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The Prospectory - Idea Fund

Wed 17 Feb 2021

Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.

Grants are available to individuals or small groups or organisations based in the United Kingdom who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.

Maximum Value:

£ 5,000

Minimum Value:

£ 250

The fund offers grants ranging from £250 to £5,000. Once the fund's allocation has been used, it will be closed for applications until the funding pot has refilled.

It is not the fund's normal practice to provide part funding to larger projects.

The Idea Fund is provided and administered by The Prospectory. The Prospectory was set up in 2001 and run by Alison Kidd and Peter Williams. The Idea Fund has been set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family.

The Idea Fund is a micro fund for individuals (or small groups or organisations) who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.

Applications will be accepted from individuals or small groups or organisations based in the United Kingdom who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.

Proposals for projects will be welcomed that:

Are based on a novel technical idea.

Would deliver a social or environmental benefit.

Are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun.

This is a doing fund. It only covers the costs of making and/or testing the idea itself.

The fund does not cover payment for people's time or marketing/promotion costs.

Application Procedure

Applications are made by emailing to alison@prospectory.co.uk the following information:

  • Brief overview about yourself, your interests and experience.
  • About your technical idea, why it is novel and who or what it could help.
  • How you plan to make it and/or test it out.
  • What funding you need and what it will cover.
  • Your contact details and how you found out about the fund.

Further information is available from the website of The Prospectory.