The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity has launched its first ever Community Grants Programme on Monday 7 August 2023.
The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity has been running since 2013, delivering a two-week festival each February that aims to engage new audiences across Nottinghamshire with science and curiosity. The Festival aims to change perceptions of science in our everyday lives, stimulate innovation and creativity and facilitate dialogue between scientists, researchers and civil society. The Festival is a registered charity and commissions Nottingham-based education charity Ignite! to deliver its programme each year.
By working as a partnership with a wide range of organisations, including universities, schools, libraries, community and cultural organisations, the Festival has reached far and wide into Nottinghamshire, taking activities out into community spaces where everyone can interact, engage and express their curiosity.
However, the Festival recognises that more can be done to engage with specific audiences that are currently not directly involved. The Community Grants Programme is being piloted for the 2024 Festival to:
– increase engagement with community groups in Nottinghamshire, with a focus on audiences that don’t usually take part in the Festival
– support organisations and groups to engage with the Festival via funding and access to networks
– increase awareness of the Festival beyond its usual partners and communities
– include more events in the Festival programme that are co-created by communities and are guided by their interests.
The Festival will fund three projects with grants of up to £500 each to organisations who are interested engaging their audiences with science and curiosity through a project or event during the 2024 Festival (5-16 February). The grants will have a particular focus on reaching children & families who are of Black/Black British heritage, children who are disabled and children & families who live in areas that are remote or areas of disadvantage.
Organisations interested in applying are encouraged to get in touch with the Ignite! team to discuss their ideas before applying. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 24 September 2024.
More information can be found on the 2024 page of the Festival website.