OPAL grants - deadline approaching

Martin Harvey's picture

Don't forget - the deadline for applications to OPAL's Grants Scheme is 12 noon on Tuesday 4 May 2010.

The Grants Scheme is open to all national and local natural history societies, recording schemes and similar groups that are active within England, including regional branches of national organisations. The group's primary focus must be biological.

For full details see the OPAL website. Have a look also at the wide range of projects that were funded last year, when OPAL awarded 28 grants of between £500 and £2000, including help towards improving websites and buying new equipment, and organising family days and conferences.


Apus's picture

OPAL grants

Why are these confined to England only?

Martin Harvey's picture


OPAL is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which only operates in England (I understand that the lottery has other funding streams for the other countries). There is nothing to stop people from further afield taking part in the OPAL surveys and making use of iSpot, but unfortunately OPAL is not able to directly fund activities in the other countries.

Entomologist and biological recorder

antoniuss's picture

A public event can be the

A public event can be the perfect way for a natural history society to engage new audiences and attract new members.

The British Pteridological Society used its £500 OPAL grant to organise a ferns and fossils event at Manchester Museum on 26 September 2009.

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