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Awards are made to encourage educational outreach, public engagement, and related initiatives in palaeontological themes. Normally, the budget for an individual grant would be less than £5,000 GBP. However, under exceptional circumstances, a budget of up to £10,000 GBP for an individual application will be considered. Grants can support either stand-alone complete projects, or they can be ‘proof of concept’ case studies that have their own outcomes but that form the groundwork for a larger bid elsewhere.

Applications for salary costs are permitted, providing a full justification is given, but if awarded all legal and financial liability will lie with the applicant (see: Categories of expenditure for which the Palaeontological Association does not provide support).

Other conditions

Proposals must fit with the charitable aims of the Association.

Preference is given to applications for a single purpose (rather than top-ups of grants for existing projects). We particularly encourage applications with an innovative aspect, such as engaging with new media, and especially cases that will disseminate good practice.

The principal applicant must be a member of the Association. Preference will normally be given to candidates who have not previously won an award. The application deadline is 1st September and funds will normally be available from 1st November each year. The awards will be announced at the Annual General Meeting.

Proposals will be ranked on the following criteria:

  • Fit to the charitable aims of the Association
  • Imaginative quality, innovation, and likely spread and impact of the proposal
  • Feasibility, value for money and cost effectiveness
  • Track record of the investigator in engagement and education initiatives

Deadline 11.59pm 1 September.

Find full details and how to apply on the Paeleontological Association's website.