Community grant case studies

Learn about the community grant and see case studies from previous applicants

British Science Week Community Grants

For British Science Week 2018, the British Science Association will once again be administering a community grants scheme to help groups and organisations that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and not currently engaged in science activity.

Community organisations may apply for a grant of £500 or £1000 if they are targeting any of the following audiences:

  • people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • people with low socioeconomic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • young people facing adversity, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • people with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities (Equalities Act 2010)
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

2016 case studies

To highlight the impact the grants can have on community leaders, their audiences and their organisations, we compiled case study interviews with six 2016 grant recipients.

Read about their experiences: 2016 Community Grant case studies

2015 case studies

We also have four 2015 case studies which further highlight the high quality and breadth of community grant events, focusing here on how the grant recipients organised and delivered their activities:

Commotion Arts “Gesture Café”
Gesture Café was an exploration of our everyday conversational gestures. The event invited visitors to think and notice their own and other’s gestures through a range of activities, films and a specially created sound installation. Gesture Café celebrated the beauty of these diverse and complex hand movements and provided explanations to the reasons why we use gestures and how they help us to communicate. The target audience was the general public – Commotion Arts aimed to attract a diverse audience of adults, children and families.

Download and read the full case study: Commotion Arts case study

National Autistic Society, Ladbroke Grove Centre “Science Bonanza Week”
The Ladbroke Grove Centre ran a week of science-themed evenings. The main aim of the events was to explore different aspects of science in a relaxed and informal setting where the people we support and the wider community were able to access a range of scientific based themes and hands-on activities.

The organisers wanted to show the enormous effect science has on our everyday lives, from the music we listen to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Their target audience was initially the people we support through the different services based at the centre (student support, supported living, outreach, 1:1 and social groups and the day centre). From this we opened the events up to local charities, councils and social services, colleges and the wider community as a whole.

Download and read the full case study: National Autistic Society case study

Full Circle, St Paul’s Youth & Family Project “Science Extravaganza”
This event was an evening of science activities for the St Paul’s Youth & Family Project’s youth club. The aim was to introduce science to a group who do not have regular access to after-school or holiday activities, and who may not have aspirations to aim for a job that requires STEM skills or to undertake further education in these areas. The target audience was young people aged 8-13. The youth centre is one of the only places for young people to meet and gather in Bristol’s most deprived wards, and the demographics of its audience are 90% BME, mostly Afro-Caribbean and Somali.

Download and read the full case study: Full Circle Youth Club case study

Museum of Cannock Chase “Engineering Remembrance”
The museum’s event programme was closely linked to its WW1 ceramic exhibition ‘Resonance’, and consisted of a series of workshops, talks and walks centred around topics explored in the exhibition. The team also ran a specialist drama workshop for a pre-booked group of children and teens. Activities were targeted at a variety of age groups and abilities, allowing everyone the opportunity to learn and explore the importance of science and engineering in the building of WW1 trenches.

Download and read the full case study: Museum of Cannock Chase case study