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Seabird Group grants


The Seabird Group has the facility to award small grants each year to help with costs associated with research projects, or with survey projects for the UK national seabird census. Grants can cover travel, subsistence, and equipment, but staff costs are excluded. Priority is given to Seabird Group members working on Atlantic seabirds. We also award training grants to help support people to undertake voluntary seabird activities

Research Grant

The Seabird Group funds 5-6 research grants each year. The maximum amount awarded per grant is £500. In the past research grants have been given towards ringing studies, productivity assessments, seawatching projects, and tracking studies, often in the UK but also abroad, e.g. in Portugal or Cabo Verde.

More information can be found on the Research Grants guidelines (link below). Applications should be submitted, preferably in electronic form, to the Secretary using the official application form available below. Applications should reach the secretary prior to the following dates: 31st October and 28/29th February. Following these dates, all applications will be circulated round the Committee and decisions taken. We aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within six weeks of these dates.

Research Report

Successful applicants for both research and census grants will be required to produce a short report on their work for the Seabird Group Newsletter. Any publication relating to the project results should state that a contribution to costs was awarded from the Seabird Group. The grant must be used for the purposes stated on the application form. The grant must be returned to the Seabird Group if not used by the applicant for the specific project. Details of expenditure and receipts for major items should be available for inspection if needed.

If you have any queries or need further information please contact the secretary.

Training Grant

The Seabird Group are happy to announce that we are launching a new training grant. The training grant provides up to £250 for individuals to use towards travel, accommodation and subsistence in order to undertake an unpaid voluntary activity focussing on seabirds. Seabird fieldwork is often unpaid and can be expensive, but field skills are highly sought after and can be key for future career opportunities. We hope that this grant will enable people to undertake such activities who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

If you would like to apply for a training grant, please fill out an application form: No previous seabird experience is required, just a passion for seabirds! You are required to organise the activity, and this must be arranged and agreed with the individual or organisation before submitting this application. We have listed some suggestions of activities on the application form. Paper forms are available on request. For a paper form or any other enquiries, please email Lila Buckingham on

Deadline: 13th March 2022. Outcomes will be received 2-3 weeks following the deadline.