The British Ecological Society invites its members and others to promote ecological science to an extensive audience. Outreach Grants of around £2,000 are offered to the audience.
The Society defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. It is therefore essential that applications promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.
To support projects that:
•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.
Eligibility and Conditions:
Awards are open to individuals and organizations to organize public engagement events in ecology. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the BES, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups.
Applications will not be considered for:
•Purchase of apparatus, including computers, cameras etc., unless these are integral to the application
Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered
Applications will be judged by a panel of reviewers against the following criteria and therefore need to demonstrate:
•Consistency with at least 2 of the grant’s objectives
•Awareness of public interest and concerns including the relevance of the project to the target audience(s)
•Exploration of ecological concepts and issues, rather than simply providing information: specific information should be provided regarding the aspects of ecological science that the project aims to communicate
•Clear objectives for the project and its potential impact
•Evidence of appropriate means of publicity to reach the target audience
•Size of the audience that the event/initiative will reach
•Clear plans and resources to assess the impact and legacy of the project
•Realistic costing and evidence that any shortfall in funding not covered by the Society’s award, or by other organizations, can be covered by the applicant
•Realistic assessment of practical issues such as copyright, insurance and health and safety
•Whether the activity depends on Society funding or that Society funding will add a significant element.
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