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Applying to the Trust for a grant

The object of the Alice McCosh Trust is to advance education by providing
or assisting with grants for work or study related to natural history
and/or the environment

Grants could be used, for example, to cover the cost of field work undertaken as part of a research project, or the costs of producing materials that enhance knowledge and understanding of natural history and the environment, or that encourage people to engage with the environment and take action to protect it.

Applications are invited from individuals attached to institutions and those following a programme of study or qualification, as well as people engaged in private/personal study related to natural history and/or the environment.

An annual grant has been awarded since 2007, and here you can find more details of the sort of projects that have been funded to date.

Applicants should note that:

  1. The grant will be in the region of £1000 depending on available funds.

  2. Applications should be emailed to the Trust Secretary between 1st October and 30th November each year. (Applications received at other times, or sent by post, will not be considered.)

  3. People of any age undertaking work or study related to natural history and/or the environment may apply.

  4. Preference will be given to individuals from (or work relating to) Scotland, England, Turkey and Uganda.

  5. Projects that involve joining an existing commercial organisation on a pre-paid tour or expedition will not be considered.

  6. Requests for funding for taught degrees (including Masters degrees) will not be considered.

  7. Unfortunately, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of applications, or give feedback on applications. However, all applicants will be informed of the outcome once a decision has been made, usually within three months of the closure date.

Applicants should download and complete an application form here.

Full guidelines about applying for a grant from The Alice McCosh Trust can be found here.

For further queries or information please e-mail the Trust Secretary on