The Public Fund. Help Build the Public Fund!
The Australian Archaeological Association is an Incorporated, not-for-profit organisation and the Public Fund is our charitable arm. The Public Fund receives donations and supports projects that further our cultural purposes.
The Public Fund was established in 2015. Over the next decade we aim to build up the Public Fund to provide significant, long-term support to Australian archaeology. The Association intends annually to disburse part of the interest from the Public Fund to support its cultural purposes.
How to donate?
All donations are gratefully received and acknowledged in a permanent register. Every contribution – small and large – will be used to benefit Australian archaeology. You may donate in the following ways:
- Click on the ‘Donate’ button and follow the secure PayPal payment gateway.
- Add a donation to your annual membership payment.
- Provide for a gift to the Public Fund in your will.
- Donations of over $1,000 receive a Friends of the Association plaque and a formal acknolwedgment in the annual report.
- Donations of over $10,000 may be nominated toward specific purposes and may be held in a dedicated fund bearing the name of the donor.
What we fund?
The AAA Public Fund supports individuals to promote deeper understanding, protection and awareness of Australian moveable archaeological heritage and the archaeological arts of Indigenous Australians. Typically, we support educators, Indigenous people, researchers, students, museum and heritage workers. We acknowledge outstanding contributions to the promotion of archaeology in Australia through annual awards.
Rules and Guidelines
Prizes and Awards
The Australian Archaeological Association (“AAA”) Public Fund publishes annually, on its website, a full list of all Grants, Scholarships, Prizes and Awards (“Grants”) offered by the Fund. These Grants support projects that meet the objectives of the Fund and that serve to promote Australian moveable archaeological heritage and the archaeological arts of Indigenous Australians. Dates for application, procedures and rules for all Grants are published on the AAA Public Fund website.
Applications to all AAA Public Fund Grants are open to individuals only. As required by ATO, Grants may not be dispersed to organisations of any kind. Grant applications are accepted from anyone adhering to the procedures and rules advertised by the Fund.
The adjudication of all AAA Public Fund Grants is the sole responsibility of the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee. This sub-committee comprises nationally-recognised experts in the field of Australian moveable archaeological heritage and the archaeological arts of Indigenous Australians. The sub-committee is appointed annually by the AAA President and consists of no less than four members from no less than three states and/or territories. The AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee awards Grants on merit and the degree to which they promote Australian moveable archaeological heritage and the archaeological arts of Indigenous Australians.
Conflicts of Interest
There may be no direct relationship between the donor of a Grant and the successful AAA Public Fund Grant applicants (“Grantees”). Members of the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee, and their immediate family, may not apply for AAA Public Fund Grants. Should any member of the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee identify the possibility of a conflict of interest they are required to bring it to the attention of the AAA President.
Lists of all Grantees are communicated on the AAA Public Fund website, through media releases and at the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Archaeological Association.
- The Grantee will use the whole of the Grant exclusively for the project as described in the application for the Grant and not for any other purpose.
- The Grantee must abide by the AAA Code of Ethics.
- If the project is not completed by the end date specified on the application (“the Completion Date”) or any extension of the Completion Date approved in writing by the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee, no part of the Grant may be paid out or otherwise used after the Completion Date without the approval in writing of the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee.
- The Grantee must promptly advise the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee of any material change which may affect the Grantee’s ability to undertake or complete the Project within the specified period.
- The Grantee must keep detailed financial records to enable the use of grant funds to be checked readily.
- The Grantee must acknowledge the assistance of the AAA Public Fund in any dissertations, exhibitions, posters, publications, theses, web sites or similar material that relates to the project.
- The Grantee must give the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee, within such period after the Project is completed as is specified by the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee, a financial acquittal and a grant report. The report may be published on the website.
- The Grantee must ensure that all rights, consents, licences and permissions have been obtained prior to submitting audio-visual material. Audio-visual material sent to the AAA Public Fund should include captions, names of any people pictured and any acknowledgements required. The provision of information and images will be taken as permission to reproduce and publish.
- These Grant Conditions apply subject to such variations, deletions and additional conditions as may be stipulated by the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee to the Grantee at or before payment of the grant. By accepting payment of the grant the Grantee acknowledges that such variations, deletions and additional conditions apply to the grant.
How to apply?
Applications are open to individuals only. Grants may not be awarded to organisations of any kind. Applicants must use the application forms provided under each call and adhere to the Rule and Guidelines below. Only one application may be submitted per individual. Advertised deadlines are final.
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