The Leisure Studies Association Education Development Fund Details

The LSA is pleased to offer the Education Development Fund, to provide a source of funding to support the development of new approaches to leisure related teaching and learning, and their broader dissemination across the leisure community. The aims of the scheme are:

  • To promote excellence and/or innovation in leisure related teaching
  • To enhance learning and the student experience in leisure
  • To allow the dissemination of best and/or innovative practice across the Leisure community.

Proposals are invited from existing LSA members (1) in any aspect of leisure related education, including (but not restricted to) areas such as:

  • Developing the leisure curriculum
  • Teaching, Learning, and COVID19.
  • Using new technology in leisure education
  • Developing effective feedback in leisure education
  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Student employability and leisure.

Guidance for Applicants

  • The maximum amount that will be awarded is £5000. There is no minimum amount
  • The LSA may award a partial amount from that requested
  • Preference will be given to applications that have additional or match-funding
  • Collaborative proposals are strongly encouraged, especially those involving international collaboration.
  • Proposals must use the application form below.

Applications will be judged by a panel of at least three current LSA Executive Committee members, who will be appointed by the LSA Executive Committee.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The clarity and coherence of proposed activity (20%)
  • The proposed benefits of the activity, specifically the potential broader impact of the project across the LSA community  (40%)
  • The dissemination to, and the potential use of any findings/resources by the broader leisure community/LSA members (30%)
  • Realistic costings/budget (and with, where appropriate, evidence of match-funding) (10%).


These will be emailed to members and made available on the LSA website. Applications should be emailed in word format to by 5pm GMT on January 8th 2021.


  1. Any changes to planned expenditure must be agreed by LSA beforehand
  2. If subsistence is claimed, this should be claimed at the normal rate of the applicant’s host institution, and clearly itemised on the application. Alcohol will not be reimbursed
  3. All expenditure must be for the applicant only unless agreed by the LSA beforehand
  4. Unless otherwise agreed beforehand, all funds will be reimbursed to the applicant, rather than paid up front
  5. Funds should be spent within 12 months of the award unless agreed beforehand.

Further Information

For more information please contact Dr Kat King ( or Dr Ian Jones ( The application form can be found here.

[1] Applicants should normally have been members of LSA for at least 6 months, however applications from newer members may also be considered – please contact for guidance.

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