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.