Letter template: Proposal for an Emergency Fund for Survival of The UK’s Science Centres
Template for lobbying letter to send to your MP
Please adapt this with the name and details of your centre and send to your local MP.
As discussed, there isn't a Coventry Science Centre, so we have used it as a place holder.
Please Do Cut, Edit and re-craft the text as desired – its much better if they all look different and highly locally relevant and add your centre name to the subject line.
Proposal for anEmergencyFund for Survival of The UK’sScienceCentres
Dear (name of local MP)
Thank you for all you are doing at this time of such national challenge.
I am the CEO of Coventry Science Centre.
Each year we attract 200,000 children and adults, teachers and schools who come to our science centre to explore science. We support teachers and schoolchildren across our region through our host of curriculum-linked STEM workshops and activities, and inspire families to explore and experiment with science together. We also run a host of targeted programmes with families and schools in the more disadvantaged parts of our communities and give these children unique access to inspirational science, opening up opportunities to them for career in STEM.
Owing to Coronavirus, the UK’s lively and successful Science Centres, all self-sustaining and entrepreneurial education charities in every city and region of our nation, have had to close their doors. With this, their entire income has been cut off overnight. We don’t get funding from DCMS, Arts council or Government, so this has cut off all revenue streams from family ticket sales, events booking, conferencing, school bookings, car parks, cafes and shops.
I write to you to alert you to the now critical situation ofCoventry’sScienceCentre, to ask for your help.
In particular, we ask if you can speak to the Science Minister, Amanda Solloway, on our behalf and ask her to support the recent national proposal from The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres for an Emergency Fund for the survival of our UK Science Centres, to which we could apply.
Together UK science centres engage and inspire millions of schoolchildren, families and others with STEM each year. Without support, we are all reaching a critical position.
The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres has collected data from across the UK Science Centres, including us, both before and after the very helpful furlough scheme to give a robust picture of the risk level.
Together we propose aNationalEmergencyResilienceFund for UKScienceCentresof £25 millionacross3 months (£8.3 million per month) whichwould secure the UK network of future-focussedsciencecentresto inspire children outside of London and nationally
All the details are within the attached document, along with a map of the UK network, and I would be so grateful if you can help. Either by asking the Science Minister to support the attached proposal, or by personally asking a question in Parliament about supporting our future-focused science centres to inspire future generations of scientists, noting that the appetite is there and usually millions of people pay to get involved in STEM at our centres each year. All that is at risk, without support now.
Science has never been more important, especially with both coronavirus and climate at stake. Let us not risk losing our science centre and others like it at this critical point.
We are vital in helping people in our region to make sense of what has happened, as well as inspiring the curious and creative scientists and engineers we need for our future.
Many thanks for your time and please do ask me if you have any questions