Financial support for the Historical Thesaurus has been provided by:

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council, 2000–2006
  • The Axe-Houghton Foundation, 1978–1981
  • The British Academy, 1975–2004
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 1998
  • The Leverhulme Trust, 1969–1997
  • The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, 1977
  • The Manpower Services Commission, 1981-1988
  • The Modern Humanities Research Association, 1986
  • The University of Glasgow, 1969 onwards

Other universities have also provided support through staff involvement in the project:

  • Brock University, Ontario (Angus Somerville)
  • University of Dortmund (Hans Peters)
  • University of London (Jane Roberts)
  • University of Munich (Günter Kotzor)
  • University of Regensburg (Reinhard Gleissner)
  • University of Regina (Thomas Chase)

Further development work on the project's database was carried out as part of the Joint Information Systems Committee project Enroller and as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council project SAMUELS.