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Fundraising and grants

British Science Association grants:

We currently provide four sources of funds to support branches in the development and delivery of their event programmes.

  1. Start-up grant

Branches are eligible to receive a start-up grant of £500 in their first year. At the end of the first year, if a branch has met all of the minimum requirements and has a balance of less than £1000, they will be eligible to receive a second and final grant of a further £500. If you are interested in setting up a new brach, please contact the regional team to discuss this further.

  1. British Science Week Grant

For British Science Week 2015, we are offering small activity grants (up to £300) and community event grants (up to £1000) to support branch events taking place during British Science Week.

  1. Strategic grants

Branches can apply for strategic grants to meet the costs of their events programme.  Grants are allocated to eight branches a year, and are based on the quality of the proposed programme, and its relation to our objectives. Visit our Strategic Grant page for more information and details on how to apply.

  1. Match Funding

Many branches seek to raise funds from other sources that are external to the British Science Association. In order to support this fundraising activity at a local level, we offer to match the money raised by branches. This means that up to £250 of the funds raised by your local branch could potentially be doubled through this scheme. Visit our Match Funding page for more information and details on how to apply.

Other sources of funding:

Recycle and raise money

The British Science Association has teamed up with Rethink Recycling Appeal. The company collects old mobile phones, printer cartridges, DVDs, Laptops and other electronic devices for reuse and recycling, allowing you to turn your waste into donations for your branch!

Fundraise while you shop

Easyfundraising allows you to raise money for your branch while you shop online with a wide variety of retailers. Registering is simple and free!

Discover Adventure

Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch. Discover Adventure has a range of challenges to suit both novice adventurers and experienced trekkers.

Royal Society Partnership Grant

Schools (primary and secondary) can apply for up to £3000 to work with scientists and engineers on creative investigations that inspire students with the excitement and wonder of cutting-edge science or engineering research. Click here for more information.

There are several other ways to raise additional funds for your Branch that will help to further strengthen Branch programmes. These sources fall into some broad categories:

  • Local businesses (cash and in-kind support)
  • Local trusts
  • National science grant-making bodies
  • Charging for some or all branch events (by ticket or a tin-shake for donations)
  • Schemes such as EasyFundraising, which enable you to support your branch whilst shopping online, at no extra cost.

Support for branches:

If you need any additional support or ideas for fundraising, the Regional Team is on hand to help. The Funding Central database is also a great place to look for local trusts which may be able to help support your Branch. If you are thinking of applying for a grant, please make sure you contact the Regional Team first, so we can support you in your application. Training is also available to branch members wanting to learn more about fundraising techniques.

 Fundraising Toolkit.pdf

 

 

Discover Adventure: Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch

 

 

 

Discover Adventure: Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch

 

 

 

Discover Adventure: Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch

Are you an athletic and active person, do you want to embark on a new challenging experience, see some great sceneries…or do you simply want an excuse to start training? Why not join one of the fantastic and diverse sport fundraising challenges offered by Discover Adventure and support your branch at the same time?

Discover Adventure challenges have been designed to be achievable for most people of average fitness, there’s plenty for you to choose from and experienced Discover Adventure  staff will offer help and guidance along the way. Click here to see some examples of their most popular challenges but you will find lots more for you to choose from on their website.

 

What payment options are available? How will the Association support me?

Open challenges are open to anyone wanting to raise money for any charity. We really appreciate our supporters’ help but unfortunately - due to limited resources - the British Science Association can only be supported via the self-payment option.  By choosing the self-payment option you will agree to fund your own Trip Cost[1] and donate 100% of your fundraising – whatever amount – to your chosen charity. At the Association, we highly appreciate the contribution of our supporters and we don’t want them to sustain any extra financial burdens.

 

Once you register, the Regional Fundraising and Support Officer will receive notification from Discover Adventure that you have decided to support the British Science Association as your chosen charity. Although you will be dealing directly with Discover Adventure regarding administration of your trip and everything that concerns your challenge, the Association would like to support you and show you their gratitude. The Regional Fundraising and Support Officer will contact you and, together with your Regional Officer, they will give you fundraising tips and they will help you advertise your story on our newsletter, social media and website, and when communicating with our supporters.  

