Grants for community climate change research

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Lisa Paton

Could connecting with a researcher help your community group run a project exploring a local climate change issue?

The British Science Association (BSA) has launched a new funding programme, The Highlands and Islands Climate Change Community Grant, which will offer grants of up to £4,500 to community groups to work with a researcher on a climate issue project. 

Projects can be a new idea or build on existing work by the community which would benefit from partnership with a researcher. They're especially keen to hear from communities about projects that seek to explore adaptations to the effects of climate change. 

The BSA will help connect a researcher with each community group to collaborate on their project. The BSA want this to be an accessible learning experience for the communities and researchers involved. There is support available through the whole grant process, including the development of applications (with webinars and individual support), matching up and partnering with researchers and during the delivery of the project itself.

Communities and activities should be based in the Highlands and Islands – specifically for this grant defined as based in the following council areas: Highland Council, Moray Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands, Argyll and Bute Council, Isle of Arran and Isle of Cumbrae.

Interested applicants should register interest now. A webinar to share information about the scheme and the application process is being held on 13 December from 2-4pm which anyone interested is encouraged to attend. 

Applications close on 31 January 2022, and funded projects are expected to run from April to October 2022.

For full details, to register interest and sign up for the webinar, visit the British Science Association's website