Grant Guidelines

Guidelines for Project Applications

  • The trustees will look more favourably on projects with a wide public benefit.
  • The Trust accepts applications from any organisation as long as the proposal fits with the goals of the Trust. Successful applications have come from universities, Crown Research Institutes, museums, restoration & preservation societies, education societies, consultancies, individuals.
  • Single grants will be made, rather than long term funding.
  • Grants are disbursed on invoice. An initial invoice may be submitted within 4 weeks of notification of the grant being award. Thereafter payments will only be made on invoice which accompanies the 6 monthly reports. 5% of the grant will be withheld pending submission of a final report at project end.
  • Findings must be made widely available and public outreach is a priority. All projects are expected to disseminate information to the general public through an appropriate medium. Scientific findings must be presented at conference and/or in reputable scientific journals. All communication of findings must include acknowledgement of the support of the Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust.
  • Project goals can include scientific research, development work, collation, storage of information, publication and demonstration of scientific or technology principles.
  • Projects with very direct commercial benefit are not likely to get funded.
  • The Trust prefers that all projects are initiated and invoiced by a New Zealand based applicant.

Guidelines for Funded Projects

  • All grant recipients are required to report to the Trust, both on progress (31 March and 30 September each year) and on completion of the activities proposed in the grant. Reports are required whether funding and/or activities has commenced or not.
  • Variations to a project that has been granted must be notified to the Trust for approval.
  • Abandonment of a project will require any unspent funds to be returned to the Trust.
  • The Trust requires that the first tranche of funds are uplifted within 12 months of the data of the offer of the grant for the grant to remain valid. The Trust also requires that 6 monthly reports are submitted for the grant to remain valid. If there is a specific reason that the project will not commence within 12 months of the date of offer the Trust must be notified such that a decision can be made as to whether the offer of the grant will remain open.

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Some examples are provided below of projects which the Trust has funded. These are not exhaustive. It is hoped that the range of applications for grants will demonstrate the diversity of research, development, education and preservation in science and technology within Canterbury and Westland.

  • Investigation, analysis and presentation of scientific questions, eg:
    • Investigation of ‘signatures’ of New Zealand Greenstone
    • NZ green-lipped mussels as indicators of coastal metal contamination
    • Understanding kea communication
    • Pollination of native carnivorous plants
    • Locating possums with infra-red sensing
  • Construction, purchase or restoration of technology which demonstrates a scientific principle, eg:
    • Single Cylinder Engine
    • Starlab Projector
    • Weka Pass Railway
  • Public education, eg:
    • The Bugmobile – pollinator education
    • Biography of James Hector, geologist, naturalist and surgeon
    • Sports Alive – sports science exhibition