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The Badger Vaccination Grant Fund

Badger vaccination projects offer a non-lethal form of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) intervention in local badger populations. Badger vaccination offers numerous advantages over culling and is the most effective way of reducing the disease in the badger population, and any potential risk of badgers passing bTB back to cattle.  It reduces the prevalence in adult badgers, the severity of disease, the likelihood of becoming infectious and also the likelihood of cubs testing positive [1]. Badger vaccination also allows badger populations to remain healthy and stable and at carrying capacity for the land area they inhabit without perturbation. Healthy, unstressed badgers are less likely to develop bTB or become infectious. 

Humane Badger trap for vaccinations

The Badger Vaccination Grant was established in 2018 and helps with the cost of badger vaccination projects. Grants up to £2,000 will be available to both Badger Trust affiliated and non-affiliated groups/organisations who undertake badger vaccination projects in England and Wales.

 

How it works

Badger Trust awards grants to local groups who work to protect badgers from bTB (and, in theory, culling) through vaccination projects. Please check you are eligible for a grant and that you fulfil the criteria before applying. Detailed information is listed below; please get in touch at staff@badgertrust.org.uk if you have any questions.

Our priorities for funding

Badger Trust is a registered charity that promotes the conservation, welfare and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats. It represents and supports local voluntary badger groups throughout England and Wales, provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the RSPCA, the police and others to advance the protection of badgers.

Badger Trust awards vaccination grants to locally based, not for profit, voluntary and charitable groups and organisations, working for the protection of badgers through vaccination projects. 

The decision on whether or not to award a grant is made by the Board of Badger Trust.  All applications are subject to an initial review by the staff team to ensure the criteria are met, and that all supporting documentation or information has been received in order to adequately consider the request for funds. 

Grant Aims

Funding will be considered for projects that meet one or more of the following aims:

  • Badger vaccination projects with BEVS funding

  • Projects that vaccinate badgers, but cannot be carried out without grant funding

  • Projects that vaccinate in areas with high risk status and/or cull counties

  • Projects that aim to create contiguous areas of vaccination or bring together vaccinated areas

Funding will NOT be given where funds are already available within the group, or where planned fundraising is expected to cover the requirements. Funding will also not be given for the purchase of vaccine where the cost of the vaccine is charged to the receiving landowner. Please do not ask for funding that is not needed if you know you can successfully fundraise for it. This then leaves the Grant Fund for groups where fundraising is not as accessible.

Your project MUST have:

  • Permission from Natural England to run the project (a copy of which must be included in the application - licence or confirmation letter)

  • A licensed vaccinator

  • A named coordinator

  • Clear and detailed plans of where you wish to vaccinate and your rationale

  • Farms either already signed up or with clear expressions of interest

  • A bank account for the group

  • The resources required to carry out the project (volunteers and farms signed up)

 

Your application - our Terms and Conditions

  1. Your application must be solely focused on a badger vaccination project.

  2. Both Badger Trust affiliated and non-affiliated groups/organisations who undertake badger vaccination projects in England and Wales may apply.

  3. You will need a bank or building society account with at least two unrelated people authorised to sign cheques or make withdrawals. This should be your usual group or organisation bank account, and the monies will only be transferred/cheque sent to that account. Monies will never be transferred or sent to a personal bank account.

  4. Your application is more likely to be successful if you can show evidence of ‘matched funding’ for at least 50% of the amount you request. This can be from other funding sources or can be calculated using the rate of £10 per hour for the hours worked by your volunteers

  5. You will need a set of rules or a constitution and also an agreed management structure.    

  6. The project/organisation’s annual income must be less than £100k.  This is inclusive of both restricted and unrestricted funds.

  7. You must claim the grant within the calendar year of the grant award.

  8. We will not fund salaries, building maintenance or the general upkeep of property and its environs.

  9. Badger Trust does not fund professional fees, for example accountancy, auditing, legal etc.  Applications that include other charges will be considered on their own individual merits but are unlikely to receive funding unless they can be shown to be essential for the direct service delivery of the vaccination project.

  10. We are less likely to award funding to applications for rental, insurance or office expenditure but these will be considered on an individual basis.

  11. Applicants must not be in receipt of direct funding from statutory authorities for the same project needs, or be fundraising for the same costs via other sources (ie funds from Badger Trust must be required from Badger Trust, and not also raised elsewhere, resulting in double funding).

  12. Successful applicants must wait until the following year’s grant applications open before applying for a subsequent grant. Applicants will be allowed 2 consecutive successful applications, and then must not apply in the following year to allow full and fair access to the fund for other groups.

  13. Retrospective application, i.e. for expenditure already incurred, will not be considered.

 
Please note: It may not always be possible to fund all projects that meet these criteria. If the sum of money requested in any one round of applications exceeds the funds available, then Badger Trust shall award grants only to those projects it regards as best meeting or exceeding the aims listed above, or will partially fund projects as it is able given funds available or deemed appropriate.

Evaluation of the use of funds

Where a grant is awarded the spend must be demonstrated and confirmed. You must evidence the spend with receipts/invoices, and include this when you complete and return the Grant Monitoring Form. This must be received within twelve months after being awarded funds. No further applications will be accepted (from this fund or any other eligible fund for which your group qualifies) if the required reporting on spend is not received within the timeframe expected.

Grant recipients must acknowledge the receipt of funds from Badger Trust when reporting to their supporters, in any annual report, and when talking generally about the work involved. In particular a ‘thank you’ to the fund, and acknowledgement to Badger Trust should be made on social media, and ideally a blog piece written and submitted.

Timing of your application

The approval process is spread over the year, and is scheduled to tie into meetings of the Finance Sub Committee, and then the Badger Trust Board. Please ensure you meet the deadline, and have provided all the information required (including having submitted any due report for past awards).

 

Only fully completed applications with checklist enclosures and a detailed list of costs will be considered, any incomplete applications will be returned and may miss the deadline if you need to revisit and resubmit. Take this into account when you send in your application, ideally aiming to submit your forms for the meeting before when you think you will need it. 
 

Closing dates for applications in 2022*

First round: 8th April 2022 

Second round: 17th June 2022 

Third round: 19th August 2022 

Fourth round: 4th November 2022

 

*Please note that as applications need to be reviewed by the staff team prior to passing to the Finance Sub-Committee for review and recommendation, prior to final decision by the Board, there will be a delay of around three weeks from deadline to response on a decision. 

Grant Decision

This decision may be:

  • An approval for funding, in full or partial

  • A conditional approval based on a request for further information

  • A request for further information

  • A request for a meeting, to discuss the application

  • A request for more time to consider your application

  • A decline, with an explanation why the application was not approved. This decision will be final. Substantially revised applications may be accepted, but must be submitted in the normal way.

 

Equal opportunities

Badger Trust aims to ensure that all applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin or level of ability, provided that the application meets our criteria and priorities. Organisations and projects that do not work to these same equal opportunity aims will not be funded.

[1] Carter, S.P. BCG Vaccination Reduces Risk of Tuberculosis Infection in Vaccinated Badgers and Unvaccinated Badger Cubs https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0049833