Small Grant

Small Grants up to a maximum of £500 are available to BMS Members to support all aspects of mycology. 

Small Grants are awarded in four rounds throughout a year.  Outcomes are communicated to applicants within one month of the application deadline.

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December in each year.


Small Grants are available to all members of the Society. Members can apply either as individuals or to benefit a group (for example a BMS-affiliated local fungus group). However, applicants must have been a BMS member for a minimum of 6 months prior to the application. 

See below for other grants specifically for Postgraduate Members.

What is covered by the grant?

Small Grants may be used to support all aspects of mycology including:

  • travel to meetings, e.g. if presenting a poster or paper (excluding BMS-organised scientific meetings)
  • to undertake fieldwork or research projects
  • to buy scientific equipment
  • to hire meeting rooms
  • to attend forays

How to apply

Applications must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the activity, meeting or project.

For applications related to conference/meeting attendance: evidence of the applicant's acceptance as a speaker or poster presenter must be sent to the BMS as soon as it is available. Approved grants will only be paid once this evidence is received.

Please complete the online application form. If the applicant is an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Student, the Supervisor's name and a statement supporting the application is required.

Award criteria

Special consideration will be given where other supporting funds have actively been sought, with evidence of this provided.

Only one person will be financially supported from any one group to attend the same meeting. 

Retrospective awards will not be made.

Awards will not be made to supplement or replace institutional funding for undergraduate or postgraduate research. 

Applicants can only be awarded one Small Grant in any 12 month period.

Assessment of applications

Applications are assessed by BMS Council Members.  All reasonable requests that match the criteria will be funded. 

Conditions of the award

A short report on how the awarded grant was used is required. This report should be aimed at a general readership, helping to illustrate how the activity supports the Society’s mission of promoting fungal science.  The inclusion of photographs and images arising from the supported activity is encouraged. 

Details of grants awarded will be shared on the BMS’s digital channels (website and social media) and in the BMS Members’ Newsletter. 

Administration of awards

Applicants will receive notification of the outcome within one month of the closing date.  If the application is successful, the grant will be paid to the applicant in advance. 


Other BMS grants for Postgraduate Members

  • If you are a Postgraduate Member looking for funds to support attendance at a BMS meeting, conference, foray or training workshop, go to: Postgraduate Student Grant (Discount on accommodation or registration costs for the nominated BMS event. Travel expenses not covered.)
  • If you are a Postgraduate Member looking for funds to support a research visit to another laboratory, or particiaption in a non-BMS workshop, training, meeting or conference, go to: Eunice Jones Postgraduate Fund (Maximum value is £1,000.)