Initiative fund

The Association has an Initiative Fund. Applications are welcomed from members of the Association who wish to initiate or support projects that will stimulate awareness of, and interest in, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Members interested in the Fund should contact the Secretary, who will provide further details of how to apply.

Recent awards from the initiative fund have included the following:

2011-2013: Oral History Project

Funding was provided by a number of organisations, including the SGA, British Antarctic Survey, BAS club, South Georgia Heritage Trust and the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, to record interviews with John Croxall, Bob Burton, and Nigel Leader-Williams.

2011: Habitat Restoration Project

We contributed to the South Georgia Heritage Trust's project to eradicate alien species - rats and reindeer - from the island, restoring the habitat for for native species such as ground-breeding birds.

2010: Dictionary of the Falkland Island

SGA donated copies of David Tatham's Dictionary of the Falkland Islands to various libraries with interests in South Georgia.

2010: Putting South Georgia on the Map

SGA provided support to Alec Trendall during publication of his history of Duncan Carse's South Georgia Surveys, and donated copies of the book to various institutes and national libraries.

2009-2010: Digitisation of photographs

SGA funded the digitisation of David Ferguson's photographs of South Georgia from 1912, and Harrison-Matthews cine film "Hay film from Prince Olav".

2006-2007: Historic sites survey

Funding was given for a fieldwork survey of a number of historic sites on the island.

2006: Antarctic Magistrate

A contribution was made towards the publication costs of "Antarctic Magistrate: the Life of Edward Beveridge Binnie".

2006: Duncan Carse Bust Appeal

A substantial sum was raised to create a bust of Duncan Carse, who led a number of expeditions to map the interior of the island. A small amount remains from this sum, and the SGA particularly invite applications for projects that have a connection to Duncan Carse or the South Georgia Survey expeditions.