British Science Association grants

We currently provide a range of funds to support branches in the development and delivery of their event programmes. These sources of funding are dependent the BSA receiving funding from different sponsors and funders, so may change each year.

Match funding - now open

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.

The Match Funding grant scheme is now open. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the budget for the year is exhausted.

Grant criteria and application form

Strategic grants

Each summer, branches can apply for strategic grants to support the delivery of local events and activities that promote the BSA's vision and reach our target audiences. For 2017, the BSA is offering traditional strategic grants, for up to £500, as well as community connecting grants, for up to an additional £500:

  1. Strategic grants (basic) – up to £500 to support your branch in delivering local events and activities. Grants can be used to support the running of particular events, or to support the general running of the branch, so long as the branch can demonstrate that your current events align with the BSA’s vision.
  2. Strategic grants (community connecting) – up to £500 to support your branch in forming new links with local communities that do not usually engage with science activity. This should be more than the running of events for new audiences but involve new partners in the creation and delivery of events.

The next strategic grant round will open in summer 2018. In the meantime, you can read the 2017 grant guidelines.

British Science Week grants

For British Science Week we offer grants from £300 - 1000 to support branch events. Grant applications for British Science Week open the autumn before. Please see the following page for more details.

Other branch grants

In addition to these three main grants, the BSA also provides funding for branches to participate in other projects. Recently, these have included grants for Future Debates (past phases having been robotics and genomic data privacy) and Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum.

Other sources of funding

External grant schemes

Many learned societies and other organisations also provide small grants. The BSW guide to funding is packed with helpful advice about grant applications, and also has a list of some of the grants available this year. The Funding Central Database is also a great place to look for local trusts which may be able to help support your branch. Finally, our branches fundraising toolkit is an extensive source of information about all things fundraising related, including grant applications.

Fundraise while you shop

Easyfundraising is a free online service that allows you to directly support your branch while you shop online.

When any supporter of the British Science Association, family and friends register to shop online, using the Easyfundraising website, a percentage of what is spent is passed to your unit, at no additional cost to you! You can use Easyfundraising to shop with over 2,700 retailers, including Amazon, Tesco, M&S, Argos and John Lewis.

To start generating funds for your branch, just follow these steps:

• Visit
• Search for your branch
• Click on ‘Support this Branch’
• Enter your details
• You can also choose to download the ‘Find and Remind’ tool as this helps to raise up to five times more!
• Follow the links to shop through online retailers.

For more information about how the scheme works, click here.