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Mabel Tomlinson Outreach Funding

About the award

Eligibility: All QRA members

Amount: Up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered

Application Deadlines: 1st September 2023 (We aim to notify applicants if they have been successful or not within a month of the deadline)


The QRA encourages its members and others to promote and foster engagement between Quaternary Science and a wide and diverse audience. In support, we offer an annual Outreach fund from which grants will be awarded. Awards are normally made of up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered – please see our list of previously funded projects for more details.

If you have any questions or are unsure whether your project qualifies for funding, please contact the Outreach Officer (

Awards are open to individuals and organisations to organise public engagement events as well as develop and disseminate outreach materials on a Quaternary theme that:

Involve an aspect of Quaternary Science and fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, Quaternary Science
  • Stimulate discussion about Quaternary Science and its implications for past, present and future society
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the Quaternary, especially those not previously aware of or interested in the subject.
  • Have clear aims and objectives with the potential to make an impact on the target audience. Projects that demonstrate imaginative ways of engaging new audiences are encouraged;
  • If applicable, consider a long term plan for the ‘project product’
  • Have a structure in place to evaluate and review the success and impact of the project;
  • Have a structure in place for disseminating the outcomes of the project as widely as possible.

Also, please note that:

  • Repeat requests for sponsorship will be considered but there is no guarantee that repeat requests will be funded;
  • Retrospective applications will not normally be considered;
  • We are happy to co-sponsor/be one of many funders;
  • Applicants do not have to be QRA members;
  • We will not normally fund outreach projects associated with Research Council projects as it is expected these projects would normally include outreach funding.

Where the funding request concerns a website, please ensure that you also consider the following:

  • Do you have a plan for keeping the website sustainable and updated in the future, taking into account people moving into different roles, funding of hosting etc in the long term?
  • Does the proposed website overlap with existing, established outreach media on the web? Where relevant, has contact been made with the webmasters of these existing websites to explore collaborations?
  • Have links been made with the target audience? Has the target audience been involved in discussion on website design/content from the beginning? Does the project plan include evaluation exercises with the target audience to obtain feedback to improve the website?
  • Has any thought/planning put in to how the website will be promoted within the target audience? Will the number of visitors to the site be recorded as a measure of interest?
  • Applicants must normally apply before the relevant deadline which is at least 2 months in advance of the project start date, although exceptions may be made depending on circumstances.

If successful, award holders will be expected to:-

  • Use the QRA logo on all materials, and acknowledge the QRA at all events. A high res version of the QRA logo is available from the QRA Outreach Officer.
  • Discuss their event with the QRA Outreach Officer, so that we can help with advertising using Quaternary Newsletter, the QRA Website and the QRA membership email alert facility.
  • Produce a short report on the outcomes of the funding, as well as some documentary evidence (e.g. photos of events, leaflets published) of the ‘product’ funded; please refer to QRA Outreach Award Final Report document for guidance. This must be submitted to the QRA Outreach Officer within 2 months of the project end.
  • Produce a short article reviewing the project for publication in Quaternary Newsletter. This must be submitted to the Quaternary Newsletter Editor within 3 months of the project end.
  • Produce a statement of accounts showing how the QRA funding was spent. This must be submitted to the QRA Treasurer within 3 months of the project end.

Interested in applying?

QRA members can apply for grants using our online application forms on our website.