The vision of the British Ecological Society (BES) is “a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology”. Its mission statement is to “generate, communicate and promote ecological knowledge and solutions”.
The Society has an 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”.
Members of the BES, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups (please note this is not an exclusive list) in England, Scotland and Wales may apply for a grant of up to £2,000.
While applications from museums and schools are welcomed, projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children are not considered.
No match funding is required, although the grant can be used as match funding towards other grant applications.
Projects must meet at least two of BES's following aims:
o Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology.
o Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society.
o Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested, and/or
o Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.
Funding is not available for:
o 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).
o Purchase of apparatus, including computers, cameras etc., unless these are integral to the application.
o 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.
o Academic meetings.
o Closed meetings, or
o Projects that are for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.
The application deadline for the Society's Outreach Grants programme is Monday 9 September 2019.
Further information, including scoring criteria and an online application form, is available on the BES website.
Contact details for BES are:
The Grants and Events Officer
The British Ecological Society
12 Roger Street
Tel: 0207 685 2507