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This year we’re offering a small number of grants, and planning support, to community-led initiatives in Birmingham and Manchester to organise their own events as part of the BLAST Festival programme. 


Budget: up to £250.

Time scale:  9th -12th August 

Duration: flexible within the dates - minimum 1 hour event 


Suggested event types:


A Talk by a STEM professional, researcher (or student) 

Demonstration & Hands-on activities 


Panel & audience debate

Sci-Screen (film and science talk) 

A science outing/trip

Radio interview and listener phone-in

A citizen science activity


We’re happy to run a brainstorming session to generate ideas / design an event before you apply. 


We’re also offering spaces within the BLAST Marquee at Manchester Carnival on 11th and 12th August at Simmerdown on the 12th August, for hands-on STEM and arts activities. This is ideal for STEM ambassadors/professionals, students or artists to showcase their projects or areas of study and work. 


There are also opportunities to volunteer. 


Please select the form that suits your interest or get in touch to discuss your idea.

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