This is from a contact in Welsh Waters as a response to a specific enquiry about using their community funding for citizen science…
My comment about unsuccessful applications was in reference to a different biodiversity programme I suggested for CLEAN.
In terms of Community/Cit Sci Fund – I’m not aware of any application for sampling equipment to either fund be successful. That’s not saying it wouldn’t be, but I’m just not aware of any. It’s historically not been something we support (for multiple reasons) and equally I believe NRW have been of a similar stance.
As you may have read, the Citizen Science programme requires support from an eNGO, Uni, consultancy etc, so it may be an idea to discuss the use/benefit/limitations of sampling equipment with them.
I hope that helps.