British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants

14th January 2022

Grants are available to organisations to support projects that promote ecological science to a wide audience.

Fund Information

Funding body: British Ecological Society
Maximum value: £ 2,000
Application deadline: 18/03/2022

Background

This fund is managed by the British Ecological Society (BES). Ecology is defined by the BES as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment.

Objectives of Fund

The British Ecological Society (BES) is providing grants through its Outreach Grants programme to help promote ecological science to a wide audience.

Ecology is defined by the BES as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,000 are available

Match Funding Restrictions

The maximum award is £2,000. However, the award may be used as part-funding for larger projects involving other sponsors.

Who Can Apply

All individuals and organisations that are able to organise public engagement events in ecology are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Members of the BES
  • Researchers
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Community groups.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Staff salaries (one off costs that are relevant to completing the event eg sub-contracting for logo design, will be considered as long as these are justified in the application).
  • Purchase of apparatus, including computers, cameras etc., unless these are integral to the application.
  • Training courses that are not associated with developing skills in communicating the science of ecology for a public facing audience eg specific skills training courses for academics are not eligible for funding.
  • Academic meetings.
  • Closed meetings
  • Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children.

Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.

Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools.

Eligible Expenditure

It is essential that applications promote and engage the public with the science of ecology.

All objectives must be aimed at a non-academic audience and all projects must provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the public.

Projects must be consistent with at least two of the following objectives:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology.
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society.
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested.
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

Location

Great Britain

How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 18 March 2022 (5pm).

Applications must be made using the online application form.

More information is available here.