Guidelines for Applicants

Guidelines for Applicants


The Trust is international in outlook and does not discriminate against any bee species.  

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

The principle objectives of the Trust when considering an application are as follows:

  • That research projects will benefit and/or improve an understanding of bees. In the case of scientific projects, that they will support the dissemination of findings in peer-reviewed research and/or academic publications.
  • That outcomes are widely disseminated in order to improve apicultural practice internationally.
  • In the case of historical and/or archaeological projects, that the gathering of new information, the further expansion of existing knowledge and the dissemination of this material reaches the widest possible range of interest groups including those beyond the normal scope of the bee world.
  • There must always be a strong intellectual and/or strategic rationale for the particular project for which the Trust’s help is sought.

Based upon these Objectives the Trust has supported:

  • Academic conferences on bee-related scientific and historical research.
  • In some cases, travel and publication costs related to any of the above.
  • Graduate and post-graduate projects but not school-based projects or those targeted at a younger audience.

Please note that the Trust does NOT give grants for:

  • Standalone travel or conference registration fees
  • Academic chairs
  • Long-term or core funding (such as overheads or infrastructure within organizations)
  • Retrospective funding of projects (i.e. costs already incurred)
  • Entrepreneurs seeking funds for enterprises leading to commercial gain.
  • Other charities whose intention is to redistribute funds to external applicants
  • Basic beekeeping enterprises

Grant Funding Limits 

At present there are no limits on the amount of grant offered, although all financial details are carefully scrutinised. However, an application that requests a grant for more that £50,000 is deemed as a ‘large project’ and will be referred to independent assessors / referees (see ‘Large Projects’ below).

All projects must supply a financial breakdown of their expenditure on submission of their grant. This must be produced in Pounds Sterling (GBP) and emailed as a separate document to .

The Trust looks favourably on Match-Funded projects and, at the application stage, will require documented evidence of funds already acquired.

Large Projects:  i.e. the request for funding a project that exceeds £50,000. If you are considering submitting such an application the Trustees would be grateful if you could first supply a preliminary proposal before progressing to a full application.

All ‘large projects’ will be referred to an independent assessor / referee and may take longer to process than normal (i.e. more than 12 weeks).

Successful Applicants

Subject to referee reports and responses to any trustees’ queries, all applicants are usually notified within 8 weeks of the application deadline. After this, you will be required to do the following:

  • Either you, or an appropriate authority, will sign a Grant Agreement document.
  • Provide the Trust’s administrator with the correct bank details
  • Provide the Trustees with progress reports which will be required at stipulated intervals and a final report which must contain accurate financial accounts. 
  • Provide a final report at the end of the project that will be posted as a Case Study on the ECT website.
  • Acknowledge the Trust’s support in any written, online or published material relevant to your project (this also includes Social Media outlets).

Once a grant has been awarded it is possible that projects will be inspected if they are of some considerable size or ongoing over a long period.

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