As part of its commitment to growing and diversifying the community of people interested and involved in science, the British Science Association (BSA) runs the British Science Festival Community Grant Programme.

The British Science Festival, coordinated by the BSA, is Europe's longest-standing national event which connects people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists. Tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate the latest developments in science and to engage in open discussion about issues that affect our culture and society. The British Science Festival 2019 will be in Coventry and Warwickshire from 10-13 September, hosted by the University of Warwick.

The BSA is providing grants of £500 to community groups/organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire that work directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity. We want to empower and support community groups to run their own science activities as part of the British Science Festival, enabling new local audiences to engage with science.

Applications will open 1 May 2019.

For more information on the grant scheme, you can read the 2018 grant guidelines. The 2019 grant guidelines will be available shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the BSA at [email protected].

Below are descriptions of our previous grant recipients and the brilliant events they ran.

2018 recipients in Hull & the Humber:

  • Community Forward is a not-for-profit organisation that helps hard-to-reach communities with basic catering skills and educational and recreational activities. They held drop-in photography sessions that used creativity to engage young people in science and technology.
  • St Stephen's Neighbourhood Centre offers a wide range of activities and events for the local community. They ran sessions looking at the science behind flight with their regular weekly groups, including those with disabilities, the elderly, and young people.
  • Toranj Tuition is a not-for-profit community organisation that stimulates social mobility and facilitates equal opportunities by providing free educational activities to people from low-income families. They ran scientist-led seminars for refugees and asylum-seekers in Hull, looking at the challenges and opportunities in the science sector for these groups.
  • Seeds of Change, a group run by the student’s union at Wilberforce Sixth Form, ran an event promoting healthy lifestyle choices to the students of the college.
  • Best Hope is an organisation that actively promotes social cohesion, community integration and access to services for disadvantaged people. They ran a two-day project for the young people they are working with to learn more about food science and nutrition.  

2017 recipients in Brighton & Hove:

  • Brighton Table Tennis Club used table tennis to engage local disadvantaged young people with maths. The group showcased PingMaths, an innovative approach to numeracy skills, which they use to support refugees and asylum seekers as well as other disadvantaged young people.
  • Plot 22 is a community allotment space that works with local groups, including a dementia gardening group and local migrant groups. They ran observation and survey sessions to help participants understand what lives in and around their ponds and why.
  • Stay Up Late is a charity promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities. Their user-led advisory group, “The Storm and Thunder Team”, participated in a technology workshop run by a local non-profit arts organisation in which they used electronics to explore sound creation.
  • The Whitehawk Inn is a community centre based in a disadvantaged area of Brighton. They held sessions to promote science-based careers as realistic and viable choices; activities included talks, workshops and 1:1 advice and guidance sessions.
  • Craggers Brighton and Hove Unemployed Climbers Group provides activities to boost the confidence of those who experience social exclusion. Their volunteers ran a day of natural history activities in Friston Forest.
  • Tarner Community Project is a neighbourhood charity supporting those experiencing high levels of deprivation in the Tarner area of Brighton. They held an evening of hands-on science activities for their NEET group.
  • One Church Brighton works almost exclusively with NEETs. Their barista training project ran an event using sensory science and lab testing protocols to explore how coffee is brewed and how people experience drinking it.
  • Kennedy St & Co. supports those recovering from addiction. Their community connections group invited those who were interested or already engaging in a recovery process to attend a workshop on the science behind mindfulness.
  • House of Cultural Curiosity is an arts organisation that brings communities together to express aspects of their culture. They invited participants to make their own shampoo from recycled materials, locally sourcing herbs, flowers and plants in and around local estates, and leftover beer from the local community pub.