Grants / Bursaries / Awards
Last updated 8 June 2017
The Royal Society of Chemistry is offering large grants, £2,000 to £10,000, to support public and schools engagement events and activities.
The grant scheme, which is open to both members and non-members, is designed to support schools engagement activities that aim to:
- Enrich student’s chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum
- Provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
- Demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
- Provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, eg for hard-to-reach student audiences.
And public engagement activities that will:
- Increase chemists’ visibility as approachable people AND/OR
- Increase the publics’ confidence in discussing chemistry AND/OR
- Demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday interests and concerns.
The next deadline for applications to the Large Grant Scheme is Monday 3 July.
For projects on a smaller scale and applicants seeking to pilot new ideas we also offer Small grants, up to £2,000, open year-round. The next deadline for applications is Monday 2 October.
More information and applications here.
Funding for Youth Grand Challenges
We are pleased to launch a round of grants to support and enable schools and organisations to enter the Youth Grand Challenges competition.
Applicants can request up to £500 in total towards the costs of running Youth Grand Challenges CREST Awards. This can be used to cover CREST registration fees or support costs for running projects including supply teacher cover or equipment. Apply here.
Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme
The Royal College of Pathologists is looking for new projects that engage audiences such as school students, undergraduates, health professionals or local communities with pathology.
If you have an innovative idea which could help pathologists communicate the role they play in healthcare the RCP wants to hear from you. There is funding of £1,000 available.
Deadline for submissions is Monday 5 June 2017. More information here.
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 2016-17 school year only, SGS grants will be available in Merthyr and RCT.
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.
British Ecological Society outreach grants
This grant scheme will reopen in January 2017. Individuals and organisations including schools can apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience (projects need to have significant outreach beyond schools).
The maximum award is £2,000. Read more…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01654 705983.
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.
The Naturesave Trust (UK)
Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company provides funding to support environmental and conservationist projects. The Naturesave Trust provides financial assistance to projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist issue. Applications can be made at any time.
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.
You can try Grants4Schools for free here.