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Seabird Group grants

Introduction

The Seabird Group has the facility to award small grants each year to help with costs associated with research projects, or with survey projects for the UK national seabird census. Grants can cover travel, subsistence, and equipment, but staff costs are excluded. Priority is given to Seabird Group members working on Atlantic seabirds.

Application

The Seabird Group funds 5-6 research grants each year. The maximum amount awarded per grant is £500. In the past research grants have been given towards ringing studies, productivity assessments, seawatching projects, and tracking studies, often in the UK but also abroad, e.g. in Portugal or Cabo Verde.

More information can be found on the Research Grants guidelines (link below). Applications should be submitted, preferably in electronic form, to the Secretary using the official application form available below. Applications should reach the secretary prior to the following dates: 31st October and 28/29th February. Following these dates, all applications will be circulated round the Committee and decisions taken. We aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within six weeks of these dates.

Census Grants

Separately, the Seabird Group also funds census grants to support survey projects for Seabirds Count, the UK national seabird census currently underway (see https://jncc.gov.uk for details). The last year of census surveys for Seabirds Count is 2021 and these grants aim to help fill the gaps in census coverage across the UK for the 2021 season. Census grants are usually around £500, although larger amounts may be funded. There is no time deadline for applications, but please apply as soon as possible, ready for 2021. For more information, please refer to the Census Grant Guidelines (see link below). Applications should be submitted, preferably in electronic form, to the Seabird Group secretary using the official Census Grant Application Form available below. Applications will be circulated to the Seabird Group committee, and we aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within a few weeks.

Report

Successful applicants for both research and census grants will be required to produce a short report on their work for the Seabird Group Newsletter. Any publication relating to the project results should state that a contribution to costs was awarded from the Seabird Group. The grant must be used for the purposes stated on the application form. The grant must be returned to the Seabird Group if not used by the applicant for the specific project. Details of expenditure and receipts for major items should be available for inspection if needed.

If you have any queries or need further information please contact the secretary. secretary@seabirdgroup.org.uk