The deadline for the next round of funding will be 3rd May 2019.

General Information

The schemes

The Mind Association offers two kinds of grant to support those wishing to organize conferences. Each grant has two associated application rounds, with deadlines normally in November and April. (Precise deadlines vary from year to year and are posted as soon as they are fixed).

  • Major Conference Grants: £2000 max, with a guarantee against loss of a further £500. Major Conference Grants are normally intended for conferences running for more than one day. (The guarantee against loss is discretionary and subject to receipt of accounts.)
  • Minor Conference Grants: £600 max.

Funds to cover costs relating to delegates with disabilities

The sums specified above are not inclusive of any funds required to cover costs relating specifically to access to the conference for delegates with disabilities. Conference grant applicants should specify any such costs in their budget, and include in their application a clear special request for any monies needed for this purpose.

Association policy on the award of grants

  • The Association only funds conferences that are open to all.
  • Conference grants are normally awarded only for conferences held in the British Isles.
  • The Association will only fund conferences that are thematically coherent and philosophically innovative.
  • The Association funds interdisciplinary conferences, but only if they have a suitably substantial philosophical element.
  • For any given Department or Institute that is due to host more than one conference in contention for a Conference Grant (Major or Minor) in any given round, the total funds available will be capped at £3000.
  • Repeater (e.g. annual) Major grant applications are capped at £1000.
  • When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should adhere to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme and the BPA/SWIP Guidelines for Accessible Conferences, and should also use the relevant part of the application form to explain in detail how they have done so.
  • When putting the conference programme together, conference organizers should ensure that early career researchers (i.e. those below the level of senior lecturer) are prominently represented.


Applications must be made on the following form:

Conference Grant Application Form

Please send your application form by email, with subject heading as ‘Major [or] Minor Conference Grant Application’ as applicable, to the Director of the Association, Prof Julian Dodd at

Applications must state what other sources of funding have been sought, including those from the host department. (If the host department is not supporting the conference financially, applicants are invited to explain why not.)

You should expect an acknowledgement by email within two or three weeks; if you do not receive an acknowledgement, then you cannot assume your application has been safely received. If you need an immediate reply to a query, please feel free to email the Director at his institutional email,

Notification and post-award

  • If you are successful in your application, the Director will let you know by email.
  • The Association normally issues the funds in arrears, on receipt of a satisfactory report which includes a clear statement of expenditure. This report must be sent to the Treasurer, Prof Sophie Grace Chappell at cc on the following form:
Conference Report Form
  • Please note that funds are awarded by the Treasurer in the form of a cheque, and it needs to be payable to an institutional body: personal cheques are not normally permissible.
  • When sending the conference report please highlight the following details in the covering email: (i) How much the cheque is for; (ii) who the cheque should be made out to (an institutional body); and (iii) what address the cheque should be sent to.

Note to applicants: Owing largely to a significant rise in applications, the Mind Association is generally no longer able to fully fund all deserving conference applications in any given round.

Applicants may therefore wish to note that the sub-committee’s selection guidelines in such rounds will normally include the following two constraints, which are designed to help us spread limited funds as fairly and geographically evenly as possible:

  1. For any given Department or Institute that is due to host more than one conference in contention for a Major Conference Grant in any given round, the total funds available will be capped at the value of a single Major Conference Grant (£2000).

    No application is automatically ruled out by this guideline. Rather, where two or more applications are in contention for a Major grant, a view will be taken as to how best to distribute the available funds across them.
  1. Repeater (e.g. annual) Major grant applications are capped at £1000.

    To preserve the security of regular funding for deserving repeater conferences the Association now limits the amount normally available, to £1000. Applicants may still ask for the full amount in case funds happen to be less tight in that round, but they should be aware that the anticipated situation is that the cap will apply. No corresponding cap applies to repeater Minor Grant applications.