SNHBS now has a fund to provide financial support for members’ breeding groups and some other activities.
The money came from the winding-up last year of Arnamurchan’s Amm project and the Sunart, Ardnamurchan, Moidart & Morvern Beekeepers Association. Hence we call it The SAMMBA Fund.
SAMMBA donated its money and equipment-proceeds to SNHBS (about £3600), requesting that SNHBS members be invited to apply for specific types of funding and the Fund be administered by three SNHBS trustees or former trustees.
The initial custodians of the funds are trustees Kate Atchley, former chair of SAMMBA and SNHBS treasurer, Dawn Rigby, former member of SAMMBA, and John Durkacz. The custodians will use their discretion in responding to applications, taking into account the merits of each application and the funds remaining.
SNHBS’ members may apply for funds for the following purposes:
- match funding for the breeding of Scottish Amm stock up to maximum of £400
- paying relevant course fees for those involved in Amm breeding groups in Scotland up to maximum of £50 per course and once per annum
- match funding for DNA analysis of bees from SNHBS Conservation Project or members’ breeding groups
- funding video teaching materials (initially on the history and characteristics of Scottish Amm).
When assessing applications for purpose (1) above, priority will be given to Scottish breeding groups rather than individuals. The £400 funding maximum applies to each applicant (member or group) within each calendar year, even if funds are sought for more than one of the purposes above.
Funding will be restricted to members who are currently not-for-profit beekeepers and unlikely to make a profit from breeding Scottish Amm within two years.
Consideration will be given to other relevant applications.
The three Custodians will each consider the application and share their conclusions. The decision will be by majority of the three custodians. The Application Custodian will write to the applicant notifying acceptance or explaining refusal.
Those receiving funding will be encouraged to submit periodic reports on the progress of their group’s activities or their own beekeeping, as applicable.