Heriot-Watt Engage can offer advice and ideas on sourcing funding for public engagement. The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has an extensive list of funding opportunities for public engagement.
Heriot-Watt Engage can help with writing applications and advising on activities. In recent years we have successfully sourced funding from EPSRC, NERC, the Wellcome Trust, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Science Association and many others.
An important source of funding is within research grant applications. Staff are encouraged to include costing for impact activities (which can include engagement activity) as part of the the Pathways to Impact section of many grant rounds. This can include costing for consumables for delivery, staffing or other associated costs. Heriot-Watt Engage can advise on how to go about this, so please contact us early on in your application process to see how we can help.