Grants / Bursaries / Awards
Last updated 1 May 2018
Applications for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme 2018 open on 1 May. This year a total fund of £82,500 is available to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.
Applications can be made online here from 1 May and will close on 31 July. Groups can prepare their application by reading through the FAQs on this website and checking the entry criteria.
Last year 164 groups received funding pots of £500 to help them build a brighter future in their local communities. In 2017, hundreds of community groups, clubs and organisations from across the UK applied to Grassroots Giving and a record 40,000 votes were cast online and in Skipton’s branches by the public.
Grants to Promote Use of Tap Water (UK)
Grants of between £300 and £3,000 are available to Schools, Colleges and Universities for projects that significantly reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and plastic waste.
The Tap Water Awards aim to support projects that develop new solutions to replace pre-existing systems that rely on plastic and promote the use of tap water. Grants are available to support educational establishments install mains fed drinking water machines and using reusable bottles. The Awards will however not pay for activities or services that schools have a statutory responsibility to provide.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
FSC Kids Fund
The Kids Fund is part of the Field Studies Council (FSC). FSC is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.
The Kids Fund is funded by donations from individuals, Trust Funds and from FSC Membership subscription. FSC staff also organise fundraising events.
The Kids Fund aims to:
- Bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a course at an FSC learning location.
- Help disadvantaged young people to attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial.
More information here.
Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside (UK)
UK based not-for-profit organisations and schools can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research.
Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Public Engagement Spark Awards (UK)
The Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council Public Engagement Spark Awards is now open for applications.
Schools as well as, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups can apply for awards of up to £15,000 to encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s science and technology. Every application must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area of science or technology. While these researchers often play an active role in delivering the engagement activities, they may act as an advisor on the scientific content.
Biochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)
The Biochemical Society outreach grants programme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to increase participation in the molecular biosciences at school level and beyond through engagement activities.
Applications for funding are invited to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred. The type of events funded could include:
- Activities for a science club
- Workshops for students or teachers
- Lectures from research scientists
RSC Chemistry Grant for Schools
Or, you could use the money for another chemistry activity. Why not try one of the 1000s of experiments on Learn Chemistry?
The RSC Regional Coordinator for Wales is Dr Dayna Mason; please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IoP School Grant Scheme (Physics/Engineering)
The IoP small grants scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19.
Run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC and CCLRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics.
Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK)
Schools wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside – and literacy, numeracy and science – can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).
The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
- The small grants programme (under £4,000) – deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications
- The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000) – the Trustees meet twice a year, to consider applications.
At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered. Applications for the Autumn meeting must be received by 31 July 2018. More here.
The Naturesave Trust grants
The Naturesave Trust was set up in 1995 to promote sustainable development. To date, the trust has funded projects worth over £580,000 throughout the UK.
You can apply for funding online here or by downloading an application form here and returning it by post, together with any further information you think might be useful, to: Bee West, Trust Administrator, The Naturesave Trust, South Devon House, Babbage Road, Totnes.
The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme
The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) offers small grants to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries and special schools in designated educational areas. For the 2017-18 school year only, SGS grants will be available in Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.
The SGS is non-competitive: funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school in these areas to get the full amount. There is a Main Grant for “full” Primary Schools* and ASN Schools of £500 per year towards a science project. Examples of what the SGS will fund are:
- School science weeks
- Scientific visits including trips out of, or visits to, the school
- Purchase of science equipment
- Improving the school’s grounds for science
- Gardening resources (maximum grant of £350)
- Science subscriptions
Details of our simple application process are here.
Royal Society Partnership Grants: Up to £3000 available!
The Royal Society have opened their Partnership Grant scheme to support schools in enabling students aged 5-18 the chance to get involved in STEM projects. There are grants of up to £3,000 available to schools.
Since its inception in November 2000, over £1.3 million has been awarded to over 800 schools and colleges promoting engagement within STEM subjects for thousands of young people across the UK.
The scheme enables schools to run STEM research projects in partnership with a professional engaged in STEM industry or research, and give them the funds to buy the necessary equipment needed.
There are two application rounds per year, one in spring and one in autumn. More details about eligibility criteria and how to apply via our online application system here.
Funding to help experience the Arts
As part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme, the Arts Council of Wales has launched a new funding stream to allow schools to apply for small one-off grants of up to £1,000 to fund visits to arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues. More information here.
The Centre For Alternative Technology (CAT) Bursaries
CAT Bursaries are available for KS3, KS4 and 5 school & college STEM groups in North Wales.
Contact Gabrielle Ashton, Education Dept: email@example.com / 01654 705983.
Wolfson Foundation’ Secondary Education Programme (UK)
The next deadline for application to the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is 10 June 2018. Through its Secondary Education Programme, high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges can apply to the Foundation for funding for capital or equipment projects relating to the teaching of science and technology; Grants do not normally exceed £50,000 for schools or £100,000 for sixth form colleges.
Schools that have received funding through the Foundation include Cheadle Hulme High School, Cheshire (grant of £46,000 for A Level science equipment) and the Alun School, Mold, Flintshire (grant of £50,000 for the refurbishment of a chemistry laboratory)
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Individuals in further education establishments can apply for up to £600 of grants in line with the Education Grant Scheme for either organising or attending a mathematics related activity. The Education Grant Scheme is ongoing throughout the year and applications can be made year round. More here.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institute of Physics (IoP)
The scheme provides schools and colleges with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. There are three deadlines per year for the School Grant Scheme. More information here.
Can be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school for sums up to £1,000. Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance activities would be welcome as would those from colleagues interested in starting a club.
Funding for Metallurgy and Materials Science Education (UK)
The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers is one of the leading charities in the UK supporting metallurgy and materials science education. From primary school through to postgraduate levels, funding is available for science equipment and projects, or travel to scientific events or institutions. Funds are finite and will be allocated on a first come first served basis in each year starting on 1 April.
Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme (UK)
Anyone working in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply to the Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics. Grants will be made up to a value of £600. Activities supported include: hosting a mathematics event (eg Maths Trails, Maths Competitions); attending conferences (eg Mathematics Works). Primary schools should work in partnership with a secondary school, FE or HEI. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Awards for All (UK)
Awards for All supports a wide range of activities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including education, heritage, environment, health, community activities; and in most countries, sports and arts.
One example of a school that has recently received funding is Treloweth Community Primary School in Cornwall. The school will use funding of £9,940 to create a learning hub for the community. This will improve facilities and create an environment for various activities, including family learning, drop in sessions for parents and after school clubs.
Applications are received on a continuous basis.
Grants4Schools was launched to help schools access the many different grant schemes available to them. Our aim is to provide a one stop funding information service to schools.
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