bookplate to be affixed in all publications can be obtained from the Goodliff Awards Administrator on request

The society reserves the right to attach special conditions to any Award which an accepting applicant will be required to accept in writing before receiving the award.


Applications should be made by 31st March for review by the Society. Applicants will be informed if their application has been successful as soon as a decision has been made by the Society’s committee in June/July.

Full details should be given on the official form. This should include the names of two referees, one of whom should be expert in the area of the intended research or project and the other familiar with the applicant. Project timeline plans and projected outline costs should be submitted with every application for an Award. It is expected that all applicants will have sought at least three quotations for goods, services or materials from separate sources where appropriate, and may be asked to provide evidence of this with their award submission.

Applications and all supporting information should be sent by email to the Goodliff Administrator at

If applicants need help with completing their applications they can contact the Administrator on the above email.

A pdf version of these notes for applicants can be downloaded here: Goodliff Awards – Information for Applicants_Nov13