The United Kingdom Cave Conservation Emergency Fund is a charitable Fund administered by the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) as a constituent member of the British Caving Association (BCA). The Fund is administered by a non-voting Treasurer with a committee of five voting members. The Treasurer and committee members are appointed by BCRA Council for a five year term, the committee from individuals nominated by BCA constituent bodies.
The objectives of the Fund are to support projects which further the conservation of caves and cave features as set out below. Reference to a cave or cave feature is intended to include historic mines, caves and other places of speleological interest within the United Kingdom.
- To assist in the publication of material intended to promote the conservation of caves and features therein or the conservation of a specific site or group of caves.
- To assist with the physical protection of features within a specific cave or group of caves.
- To assist in works designed to maintain access to a cave or part of a cave, but not solely to assist exploration.
- To assist in the purchase of land or property where such acquisition is intended to ensure the protection of, or maintenance of access to, a cave or caves.
Works or projects are normally required to be of an emergency nature and ones for which no other support is available. Funding for suitable projects is usually offered in the form of a loan. Further advice can be obtained from the Treasurer.
Donations to the Fund are always welcome.
To discuss a project or to make application for help please contact a committee member, preferably your regional representative, in the first instance.
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