7 October 2019
British Science Week 2020 Funding for Community Groups
Community based groups in the UK that need some funding to create events or activities that engage under-represented audiences as part of British Science Week 2020 can apply now.
British Science Week (BSW) is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that is coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The grants are available for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.
Groups that are underrepresented in science include:
- People who are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME).
- People with low socio economic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income.
- People with a physical or mental condition or impairment.
- People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people.
- Girls and women.
Two levels of grants are available:
- £500 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week.
- £1,000 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week, as well as follow-up activities that will lead to continued engagement after British Science Week.
The funding can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport or other costs of activities or events celebrating British Science Week in 2020 (6-15 March 2020).
Priority will be given to events and activities that show they fit with the BSA’s goal of making science a fundamental part of culture and society by:
- Being embedded in the local community, with community members involved in some aspect of the planning or delivery of the event.
- Showcasing science’s role in everyday life, challenging the idea that science is separate from culture, and/or breaking down stereotypes of what it means to be a scientist or engage with science.
- Leaving a legacy, providing a way for those involved to continue their engagement with science after the event has ended.
The deadline for applications is 11 November 2019 (5pm).