Bentham-Moxon Trust was founded in 1984 by bringing together a number of charitable trusts, all of which had the objective of supporting the work of Kew. The first of these trusts was set up in 1884 with a bequest of George Bentham. Further gifts were made over the years. Since 1989, and the establishment of the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Bentham-Moxon Trust no longer actively seeks new funds. The Trust retains its investments, currently in excess of £4.5 million, and makes grants out of its annual income.
The majority of Bentham-Moxon Trust’s funds are restricted by the wish of the donor, the largest being the Krukoff Fund, which supports the Curator of African Botany. However, there are funds that generate an annual income in the region of £70,000 from which the Trustees make thirty to forty small grants.
Grants are made in four main areas:
The Trust is keen to support plant and fungal collecting and field research expeditions although it is seldom able to provide the entire cost. Where it has been able to assist expeditions, it has generally been by supporting an individual member of the expedition or helping with equipment cost or funding an extension to the expedition. The Trust is keen to support expeditions with a conservation impact.
Visiting botanists and mycologists have been able to significantly increase the value of their time at Kew by undergoing training or visiting neighbouring botanical or mycological institutions. The Trust has made grants to cover the cost of the extra training or travel as part of a capacity building programme. The application has to be made by a Kew staff member on behalf of the overseas botanist or mycologist. The Trust expects that the overseas botanist or mycologist will have their salaries covered by their home institution.
This type of award enables research to proceed when botanical or mycological specimens are not available for study at RBG, Kew.
The Trust provides assistance when special circumstances make it difficult for a departmental budget to cover the costs. It would usually be expected that there is a good case for Kew to be represented and that a person’s attendance would be valuable to the work of Kew. Funding is provided to enable a presentation (oral or poster) to be made at the Conference, and funds are not normally provided for attendance only.
The Trust’s scheme is a small grants programme. Applicants can view previous successful applications to understand the range of grants made.
The Trust’s discretionary funds are quite small and often can only make a contribution to part of the costs of the project involved. Part awards are common and matched funding is encouraged.
When reviewing applications the Trustees will assess against the following criteria:
This section should demonstrate the impact and benefits of the proposal. The following list is not exhaustive but provides examples of the types of information required to demonstrate the impact and benefits of your project:
Applicants are asked to check their project proposal against these criteria. Applicants are also asked to obtain up-to-date costs for travel and car hire if these are involved. Where other sources for funding have been or will be approached these should be listed.
The application must be signed-off with comments by your Kew line manager (for Kew staff) or Kew sponsor (for non-Kew staff). Their comments will include, among other things, their opinion on the ability of the project proposal to deliver its outcomes and what level of priority the project has in terms of the department’s strategy.
Kew staff will have discussed their application with their line manager and have their written support.
Other botanists, mycologists and horticulturists will have discussed their application with staff at Kew and secured their support. A supporting statement must be provided by their Kew sponsor.
The project year for applications is 1 January to 31 December. Grants are made annually in November for the following year’s activity. The Trustees’ decisions are final. Applications have to be with the Secretary/Treasurer of the Trust by 30 September. All applications will be acknowledged by email. If an acknowledgement has not been received within five working days, contact the Secretary/Treasurer (see below).
All successful grant applicants are required to write a short report after the completion of their project using the Trust’s project report form and encouraged to offer a talk at the Trust's Symposium.
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