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.

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.

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. Applications will open on 15 November and close on 30 November 2017. Applicants will be notified of the results in January 2018. The projects can commence immediately after the funding decision has been issued and must conclude by the end of the summer term 2019 at the latest.

The following criteria will be used to assess the applications:

  • Quality of educational content, with regard to preparation, delivery and post-project follow-up
  • Architectural 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

Further information on how to apply is available here (in Finnish).

The Finnish Cultural Foundation organised a Seminar on Community Archaeology on 29 September 2017. You can find the links to the Seminar at Youtube from here.