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Events and Funding

This page is populated by the public engagement team as they become aware of funding opportunities, or opportunities to run an activity as part of someone else's event (e.g. a science tent at a music or arts festival).

If you are aware of current funding for public engagement activity not listed here, please email public-engagement@warwick.ac.uk and we will add this to the page.

This page is for time limited calls. For funding pots available all year round please take a look at our page of Funding Sources

 

The Coventry UK City of Culture Fund

There are two streams of funding available for artists, charities and other organisations to apply for.

1) The Get Ready Fund, with grants of up to £2,000 available, which can support a range of activity to help prepare for 2021. That could be everything from research, development and feasibility studies through to covering the costs of training or skills building courses.

2) The Road to 2021 Fund and this offers grants of up to £10,000. It is aimed at those who want to trial projects which may form part of the programme in 2021, or to develop new partnerships across the arts and cultural sector.

Those applying for grant funding are being encouraged to consider the four themes of Coventry’s UK City of Culture programme – Being Human, Moving, Underground and Reinvention, and to think about how their proposed activity will help to achieve step changes across the city.

All applications will be received by the Heart of England Community Foundation, which will manage the whole process on behalf of the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

The funding programme will be open on a rolling basis until the fund is expended. Applicants will hear an outcome within 13 weeks of submitting a complete application.


Research Enrichment Funding - Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research enrichment funding. This enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion. Three types of funding are available:

•public engagement – support for engaging the public with the applicant’s research, worth up to £250,000 or five per cent of the main Wellcome grant;

•open research – support for developing innovative ways to make the applicant’s research open, accessible and reusable, worth up to £50,000;

•diversity and inclusion – support for identifying and tackling barriers to diversity and inclusion in the applicant’s work, worth up to £20,000.

Current Wellcome-funded lead applicant grant holders and new applicants may apply. Applicants must be funded through an eligible Wellcome funding scheme, which excludes all master’s and PhD level funding among several other awards.

Funding may last until the end of the main Wellcome grant.


Ingenious Awards - Royal Academy of Engineering

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.

The Ingenious awards programme aims to:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Funding is available from £3,000 to £30,000.

Submission deadline: 4pm on Monday 1 October 2018

Tue 10 July 2018, 09:52 | Tags: Faculty of Science

Ingenious Awards - Royal Society of Engineering

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.

The Ingenious awards programme aims to:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering.

Funding is available from £3,000 to £30,000.

Submission deadline: 4pm on Monday 1 October 2018

Tue 10 July 2018, 09:51 | Tags: Faculty of Science

Science and Technologies Facilities Council Public Engagement Grants - Various

There is currently various grants available through the STFC:

Public engagement spark awards

These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science. Awards are worth up to £15,000 each.

Maximum award: £15,000

Closing date: 25 Oct 18 (recurring)


Public engagement nucleus awards

These support novel public engagement programmes that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology, as well as building and sustaining public engagement networks that develop communities of practice. Awards are worth up to £100,000 each over three years.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 08 Nov 18 (recurring)


Public engagement legacy awards

These enable STFC grant-funded public engagement programmes to continue to grow and evolve over time. Grants are worth up to £50,000.

Maximum award: £50,000

Closing date: 20 Feb 19 (recurring)


Leadership fellows in public engagement

This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. Grants are worth up to £100,000 for an estimated period of three years.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 21 Feb 19

Tue 10 July 2018, 09:45 | Tags: Faculty of Science

The Physiological Society - Public Engagement Grants

Public Engagement Grants of up to £5000 are available to both Member and non-Members of The Society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences.

We encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members. Please contact the Society if you would like to be connected with a physiologist.

The grant scheme aims to:

  • Inspire creative public engagement with physiology

  • Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach

  • Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance.

  • Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work.

Projects should:

  • Deliver a better understanding of physiology to lay audiences.

  • Consider longevity and legacy.

