LAGNA is an independent organisation that does not receive any statutory funding. We have previously been the recipient of two generous grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In 2004, we received the first grant for a project titled Queer Britain: the Gay Community and the Straight Press 1953-1988. The funding allowed us to employ three paid staff: Project Manager, Cataloguer and an Outreach Officer/Volunteer Co-ordinator. The Cataloguer managed a team of volunteers in sorting and cataloguing a vast backlog of cuttings and making them accessible to users of the collection. The Outreach Officer promoted the archive through a series of talks across the United Kingdom. As a result of this project, the number of enquires to the archive increased considerably.
In addition to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2004, LAGNA was given a grant of £1000 by the 'Stonewall Iris Trust' to print new literature and leaflets. Part of this grant was used towards the Queer Britain project the following year.
Our second grant, in 2007, was for a project - 1967: And All That - to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967. Three staff were employed: Project Manager, Researcher and Project Officer. This project was a joint collaboration with the Hall Carpenter Archive (HCA) at the London School of Economics. As part of the funding, we created a exhibition, comprising of material form both the LAGNA and HCA collections. The exhibition has been displayed in a number of public venues across London. We also created a leaflet for individuals and LGB organisations and businesses on the preservation and deposit of their archival collections.
Further to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2007 'Awards For All' granted LAGNA £1,500 to pay for volunteer expenses and some new filing cabinets.
LAGNA welcomes donations!