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Academic event funding

The ICAEW charitable trusts are able to offer funding for academic events relating to accounting, economics and business topics.

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the event. Current cut-off dates for submission of event funding applications are as follows:

Cut-off date Funding decision expected by
4 February 2011 1 March 2011
20 May 2011 8 July 2011
14 October 2011 30 November 2011

All applications should be made by completing the application form (Word 95KB/2 pages) which should be submitted to Gillian Knight, Research Manager, ICAEW. 

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Application for funding of conferences / seminars / workshops.

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We hope to be able to process event funding applications within two months depending on when the trustees will be meeting.  Although the Research Advisory Board makes initial assessments on funding, all applications then go through to our trustees who make the final decision on funding. 

What type of events will qualify for funding?

The charitable status of the trusts means that only events which are in the public interest will be considered for funding (this can include the interest of ICAEW members and the accounting profession).  We are keen to promote research and debate in a wide range of areas, particularly topics which relate to its thought leadership programmes. These include topics such as audit, corporate governance, financial reporting, financial services and tax.

We will consider any non-commercial events that fall either within these areas or other related areas such as the public sector and will also consider funding of events covering historical finance and accounting issues.  We are keen to fund events on leading-edge issues affecting the accounting profession and to bring academics, practitioners, regulators and senior business figures together to debate such issues.

Funding is only available to essentially non-commercial organisations where such events would be unlikely to take place without external funding.

Where does the funding come from?

The funding comes from one of two charitable trusts associated with ICAEW which support educational projects relating to accountancy and economics.

What can the funding be used for?

We will reimburse actual costs related to the event which are in accordance with the original application, once they have been incurred.  Costs should be kept to a minimum, particularly in the areas of catering and accommodation.  We do not pay speaker fees but we will consider covering economy class travel only and accommodation for both speakers and attendees if they would not be expected or able to cover these expenses themselves.

We will only pay actual costs incurred.  If costs are less than envisaged then this must be reflected in the final claim.

The application form gives possible costs you may wish to claim for.  Not all will be appropriate, please amend or add to the list if necessary.

Publicity costs may include: advertisements, mailing campaign (invitations, flyers, postage, design costs etc), signage (posters & signs).

Conference documentation costs may include: conference wallets, printing costs of handouts and papers, name badges.

If funding is granted, how should I acknowledge the source of funding?

We like to ensure that the ICAEW’s charitable trusts are acknowledged as financial supporters of the event.  We will supply you with the correct wording and logo to use.

When should I make a claim?

You should make your claim as soon as the event has taken place and you must provide a detailed breakdown of how the money was spent.  We cannot make VAT payments in addition to the amount originally requested and agreed.  If you envisage additional VAT payments then make sure this is accounted for within the initial application.

Opportunities for participation

We are happy to hear from the event organisers about any opportunities for displaying or circulating literature at the event and any other suggestions for ways in which the ICAEW might actively participate in the event.

For more information please call Gillian Knight.