The Richard Bonney Literary Fund
The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides two types of small grants annually: for individual researchers and for community organisations or local project groups. Details on eligibility and how to apply for both grants are found below.
Grants to individual researchers: The Richard Bonney Research Awards
These grants are intended to facilitate and promote research and to disseminate knowledge for the public benefit in the specific areas of tolerance and harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies. The grants will help individual researchers meet costs such as those for publishing, research visits, attending conferences or seminars. Applicants should be embarking as early career researchers in areas related to the fund, or have switched their research interests to this area.
The Fund will normally make one Research Award annually. Grants of up to £500 are available, but larger grants may be considered depending on the quality of the application and needs of the researcher.
Successful applicants will be required to provide a short report to the Advisers to the Fund on the output(s), including an account of expenditure and use of grant money. This report should be no more than two sides of A4 paper in length.
Applicants should acknowledge the support of The Richard Bonney Literary Fund in any communications produced including the final research output(s).
How to apply:
Please apply to the Advisers to the Fund at the email address below with a CV plus no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining:
- Project summary including intellectual rationale, aims and planned output(s);
- A breakdown of costs/budget;
- Explanation of how this project will have an impact on communities beyond universities or colleges;
- Provide 2 references, at least one of which must be academic.
Grants to small community organisations or local project groups: The Richard Bonney Community Harmony Awards
These grants are intended to recognise and reward significant practical work in improving interfaith or multicultural relationships in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Grants may be used to assist small local community organisations or local project groups to continue their work, or to complete a project already underway. They are aimed at funding practical activities, for example, creative projects, training volunteers, hiring space for holding social events which meet the aims of the Fund. Applicants must have their own bank accounts and be able to demonstrate a proven track record of previous success in relevant areas of work.
The Fund will normally make one Community Harmony Award annually. Grants of up to £500 are available.
Successful applicants will be required to provide a short report to the Advisers to the Fund on the difference it has made, including an account of expenditure and use of grant money. This report should be no more than two sides of A4 paper in length.
Applicants should acknowledge the support of The Richard Bonney Literary Fund in any communications produced during the period of the grant.
How to apply:
Please apply to the Advisers to the Fund at the email address below, setting out:
- The aims of the project;
- Relevant work already completed, demonstrating success;
- An outline budget;
- The names of 2 referees.
The current round of funding for both types of Awards opens on 1 February 2021 and runs until 1 September 2021. Please submit your proposals before 1 May 2021. The successful applicant(s) will be notified within one month of applying.
Please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Richard Bonney
Professor Richard Bonney (1947- 4 August 2017) was Professor of Modern History at the University of Leicester from 1984 until his retirement in 2006 after which he continued at the University as an Emeritus Professor in the School of History. He was ordained as a priest of the Church of England in 1997.
A leading academic and also a Christian priest, Richard was an expert on different faiths, and due to his own experience living in
Leicester was a staunch believer in the importance of a society which breeds tolerance and respect for different faiths and cultures.
He fiercely opposed the oppression or subjugation of any group for their beliefs or faiths, and he actively supported marginalised groups with his writing and other activism. He believed that academia could strengthen and promote these values for the public good.
He wrote in a nuanced and informed manner on contemporary political issues such as terrorism and genocide, and the interrelationship between the political and the religious.
His 2004 study Jihad from Qur’an to Bin Laden continues to be one of the most cited works in the field.