The generous support received from sponsors, donors and over 4,000 registered delegates resulted in a financial surplus after the 35th International Geological Congress that was held in Cape Town during 2016. Provision has been made for the investment of these funds that are administered by the Board of 35IGC Legacy Fund to ensure that the legacy of this successful event will benefit the South African geoscience community long into the future.
Annual grants will be advertised to promote geoheritage themes or activities in support of deserving geoscience students and researchers. An annual thematic focus will be identified every year. The level of funding available annually for disbursement will vary in relation to investment income and the need to maintain or grow capital from which sustainable support can be provided.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world during 2020/2021. Most geoscientists have been forced to change their work activities. Long-term plans have been severely disrupted. The future of scientific conferences has swung towards digital events and field-based activities have been hampered.
Accordingly, the 2022 call for grant applications by 35IGC Legacy Fund is aimed at a broad spectrum of activities in themes that support or promote;
- Geoscience education,
- The thrust of proposals should be product-focused and applicants must outline how the grant will be utilized to establish a long-term presence that will promote activities associated with any of the themes listed above.
- Proposals that include additional sources of funds will be favoured.
- Where proposals aim to create products in support of facilities housed in a national- or provincial park, world heritage site or any other established heritage or tourism-focused facility, the written support of the controlling institution must accompany the application.
As only limited funds are available, compliance with the above conditions does not guarantee acceptance of any applications submitted. All provisionally successful applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Management Committee/Board of the 35IGC Legacy Fund and their decision is final.
Applications must be made on the prescribed form available as an attachment to this notice and submitted to Ms Ndivhuwo Cecelia Mukosi at 35IGCLegacy@geoscience.org.za before 31 December 2021. No late applications will be accepted. The applications will be adjudicated and the outcome announced early in 2022.