National Aquarium Limited Grant

The National Marine Aquarium

Grant amount: £1,200 - £5,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 1, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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National Aquarium Limited is the Grant-Giving Arm of the National Marine Aquarium. The Charity supports research, education and conservation projects linking people with the marine environment.

The National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest public Aquarium with a strong marine conservation ethos. The Aquarium operates a wide range of programmes of education, conservation and research as part of its charitable objects. Running through all of its activity, the Aquarium considers the marine environment at four geographical scales:

  • Local Scale (Plymouth Sound)
  • National Scale (UK Seas)
  • Oceanic Scale (Atlantic)
  • Global Scale
At each scale, the Aquarium exhibits examine the ecological conditions, scientific activities, historical perspectives and conservation issues. Through the Aquarium exhibitions, educational programmes, and internal and external projects, the Aquarium seeks to Drive Marine Conservation through Engagement.

Conservation through Engagement means putting individuals and communities at the heart of marine environmental issues, linking people with their seas and motivating them to take action. Large-scale conservation of the natural environment can result from the actions of motivated and well-informed individuals and collectives.

National Aquarium Ltd is a charity which gives small grants to organisations or individuals that operate projects to further the goals of the National Marine Aquarium. We support projects which enable individuals and communities to enjoy the seas, learn about our seas and, ultimately, develop active caring attitudes and behaviours.

Projects can be research-based, conservation-focussed, educational or community events – the unifying theme is Conservation through Engagement. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All projects should fit with the stated aims of the charity, driving Marine Conservation through Engagement.
  • NAL can only support projects which follow best practice environmental and animal welfare requirements.
  • Applications will be accepted from all sectors of society, there are no restrictions upon age range of groups carrying out the projects.
  • Applications will be accepted from other charities, other organizations, schools, colleges and individuals.
  • There is no geographical restriction on where projects might be located, or where applications might come from. Consideration will be given to projects operating at every scale but priority will be given to local and national initiatives.
  • Projects should be discrete with a commencement and finish date (although they may form an individual module of a larger scheme).
  • Funding for courses, expeditions, etc will only be awarded where the aims of the charity are fulfilled.


  • To allow for administration requirements, projects should expect to start no sooner than two months after the Trustee Board meetings.
  • Projects which target disadvantaged groups will be encouraged.
  • We would encourage applicants to use our grants in conjunction with other sources of finance, although where additional funding is necessary for the project to proceed, funding will be made available upon proof of match funding being in place.
  • Projects which demonstrate a novel approach are more likely to attract support.
  • The object of project support is to encourage worthwhile projects that can be shared with others, as such there is an expectation that dissemination of results will occur.


  • National Aquarium Limited is unlikely to fund projects where the majority of costs are for travel.