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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.   These grants are made for work to improve and promote racial and/or religious harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies.

These grants are intended to facilitate and promote research and to disseminate knowledge for the public benefit in certain specified areas of work. The grants will help individual researchers meet the costs of publishing, research visits, attending conferences or seminars.

In 2020, we are encouraging applications for work in the following areas, although we will consider other applications relevant to the overall purpose of the Fund:

The Fund will normally make one Research Award annually, of no more than £500, depending on the number and quality of applications.

These grants are intended to recognise and reward significant practical work in improving interfaith or multicultural relationships in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The grant may be used to assist organisations to continue their work, or to complete a project already underway. They are aimed at funding practical work, for example, creative activities, training volunteers, hiring space for activities or holding social events.

The Fund will normally make one Community Harmony Award annually, of no more than £500. However, it may choose to make several smaller Awards, depending on the number and quality of applications.

Eligibility for The Richard Bonney Research Awards

Conditionality for The Richard Bonney Research Awards
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).

To apply for The Richard Bonney Research Awards
Please apply to the Advisers to the Fund at the email address below with a CV, a completed equal opportunities monitoring form (see below for link) plus no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining:

Eligibility for The Richard Bonney Community Harmony Awards

Conditionality for The Richard Bonney Community Harmony Awards
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.

Applicants should acknowledge the support of The Richard Bonney Literary Fund in any communications produced during the period of the grant.

To apply for The Richard Bonney Community Harmony Awards
Please apply to the Advisers to the Fund at the email address below, setting out:

The current round of funding for both types of Awards opens on 1 February 2020.   Please submit your proposals before 1 May 2020. The successful applicant(s) will be notified of decisions by 30 June 2020.

Please apply via the Donor Matching Scheme ** here **

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.