The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Dig It! archaeology initiative is designed to create opportunities for primary and secondary school students to take part in archaeological activities in their local area, and to promote their awareness and interest in scientific research methods, their own local heritage and history generally. Archaeological activities are ideally suited for phenomenon based learning as set out in the Finnish curriculum as well as learning opportunities delivered outside the classroom.

Who may apply

Archaeologists, working groups run by archaeologists and registered cultural heritage organisations, including museums and archaeological societies, are eligible to apply for Dig It! funding. All projects must be led by an archaeologist with a minimum of a Master’s degree in the subject. Ideally, they should also have previous experience of community archaeology projects and/or public excavation sites. Additional members can be invited onto the working groups to contribute further pedagogical and other relevant expertise. The project leader is responsible for liaising with the participating schools. Schools themselves cannot directly apply for the funding or manage a project.

What kind of grants are available

The value of the grants ranges from EUR 5,000 to EUR 30,000 and will be offered to 5–10 projects each year. Applications should be submitted using the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s online application service. Applicants will be notified of the results in at the latest on November 29, 2019.

The participants must be made familiar with archaeology and upcoming work in advance. The advised duration for the actual project is approx. one week, but one project may consist of several research periods participated by various student groups. After the research period the findings should be processed together with children. The results should also be presented in a way that is suitable for the project with wider audience in mind. The use of web pages, blogs and/or social media is advisable. It is also possible to arrange events for adults in a form of public excavations for example.

The following criteria will be used to assess the applications:

  • Quality of educational content, with regard to preparation, delivery and post-project follow-up
  • Meticulous schedule of work and budgeting of the project
  • Archaelogical relevance and appeal to target audience
  • Knowledge of community archaeology demonstrated by the project
  • Communications strategy in place for project participants and the general public
For more information please contact
Suunnittelija Olli Vallinheimo