SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
Gay Hawksworth Legacy
Soroptimist International Club of Aberdeen invites grant applications from those based in the UK, and intending to embark upon a project out with the UK. An eligible project should have an educational context and be practical in nature e.g. teaching, helping to build a school or in the provision of clean water. The project length should be for a minimum of three weeks but each application will be judged on its own merits. If the proposed project is working with a charity then it must be a registered charity. The grant may be used towards travel or living expenses. Projects which involve fundraising for a charity or are part of an educational elective or other course are not eligible.
SI Aberdeen intends to make grants available from the legacy of Professor Gay Hawksworth: Gay was a member of SI Aberdeen for 20 years and had a great interest in supporting people to develop their full potential by encouraging them to take up opportunities to learn and to travel. Projects in other countries which provide both educational opportunities for young people and those which improve local conditions or facilities were always the ones she personally most wanted to support. Many people in the UK share her views and want to contribute in a practical way to a project but raising sufficient funding to take part in one abroad is not always easy.
There will be three grants of up to £300 awarded each year. Applications must be received as soon as possible after acceptance by the sponsoring charity. All applicants will be informed as soon as possible as to whether or not they are to receive a grant.
Applicants should complete the application form provided giving the aims and objectives of their project, together with a personal statement containing their reasons for undertaking the project. Two independent references will be required. These must not be from relatives nor members of Soroptimist International Aberdeen.
If an internet connection is available each recipient should submit a progress report to the club at the midpoint of their project and as soon as possible after their return to the UK give an illustrated talk at a club meeting.
The members of Soroptimist International expect a talk which not only fully describes the work you undertook while on the project and how this will bring ongoing benefit to the local community, but also how it has benefitted you personally. To help with this we would expect that you will keep a journal.
The talk should be for 15-20 minutes and the members will have questions for you.