The Finnis Scott Foundation has announced a Call for Applications for its NEW Botanical Art Award worth £10,000 for organisations involved with botanical art.
A number of leading people in the botanical art world have been helping to get the award set up. Applications will judged by a sub-committee of experts with knowledge of botanical art.
Below is a briefing about this brand new award. [Please note minor modifications have been made since this was first posted as matters have been clarified]
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The Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award (£10,000)
I've been asked by Charlotte Brooks, the Botanical Art Award Secretary, to help promote this award - which I'm very happy to do.
Below I've tried to do my usual review of the terms and conditions for a "call for entries" and have created a digest, highlighting key facts and making some suggestions.
Any queries need to be addressed by emailing the Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Botanical Art Award?
The Finnis Scott Foundation is offering a NEW biennial award (every two years) valued at up to £10,000, to support and promote the practice of botanical painting.
The aim of the Award is that it should enable established botanical art groups to:
It's important to note that it's expected that the funding from the Award will last for no longer than two years - hence if any project is to have a longer life it will need to secure recurrent funding from other sources before or during the project.
The award will fund
discrete projects that promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of botanical painting.
It enables dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out.
It encourages botanical artists, who often work alone, to collaborate and co-operate with other botanical artists with a view to promoting the practice of botanical art and and creating and outcome for those who appreciate it.
It recognises the contribution of those who have already helped raise the profile of botanical art and now want to further extend their reach to new audiences by enabling them to carrying out something 'extra-ordinary' (i.e. not just business as usual)
Obviously the nature of the project is up to individual groups to decide.
Projects might involve develop educational and creative opportunities e.g. developing
The judges are looking to reward fresh ideas, original projects and new ways of working.
My thoughts, for what they are worth - in terms of what I think are "gaps" in botanical art activities in the UK - is that a project might be
Next - the application process (who/what/how/when)!
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants are UK and Ireland based botanical art groups and organisations, not individuals. For example, those who can apply include:
In order to apply, the Fund needs to be confident that funds are going to a group that is properly constituted and can make good use of them and that both process and money will be well managed. They want to see evidence that persuades them that this is the case. (see VETTING process below)
The Foundation has been making grants available for some time and you can see the very impressive list of the organisations who have previously been helped by the Trust on Who We've Helped
What's the process for applying for an award?
First you need to download and read the Botanical Art Award Application GUIDELINES
You have to complete an online form. However you need to be prepared before you start to complete it.
The guidelines indicate that the person acting as the main contact and completing the form has a very good understanding of every aspect of the organisation and the project scope and delivery. Bottom line I read that as meaning they want one person who can competently answer any questions the Trustees may have.
The application form requires details of:
Speaking as somebody who has managed, analysed and assessed many applications for grants and awards, my advice in relation to any application is that you should:
The Vetting Process
In making an application, a group needs to be able to provide evidence (via submission of up to four four PDF documents) of:
The deadline for applications for the inaugural award is 31 January 2018.
When will we know the results?
This says to me that, in practical terms, any project reliant on funding from the Botanical At Award should not have a start date before September 2018.
About the Finnis Scott Foundation
Valerie Finnis was a celebrated gardener and photographer, who shared her twin passions of horticulture and art with her husband, Sir David Scott.
The couple owned and enjoyed a significant art collection, which on Valerie’s death and in accordance with her wishes, was sold to create a charitable fund.
Since 2008, the Finnis Scott Foundation has helped to fund hundreds of projects relating to gardening, art and plant sciences.
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