Applications will be judged against the following criteria, and should clearly demonstrate:
- that the project has a significant aspect which is related to the chemical sciences
- that the project explores underlying concepts and issues in the chemical sciences, rather than just providing information
- the relevance of the project to the people that are going to take part (Involvement of people who do not have a pre-existing interest in the chemical sciences is particularly encouraged.)
- that the applicant has a clear understanding of effective ways to engage with the people who are going to take part in the project (Projects linked to events in the wider community – for example, local festivals, anniversaries etc, are welcome.)
- that the aim of the project is not solely to deliver the curriculum to school age students
- that the applicant has a clear understanding of the link between:
- what the project is trying to achieve with relation to the people who will take part
- how it might achieve this
- how the applicant will be able to find out whether it has done so
- that the project is cost effective
- how our funding will be used and how it will add to the project. For medium and large grants, applications which have a proportion of matched and/or in-kind funding are particularly encouraged.
- that the project plan is robust. In particular, that there is a plan to meet any shortfall in funding not covered by the Outreach Fund, and that there is a plan to cover unexpected absences of key personnel (for example, through illness)
- that the project involves an appropriate range of partners
- that the applicant has made a realistic assessment of practical issues such as safeguarding, copyright, insurance and health and safety issues
Grants will not be awarded to:
- cover the cost of textbooks or equipment required to deliver the core curriculum in schools
- support RSC Education department core programme activities (We have a schools event programme that is supported locally throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland by our team of education coordinators. All applications to the outreach fund for events aimed at school age students should justify why their event is not more suitably funded through our core programme which consists of the following.
- cover the cost of projects aimed solely at delivering teacher CPD
- projects whose primary aim is to generate a financial surplus (Applicants should clearly outline any surplus that they expect to generate in their budget.)
- projects where our support does not significantly enhance the activity
- cover the cost of projects that are part of an organisation’s usual programme of activities
- cover the cost of general purpose hardware, apparatus or equipment such as digital cameras or computers etc, unless it is shown to be integral to the project, will be used beyond the project lifetime to communicate chemistry and does not make up the majority of the project costs
Small grants cannot be used to cover the cost of project staff who receive a full-time salary from their organisation or employer. Medium and large grants may be used for this purpose, but all salary costs must be clearly outlined and justified in the application.
Please note: We are no longer able to support outreach activity that will be taking place outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
We can accept applications to the Outreach Fund from both individuals and organisations. This includes, but is not limited to, our members and member networks, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries.
Previous recipients of any of our grants, including the Outreach Fund, are welcome to apply for funding; this can be to scale-up a project that already exists or to fund the development of an original project.
The assessment panel will take into account the quality of the evaluation that we received for any projects for which we have awarded previous funding. Applicants should not resubmit an unsuccessful application unless invited to do so.
All activity must take place within the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submitting their application.
All applications must be received in English.
For more information on our eligibility and criteria, please refer to our FAQs.