Each year the BSA gives small grants in support of UK activities in aesthetics. Past grants have been used to support conferences, workshops, seminars and lecture series. Applicants must be current, paid-up members of the Society. All events applied for must be held in the UK.

 

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There is an upper limit of £5,000 for small grants awards. The Society does not normally make grants to projects of benefit to only one or a few individuals. Applicants are not required to approach other funding bodies but, if they do, details must be provided. Applications should include a specific description of the project, a rationale of how it fits the aims and objectives of the BSA, and a detailed draft budget showing income and expenditure. Guidance on presenting your budget is provided below.

As a learned society, the BSA has adopted the Good Practice Policy recommendations of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy. For events funded by the BSA, it is a condition of funding that (i) the organisers adopt the BPA/SWIP good practice guidance and (ii) provide evidence of having done so in their final report. Full details of the relevant policies are below.

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

1 April (for a decision by mid-May)
1 October (for a decision by mid-November)

The Society strongly advises applicants to allow sufficient lead time when submitting applications, as it will not consider applications outside this cycle.

Payment of the grant is typically made after the event, upon receipt of:
– the final conference budget for Treasurer approval
– the final report comprising (i) a brief article for the Society’s newsletter and website and (ii) evidence that the organisers followed the BPA/SWIP guidance, including statistics on the gender balance of the event
These documents MUST be supplied within 18 months of the event date, or claims will be void.

We advise that, before applying, you enquire whether your department or institution is willing to bankroll the project and invoice the BSA as sponsors afterwards. This not only simplifies payment of the grant but also frees up your time, as organisers, to concentrate on the academic side. Funds may only be released in advance of the project at the Treasurer’s discretion.

Limited funds are available to facilitate the participation of disabled speakers and/or delegates on request. Suitable documentation will be required.

CONDITIONS OF APPLYING FOR BSA FUNDING
1. The lead applicant must be a current member of the Society. If in doubt, please ask us to check our records.
2. Event organisers must adopt the relevant BPA/SWIP good practice guidance (below) and provide evidence of having done so in their final report, including statistics on the gender balance of speakers at the event.
3. If the BSA is the sole funding body approached, the applicant must confirm that the event will be BSA-branded, for example: “The BSA Conference on the Aesthetics of XX”.
4. Successful applicants must advertise the Society in all relevant documentation, including online. We will provide BSA marketing materials and the BSA logo, together with guidelines for use.

For an online application form click here. You will need your BSA membership number. This is the BJA subscription reference number issued by OUP, and is typically four zeros followed by eight digits.

If you have any problems with online submission, you may email your application as a Word attachment to admin@british-aesthetics.org

THE BPA/SWIP GOOD PRACTICE SCHEME
It is a requirement of BSA funding that event organisers adhere to the following BPA/SWIP Good Practice recommendations on conference organisation:
a. When drawing up a list of potential invited speakers, take reasonable steps to ensure that women are well represented; see the Good Practice website (bpa.ac.uk/resources/women-in-philosophy/good-practice) for more information and advice.
b. Where possible, consult the women on your list before fixing the date of the conference, to ensure that women speakers are not just invited but will actually attend.
c. Women may well be at lower-prestige institutions and/or in lower-ranked jobs. (E.g. in the UK, only 12% of professors in Russell Group philosophy departments are women.) They may therefore have less access to institutional funding. If you cannot fund all speakers, ask bigger-name speakers whether they can fund their own travel (they can always say no), freeing up resources for less well-known speakers.
d. Organisers should ensure that male and female speakers are treated equally on publicity material and the conference programme (e.g. to avoid the situation where a male speaker is described as ‘Senior Lecturer in philosophy at …’ but a female speaker, also an SL, is described as ‘teaches philosophy at …’; or where the male speaker’s title (Dr, Prof.) is included by the female speaker’s isn’t).
e. Investigate whether the provision of childcare facilities for the duration of the conference is possible. Many universities have crèches on or near campus, which may be able to offer a day rate for conference delegates. For larger conferences, if campus facilities are not available consider hosting the conference at a hotel that offers childcare and babysitting services. Consider setting aside funding to subsidise the use of childcare facilities by delegates; see the Good Practice website for more information and advice.

In addition, the BSA will monitor the gender balance of conferences and other events that it funds. It is a requirement of funding that statistics on the gender balance of the speakers at the event are provided by the organisers as part of the final report. Where a conference or event manifests an obvious gender imbalance, the BSA will make enquiries in order to satisfy itself that appropriate steps to promote the representation of women were taken by the organisers.

PRESENTING YOUR BUDGET
Provide a breakdown of your projected income and expenditure. Include full details wherever possible to avoid us having to seek clarification.
Examples of income:
– Registration fees
– BSA grant requested
– Grants from other organisations
Examples of expenditure:
– Speaker travel (details and estimated cost of each speaker’s flight/train fare etc)
– Speaker accommodation (number of nights and estimated cost)
– Venue hire
– Equipment hire
– Refreshments and meals
– Marketing materials

Any ‘in kind’ support, such as meeting rooms provided free of charge by your institution, or wine reception provided by sponsors, should also be listed.

The projected income, including grant requested, should match the projected expenditure, as the BSA will not support projects which aim to make a profit.

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

1 April (for a decision by mid-May)
1 October (for a decision by mid-November)

The Society strongly advises applicants to allow sufficient lead time when submitting applications, as it will not consider applications outside this cycle.

For an online application form click here.  Applications without a valid BSA membership number will be rejected. If you have any problems with online submission, you may email your application as a Word attachment to admin@british-aesthetics.org

1. The lead applicant must be a current member of the Society. If in doubt, please ask us to check our records.
2. Event organisers must adopt the relevant BPA/SWIP good practice guidance (below) and provide evidence of having done so in their final report, including statistics on the gender balance of speakers at the event.
3. If the BSA is the sole funding body approached, the applicant must confirm that the event will be BSA-branded, for example: “The BSA Conference on the Aesthetics of XX”.
4. Successful applicants must advertise the Society in all relevant documentation, including online. We will provide BSA marketing materials and the BSA logo, together with guidelines for use.