Small Grants Scheme

Small grants for voluntary invertebrate recording, training, conservation and data collation projects in Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and part of Greater Manchester.

Deadlines for applications None
Decision response time Within three weeks
Grants amounts Up to £750
Eligibility Recorders (over 18s only), recording groups and conservation organisations. 
Application form  Open PDF (0.55mb)
Priority species Open PDF  (0.13mb) or Detailed Excel Version (0.03 mb)
Priority taxon groups Open PDF (0.13mb)

Introduction

Through this Small Grants Scheme, Tanyptera Trust is supporting the compilation of data-rich information about aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, their distribution and conservation status as well as the development of individual identification skills and voluntary recording groups and activities.

For 2018, the scheme has a total grant fund of £6,000 available. Individuals, groups or not-for-profit organisations can bid for a maximum of up to £750 per application to be reimbursed following project completion. For proposals to be considered, they must meet the criteria listed under grant types and take place in Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester within vice counties VC 58, 59 or 60. Grants are not provided for activities that have already taken place.

In the first instance applications will be considered to ensure that they meet the criteria outlined. Additional proof of eligibility and experience may be sought prior to final consideration. A final decision on applications will be made by the Tanyptera Project Steering Group and all applicants will be notified on the outcome of an application with three weeks of submission. Unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted the following year.

Individuals, groups and organisations that are awarded grants will be required to provide a 1 page written report (max. 750 words) and blog (max. 250 words) on completion of the project or if the project continues for more than a year an annual report to the Tanyptera Regional Entomologist outlining how their project is progressing. Reports will be published on the Tanyptera Project website. The Tanyptera Trust and National Museums Liverpool (NML) should be acknowledged in all publicity associated with the project and in any publications resulting from it.

Projects that have been successful in gaining the support of the Tanyptera Trust, are listed here.

Grant Types

1) For recorders and recording groups

Travel (40p per mile or public transport), subsistence and equipment reimbursement grants to promote recording, data digitalisation and summarising, and attending training events. Applications will be considered for activities / surveys in line with our current criteria:

Criteria


A. Invertebrate recording

Species: Conducting basic surveys / searches or setting up surveillance recording for one or more of the project’s Priority Species List.

Taxon groups: Structured biological recording of one or more of the project’s current priority groups. These are usually those groups that are least recorded invertebrate [Open Priority Invertebrate Groups List]

Sites and habitats: Structured biological recording of particular sites and habitats / microhabitats of your own suggestion supported by a clear rationale. Examples: brownfield sites with ongoing or proposed restoration schemes, areas with little or no invertebrate data, or habitats with little or no attention such as river sands and shingle.

Accommodating national recording schemes and societies: To assist with accommodation and access to facilities for field meetings within the region. Excludes marine recording schemes.


B. Data digitalisation and summarising

Digitalisation of specimen data or records from historical literature or datasets: Priority will be given to recent, high quality datasets of under-recorded invertebrate groups. Grants may only cover T&S costs of visiting museums and records centres.

County / vice county checklists: Verifying data as part of creating and maintaining up to date county and vice county checklists for invertebrate groups. Grants can cover T&S costs of visiting museums, records centres and private collections.

Invertebrate reference lists and priority species accounts: Gathering and updating regional reference lists for invertebrate groups or writing accounts for the project’s priority species. Grants can cover T&S costs of visiting museums, records centres or private collections.


C. Attending training courses

Attending invertebrate recording related training courses outside Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. Grants to reimburse travel expenses only of attending courses for identification of priority invertebrates groups, field and GIS / recording software skills, and curation of voucher material. Applicants must be based within the Lancashire and Cheshire region. Subsistence or course fees are not covered by grants for this activity.

2) For conservation organisations and constituted groups

To reimburse activities detailed below (D-E) that promote invertebrate conservation or training and networking opportunities for recorders.

Criteria

D. Delivering free training and networking opportunities for recorders

Delivering free training for recorders: Invertebrate identification, field skills, recording, curation of voucher material and microscopy.

Running free seminars or conferences: Focused on invertebrates and recording.


E. Promoting invertebrate conservation

Design and installation of invertebrate-focused interpretation boards on publically accessible land: Proofs of text and images must be received and agreed before they are finalised. All boards should promote recording and the use of iRecord. All installations must include the Tanyptera Trust logo and acknowledgement of our funding.

Creating or enhancing invertebrate habitats on publically accessible land and setting up surveillance recording to measure benefits: For example, installing a pond, ‘bee hotel’ or a wildflower meadow. Great care must be taken to ensure the proposed measures are suitable for the area and there is no resulting loss of important invertebrate habitat. The Tanyptera Trust logo and acknowledgment of our funding should be included on installations where practicable.