  • Consider impact on both audiences and researchers.

Applications can be submitted all year round, with two funding rounds.
The deadlines for the scheme are January 14 and June 14. Please note that reviews can take up to 6 weeks.

Mon 18 June 2018, 13:02 | Tags: Medical School

Are you working with a community or voluntary organisation in Warwickshire? Check out Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund

Warwickshire County Council are pleased to announce the launch of our Councillors' Grant Fund!

The Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. The Fund provides each of WCC’s 57 Councillors with a pot of £6000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:

  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent; and,
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.

All applications should aim to build community solutions to local issues and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire. In particular, applications which address one or more of the following priority categories will be favoured:

  • Improve community assets and their sustainability;
  • Improve access to services;
  • Improve financial capability; and/or,
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation.

Who can apply?

  • Constituted ‘not-for-profit’ community organisations in Warwickshire;
  • Non-constituted or new ‘not-for-profit’ groups working in Warwickshire that can be supported by a mainstream service or community group willing to administer the funds through an organisational bank account;
  • Warwickshire Town and Parish Councils.

Who cannot apply?

  • Groups or organisations that have failed to meet the conditions of previous award agreements from Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Locality Working Service
  • Party Political groups
  • Individuals

This is now an online application process and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) are holding a series of funding workshops to support groups or organisations considering applying to the Councillors’ Grant Fund. This will include providing guidance on: eligibility of projects, advice on completing a funding application, and signposting to other funding or support sources. Details of the workshops are outlined below.

Stratford: Monday 18th June from 5-7pm at Stratford on Avon District Council Offices (Elizabeth House, Church Street, CV37 6HX) – Link to book

Rugby: Monday 25th June from 5:30-7:30pm at Learn Warwickshire Hub (6 Mitchell Court, Castle Mound Way, Central Park, Rugby, CV23 0UY) – Link to book

  • There will also be a funding drop-in session in Rugby on Thursday 19th July from 10.30am-12.30pm at Moriarty’s Café (28 Regent Street, Rugby, CV21 2PS). No booking necessary, just call in!

Nuneaton and Bedworth: Wednesday 20th June from 6:30-8:30pm at St Nicolas Community Centre (Vicarage Street, Nuneaton CV11 4AZ) – Link to book

North Warwickshire: Thursday 21st June from 5:30-7:30pm at St Peters Church (Mancetter Road, Mancetter, CV9 1NH) – Link to book

For further guidance: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cllrgrants


Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Grant (Small)

Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Through the fund we aim to support projects that:

  • maximise our members' outreach and engagement contribution
  • offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach
  • provide hard-to-reach student audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people
  • increase chemistry and chemists' influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research.
  • Small grants - up to £2,000
Mon 04 June 2018, 09:14 | Tags: Faculty of Science

Healthcare Infection Society - Public Engagement Awards

This supports events where aspects of clinical microbiology, infection prevention and control, and healthcare associated infections are promoted to the public and other relevant stakeholders. The award is worth up to £1,000. This supports events where aspects of clinical microbiology, infection prevention and control, and healthcare associated infections are promoted to the public and other relevant stakeholders. The award is worth up to £1,000.

Mon 16 April 2018, 08:13 | Tags: Medical School

NCCPE & STFC launch new Wonder Match Programme

The NCCPE is pleased to announce that we are working with the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) to launch Wonder Match, a series of partnership-building events that are designed to support community organisations and STFC-funded scientists and engineers to explore collaborations that will allow diverse audiences to engage with STFC science and technology.

Do you have expertise working with underserved audiences or young people? Are you keen to support them to engage with science? Or are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of their research with others, and keen to learn from others about how to engage? Then the Wonder Match programme could be perfect for you. 

Upcoming events will be held in Leicester (8th June), Glasgow (14th June), Manchester and Birmingham.

Tue 10 April 2018, 09:41 | Tags: Collaboration Faculty of Science

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