British Science Week (BSW) is an annual grassroots celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Running from the 10-19 March 2017, it will feature fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. It is one of many initiatives run by the British Science Association (BSA): a charity with the vision of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture
During last year’s BSW there were over 5000 events that reached a whopping 1.6 million people – and next year, the BSA aim to make it even bigger.
As part of its commitment to grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science, they have opened their third annual BSW Community Grant Scheme. This has been put in place to support community-based participation, empowering traditionally under-represented groups to run their own science activity during BSW, specifically:
- people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
- people with low socio economic status (SES)
- young people with anti-social behaviour, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- people with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities (Equalities Act 2010)
- people living in a remote and rural location (settlements of less than 10,000 people with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more)
- girls and women
Based on the success of the scheme in 2015 and 2016, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provided funding to expand it for BSW 2017. On offer are the usual £500 grants, as well as new larger grants of up to £1000:
- £500 grants are for community groups to run one or more events during BSW
- Up to £1000 grants are for community groups to run one or more events during BSW, as well as follow-up activities that will lead to continued engagement after BSW.
What did the grant scheme achieve last year?
Case studies with some of last year’s grant recipients got to the root of why supporting community-run science activities is crucial for reaching under-represented audiences
How do I apply?
Additional information about the grant scheme, including the grant guidelines and information on how to apply, can be found on the BSW website. Please read the grant guidelines before applying to ensure that your proposal has the best chance of being awarded funding. Grant applications for BSW 2017 will close on 21 November 2016 at 5pm.
Get in touch with the BSW team at BSW@britishscienceassociation.org if you have any questions or concerns, and hopefully next year we’ll be getting feedback like this from you:
“I had a fantastic time organising our BSW event and the feedback from attendees has been amazing.”
“We had a brilliant experience and our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
“It was fantastic. I can’t express how useful the grant has been to our organisation.”