Application Criteria

Application Criteria

The objects of the Trust are:

(i) the advancement of the science of apiology

(ii) promoting, financing, organising and carrying on and encouraging bee research for the public benefit

The Trust prides itself on its flexibility and will consider applications that broadly meet any of the above objects. However, applicants should bear in mind the general policy guidelines below.

Grants can be made to individuals and organizations that might otherwise find funding difficult in this specialized field.



The Trust is international in outlook and will consider supporting the following:

Research projects that will benefit and/or improve understanding of bees. In the case of scientific projects: support the dissemination of peer-reviewed research or academic material.

The dissemination of academic information to improve apicultural practice internationally.

In the case of historical and /or archaelogical projects: the gathering of new information, the further expansion of existing knowledge and the dissemination of this material to the widest possible range of interest groups.

Academic conferences on bee related scientific and historical research.

In some cases, travel and publication costs related to any of the above.

There must always be a strong intellectual and/or strategic rationale for the particular project for which the Trust’s help is sought.

The Trustees aim to support graduate and post-graduate projects rather than school based projects or those targetted at a younger audience.

Examples of projects already funded can be seen on the “Case Studies” page.

Please note that the Trust does not give grants for:

  • student travel
  • academic chairs
  • long-term or core funding.
  • projects that involve more emphasis on the creative arts than on scientific advancement.
  • basic beekeeping enterprises. 

No retrospective applications will be considered.

The Trustees only support PhDs in exceptional circumstances.

At present there are no limits on the amount of grant offered, although all financial details are carefully scrutinised. 

Applicants must give full details with careful breakdown of all expenditure involved and may be questioned at length on their proposals. Once a grant has been awarded progress reports will be required at stipulated intervals and the final report must contain accurate accounts. It is possible that projects will be inspected if they are of some considerable size or ongoing over a long period.

Trustees meet three or four times a year to manage the Trust's affairs and to consider grant applications.

Deadlines are:

  • February for the March meeting
  • 25 May for the June meeting
  • September for the Autumn meeting
  • November for the December meeting

Application forms are available for you to download and save to your computer: PDF Grant application Form

Or can be completed online: Grant application form

To view the forms and complete them electronically you require the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free download. If you have any difficulty in completing the form, please ensure that your Adobe Reader is updated. Please email the completed form to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If for any reason you are unable to complete the form electronically, you may print the form and post it to:

Clerk to the E C Trust
Royds Withy King Solicitors
5-6 Northumberland Buildings
Queen Square

Printed forms are also available from the same address.