British Ecological Society - Outreach Grants

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 10 September 2018


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

Maximum Value: £ 2,000

Value Notes
Grants of up to £2,000 are available

Extended Description

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.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 10 September 2018.                                         

Key Criteria

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

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.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria and will therefore need to demonstrate:

  • 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 organisations, 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.


Match Funding Restrictions

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


Applications will not be considered for:

  • 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

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. Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Applications must be made using the online application form.

Contact the British Ecological Society for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Grants and Events Officer
British Ecological Society 
12 Roger Street 
0207 685 2507