Grants / Bursaries / Awards

Last updated 11 January 2018

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Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionSpace for all – community funding scheme

UK Space Agency logoThe UK Space Agency has opened applications for its Space for All community funding scheme. It offers small grants up to a maximum of £10,000. Projects may be targeted at specific audiences and may include delivery of:

  • Curriculum enrichment activities
  • Projects to promote careers in the space sector
  • Pilot projects to demonstrate plans for larger scale projects in these areas

The deadlines for proposals to be received is 5pm on 9 February 2018. Find out more and download an application form here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFSC Kids Fund

FSC logoThe 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside (UK)

Ninevah Trust logoUK 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competition£2,000 project grants to develop global learning

Global Learning logoNow open to all schools in Wales to apply – deadline 18 January 2018.

Do you want to help your pupils develop as ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the World? Would your school be interested in working together with other schools to help deepen knowledge and understanding of global issues?

The Global Learning Programme -Wales is now giving all schools in Wales the opportunity to apply for one of our £2,000 grants to carry out a specific project.

Apply here – guidance here, or contact Polly Seton / 07792673617

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionBiochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

biochemical society logoThe Biochemical Society has announced that its outreach grants programme will re-open for applications on 8 January 2018. Grants of up to £1,000 will be 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

More here.

RSC Chemistry Grant for Schools

RSC logoThe Royal Society of Chemistry is offering grants of up to £75 for schools to carry any of their Global Experiments.

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 for more information.

IoP School Grant Scheme (Physics/Engineering)

IoP logoThe 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.

The Naturesave Trust grants

Naturesave Trust logo.pngThe Naturesave Trust was set up in 1995 to promote sustainable development. To date, the trust has funded projects worth over £580,00, 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.

Applications for British Science Week 2018 are now open

BSWThere are three grant schemes available to support British Science Week (9-18 March 2018) activities: one for schools, one for community groups, and one for BSA branches.

Kick Start Grants. This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are two options available: Kick Start grant: A grant of up to £300 for your school to run an activity; Kick Start More grant: A grant of up to £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community

BSW Community Grants. This scheme offers £500-£1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Click here to view our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science.

Primary school competitionThe Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme

Edina TrustThe 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.

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:

Details of our simple application process are here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionRoyal Society Partnership Grants: Up to £3000 available!

RSC logoThe 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.

Secondary school competitionBritish Ecological Society outreach grants

British Ecological SocietyThis 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…

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding 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.

Secondary school competitionThe 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: / 01654 705983.

Secondary school competitionThe 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.

Secondary school competitionThe 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competition BMCS grants for chemistry clubs

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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding 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.

Secondary school competitionThe 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.

Secondary school competitionInstitute 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionAwards 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionGrants4Schools

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.

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