The British Science Association's mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; to reach under-served audiences; and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science.

A key element of achieving this mission is supporting and working with community groups and organisations across the UK. We have a range of programmes in which we support organisations who work with groups who are under-served and under-represented in science:

  • The British Science Week Community Grant scheme provides grants of £500-1000 for community groups to run their own science activities as part of British Science Week and beyond
  • The British Science Festival Community Grant scheme provides grants of £500 for community groups in the host city of the British Science Festival to run their own science events as part of the Festival.
  • The Community Leaders programme trains individuals to become science ambassadors in their communities by upskilling them, supporting them in developing long-term science engagement projects, and facilitating collaboration between their community groups and the science communication sector.
  • Our new Community Engagement Network aims to support, connect and inspire community organisations interested in providing science content to their audiences/users.
  • Science Live is our online platform for connecting event organisers, volunteers and speakers to put on science events.

Groups can also find activity resources specifically designed for use with families or clubs in our community group activity packs. The packs are available in English, Welsh, Polish and Russian.

If you'd like to get in touch about any of the above programmes, or if you have any questions or advice, please contact us at [email protected].

To keep up-to-date on our programmes, join the above mentioned Community Engagement Network and follow BSA Communities on Twitter.