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Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme (UK)

Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools.

Applications for schools engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • enrich student's chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum
  • provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
  • demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
  • provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, e.g for hard-to-reach student audiences.

Applications for public engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • increase chemists' visibility as approachable people AND/OR
  • increase the publics' confidence in discussing chemistry AND/OR
  • demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday interests and concerns.

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories: small grants - up to £2,000 and large grants - between £2,000 and £10,000. 

Previously funded projects include "Cool chemistry at the seaside" where the Society awarded a grant of £2,000 to volunteers in Ramsgate who transformed an empty town-centre shop into a makeshift theatre, delivering free chemistry demonstrations to anyone. 

The closing date for both the small and large grants schemes is the 13th January 2020.

7th October 2019