The Association wants to support you in the best possible way and help you cover trip costs/registration fees so please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Regional Fundraising and Support Officer. After previous agreement between you and your branch, your supported branch will be eligible to apply for match funding to help you cover your trip costs up to £250. If trip costs/registration fees exceed that amount and you are not able/willing to pay full costs, we would suggest asking your local branch if they are happy for some of the funds raised to be used to do so. In any case, this should not exceed 30% of the total amount raised. Discover Adventure also offer a Flexi Payment option so you can pay your trip cost in as many instalments as you like to help spread the cost.

 

Why choose Discover Adventure

Discover Adventure specialises in fundraising trekking and cycling challenges. They have been running worldwide trips since 1994 and have built a great reputation for quality of service, professionalism, their friendly, flexible approach and our competitive prices. Your safety is one of Discover Adventure’s highest priority. Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to Discover Adventure’s 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind. Click here to find out more

   



[1] Trip Cost: Trip Cost + Registration Fee covers your flights (where applicable, some trips exclude flights as part of the trip cost), transfers, meals, permits, accommodation, experienced leadership, medical back-up, trip support and lots more! Please see specific trip itineraries for details of what is included.

 

Recycling appeal for the British Science Association - Donate to your Branch and help the environment!

 We are happy to announce that the British Science Association has recently teamed up with Rethink Recycling Appeal. The company collects old mobile phones, unused printer cartridges (toners and inkjets from nearly all mainstream brands on the market) , CDs/DVDs CDs/DVDs (in original packaging), Laptops and other electronic devices for reuse and recycling, allowing you to turn your waste into donations for your Branch! The British Science Association recognise

 We are happy to announce that the British Science Association has recently teamed up with Rethink Recycling Appeal. The company collects old mobile phones, unused printer cartridges (toners and inkjets from nearly all mainstream brands on the market) , CDs/DVDs CDs/DVDs (in original packaging), Laptops and other electronic devices for reuse and recycling, allowing you to turn your waste into donations for your Branch! The British Science Association recognises the importance of reducing its environmental footprint and will take steps to make its office and business both sustainable and ethical. By supporting our recycling appeal, you will help raise funds for our Branches and will you also make a valuable contribution to the Association’s environmental policy. Please click here to find out more about the company's waste licences.

Donating is very easy and completely free! All you need to do is click here and scroll down to select the British Science Association appeal and then click on Donate now to request a collection. The company will send you free postage envelopes for you to send back or arrange a free courier collection if you collect a minimum of 10 items. Please always check on their website what items you can send. If in doubt, please contact their friendly and helpful staff.



There are two ways for you to donate

1)     If you collect at least ten items at the time, you will be able to request free courier collections. This will enable us to identify your postcode and link it to your local Branch, therefore giving you the opportunity to donate to a specific Branch…so please get in touch with other fellow supporters to join forces and collect your recyclable goods! You can even collect during events or Branch meetings.

2)     You can request free postage envelopes to send back to Rethink Recycling Appeal if you are unable to collect at least ten items. The funds raised will go into a general pot which will be equally redistributed to all Branches as this option doesn’t allow us to match postcodes with individual Branches…but it would be the ideal solution if you want to support more than one Branch! Click here to get a free post label.

If you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the Regional Engagement Officer, Sabah Adams.

Thank you for helping us support our Branches and reach our environmental goals! Click here to find some more interesting facts about recycling.

...and you can now buy high quality recycled cartridges at a very competitive price and help your branch!

Recycling Appeal can also now offer remanufactured cartridges at a fraction of the cost you would usually pay. Not only will you save money but you'll raise a £1 donation to charity for every cartridge purchased!

Simply enter the name of your chosen charity into the charity box when you have placed your order and Recycling Appeal will do the rest! They'll provide regular updates on how much they have raised through the recycling of your cartridges and the purchase of new ones. They guarantee that you won't notice any difference between their cartridges and an original cartridge and they offer a full money back guarantee if you're not completely satisfied!

To see their full range of products and place an order click here.