Our work Community Engagement Network 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. Via programmes like the British Science Week Community Grants and the British Science Festival Community Grants, we provide small pots of funding for community groups to run science events, and our Community Leaders programme trains individuals to become science ambassadors in their communities. We are now taking the next step in supporting community outreach by establishing a Community Engagement Network. With the Community Engagement Network, we will further support organisations who work with groups who are under-served and under-represented in science. The network aims to: Reach and meet the needs of unengaged audiences Inspire and build confidence of community organisations interested in providing science content to their audiences/users but which otherwise might not do so Connect community organisations with one another, fostering dialogue and shared learning Connect community organisations with local science organisations, facilitating new partnerships and projects Build a body of evidence of impact of community engagement with unengaged audiences Celebrate and share best practice Enable long-term community engagement by providing on-going support to members. COVID-19 Community Innovation Grants (closed) COVID-19 placed science firmly in the public conscious. It has also profoundly affected how we interact with each other. Community organisations across the country have been resourceful in responding to their user’s immediate needs. We recognise the huge value that they have in their local areas. To aid further innovation and recovery for communities as we emerge from the initial shock of the pandemic, we have partnered with UK Research and Innovation to provide grants up to £2,000 for community groups/organisations to run activities and projects between 1 September – 30 November 2020. The mission of the grant scheme is to support community groups to explore and trial new, alternative ways of running science-related activities for their audiences in the wake of COVID-19. We are keen to share narratives and learnings of grant recipients as the projects progress and will support them to do so. Further information, including T&Cs, can be found in the grant guidelines. Eligibility To be eligible for a grant, you must represent a community-based group or organisation that works directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes: people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income; people with a physical or mental condition or impairment; people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people; girls and women. COVID-19 has particularly affected people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We are especially keen for groups/organisations who serve people from such communities to apply. How to apply The deadline for applications has now passed. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]. Network membership We are always building the Community Engagement Network and are looking for organisations to get in touch if they would like to join. To be a full member, your organisation's primary audience/users must be those who are under-served and under-represented in science. These include the following groups: people from ethnic minorities people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income people with a physical or mental condition or impairment people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people; and girls and women. We are also inviting organisations that run some activities with the above groups to join the Network as associate members. As a member of this network you will be notified of opportunities offered by the BSA and other organisations. We would also like to help you better connect with other community organisations across the UK that may be doing similar work or may otherwise be able to support you. If you agree to join the network, we would like to be able to share information about your organisation and your contact details with other network members. Your contact details will not be shared with third parties outside of the network and will only be shared within the network when we think there is an opportunity to facilitate learning. For more information please see the BSA Privacy Information. If you would like to join the new Community Engagement Network, please email [email protected] with the following information: your name your email address the name of your organisation the city/town and region where your organisation is based which under-served audiences you work with (please see the above list) whether you're joining as a full member or an associate member We will then be in touch soon with new developments and opportunities. If you have any questions, please get in touch! For more information about the work the British Science Association does to support and engage with community groups, please visit our Community Engagement page and follow BSA Communities on Twitter.