Royal Society of Chemistry Small Outreach Grants, deadline 11 May 2020
27 April 2020
Public Engagement - funding
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 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 they aim to support projects that:
- maximise RSC 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 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.
RSC has made some changes to the scheme to recognise that some projects may need to amend their approaches during the Covid-19 pandemic. These changes include:
- A recognition that the nature of projects may change. Applicants may be reflecting on and evaluating existing activities rather than creating new initiatives.
- Restrictions on salary and freelancer costs are being relaxed.
- The upper limit of the small outreach grants has been increased from £2,000 to £5,000.
- Small grant applications will be considered on a monthly basis.
All applications will be judged on the following criteria and should clearly demonstrate:
- that the project has a significant aspect which is related to the chemical sciences
- that the project has a clearly identified target audience
- that the intended impact on the audience has been defined
- that evaluation plans are built into the project
Applications for schools engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:
- enrich student's chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum
- provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
- demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
- provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, e.g for hard-to-reach student audiences.
Applications for public engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:
- increase chemists' visibility as approachable people AND/OR
- increase the publics' confidence in discussing chemistry AND/OR
- demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday interests and concerns.
In addition, all projects involving member and volunteer engagement activities in order to deliver the schools or public engagement activities above, should also:
- provide members with new opportunities to directly interact with the public
- allow members to communicate chemistry, and their roles within chemistry, with passion.
The deadlines are:
- 11 May
- 15 June
- 13 July
- 10 August
- 14 September
The deadline for large grants is currently set to be 14 September.
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