Robert J. Morgan Grant-in-Aid Program

The Beaton Institute, in partnership with CBU Press, is now accepting applicants for the Robert J. Morgan Grant-in-Aid Program.  Applications to a maximum of $5000.00 will be considered. The Robert J. Morgan Grant-in-Aid Program is open to scholars, researchers, authors, societies and organizations for the purpose of bringing into publication a Cape Breton related work.  

Dr. Robert J. Morgan (1938-2011) has made the Grant-in-Aid Program possible through a generous endowment which will provide continuing financial support to this program.  Throughout his life, Bob made significant personal and professional contributions in the field of archives, community history, and local publishing. In Dr. Morgan’s memory, this award is intended to assist researchers of Cape Breton related themes reach a broader audience through publication by CBU Press.

“Bob transformed the archives into a research centre out of which has grown the wealth of regional and Cape Breton research and programming which is evident at Cape Breton University today,” says Catherine Arseneau, manager of the Beaton Institute. “He remained with the university for 26 years and in 1990 was appointed the first Dean of Research and Development.” Dr. Morgan’s contributions were also felt on a national level, as he was a founding member of the National Archival Appraisal Board where, in 1976, he served as Vice President. “Through his legacy, this Grant-in-Aid Program is possible.”

“The awarded project(s) will become a volume within the publication series to be known as Cape Bretoniana: Beaton Institute Research Series,” explains Arseneau. This series has been named after the original name of the Beaton Institute; a regional archive which reflects the depth and breadth of Cape Breton’s history, heritage and culture – an area Dr. Morgan knew well. “During his life, Dr. Morgan made an outstanding contribution to the archival community, the heritage sector, and the scholarly field of local history, particularly the history of Cape Breton Island,” says Arseneau. Dr. Morgan served as Director of the Breton Institute from 1976 until his retirement of CBU in 2000. “It is in honour of Dr. Morgan’s contributions and commitment to community that this series is dedicated.”

These grants are intended to provide encouragement for research which needs a little assistance to be ready for publication. The awarded funds may be applied to project related expenses such as travel, manuscript preparations, editorial support, translation services, etc.

“The Grant-in-Aid Program operates on a limited budget and will try to assist as many individuals/institutions as possible within these limited resources,” explains Arseneau.  Applications will be accepted up to September 30th, 2013, and questions about the application process should be addressed to Catherine Arseneau and interested applicants are encouraged to view the guidelines on the Beaton Institute web site: .

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Catherine Arseneau
Manager, Breton Institute
Cape Breton University
t: (902) 563-1326