Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools.
Through the fund the Royal Society of Chemistry 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.
Priority will be given to projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.
The Outreach Fund is split into two categories:
- Small grants – up to £2,000
- Large grants – between £2,000 and £10,000.
Previously funded projects include:
“Cool chemistry at the seaside” where the Society awarded a grant of £2,000 to volunteers in Ramsgate who transformed an empty town-centre shop into a makeshift theatre, delivering free chemistry demonstrations to anyone.
The closing date for small grants is 12 noon on the 14th January 2019.
Applications for the large grants programme are currently closed and will re-open for applications in January 2019.