Grants

Last updated: 21 September 2021

CREST for underrepresented audiences funding

CREST Awards Registration is FREE in Wales for ALL but eligible schools and organisations can apply for up to £300 towards support costs to run a project.

No cost should prevent a student from accessing the science education that they deserve. That’s why we are thrilled to be offering grants of up to £600 (£300 in Wales) for eligible schools to run CREST Awards with young people who are disadvantaged in STEM subjects.

These underrepresented audiences grants can be used to help students aged 5-19 to complete CREST projects of any level, whether at school or at home. Practical and flexible yet still aligned to the national curriculum, CREST projects give students the space and inspiration to immerse themselves in STEM investigations that match their interests and abilities, all the while keeping their science learning on track.

Grant applications are now OPEN and all eligible schools are encouraged to apply! The deadline for grant applications is 5pm on Friday 15th October 2021. 

To find out more and submit your application, please visit the CREST website here.

BSA Kick Start Grants for British Science Week 2021

Are you excited to run events for British Science Week 2022 in your school, but need a helping hand?

With the support of UK Research and Innovation, we’re providing Kick Start Grants to help schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own activities and events during British Science Week. The aim of the grants scheme is to engage children who might not otherwise choose to participate in science, and to promote cross-curricular learning. All kinds of events and activities are eligible for support! 

We can only accept applications from state-funded, non-selective schools or colleges in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • over 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium or equivalent. 
  • over 30% of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds.  
  • small school based in a remote and rural location.  

Closing date for applications: Monday 8 November.

Details, including tips on how to apply here.

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Awards are open to individuals and organisations to organise ecological public engagement events. This includes, but is not limited to, our members, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups.

Your proposal must be aimed at a non-academic audience and all projects must provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with them. They should also show evidence of links to the research community at UK, regional and international levels, where appropriate.

Applications from museums and schools are welcome, but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. 

Details here.

Foyle School Library Scheme

The Foyle School Library Scheme accepts applications from state funded schools in the United Kingdom.  The scheme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a poor state through underfunding and underdevelopment.  Encouraging children to read widely from an early age will provide a major boost to improving literacy levels, which is a key educational objective.

Schools can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000. 

Details here.

Microbiology Society Education and Outreach Grants

Open to Society members only.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.

In 2020, 56% of applicants received funding to support their microbiology teaching initiatives.

Key details

  • Maximum award: £1000
  • Deadline: 3 October 2021

Details here.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

The Trust focuses on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

The Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications received. These meetings are currently held in June and November.

Applications for the November meeting must be submitted by 29th October 2021.

Details here.

The Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Through the fund we aim to support projects that:

  • build the capacity and opportunity within the diverse chemical science community (including RSC members) to engage with a range of audiences in order to nurture a current and future generation passionate about the chemical sciences
  • offer a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage and inspire school students with the chemical sciences and raise aspirations
  • provide under-served, hard-to-reach audiences, communities and places with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people

The Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund is split into two categories: small grants - up to £5,000 and large grants - up to £10,000.

Details here.

Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme (UK)

Individuals working in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics.

The types of activities supported can include hosting a mathematics event, e.g. Maths Trails, Maths Competitions; attendance at appropriate conferences such as Mathematics Works; travel expenses to attend appropriate events; supply cover required for the teacher to attend the appropriate event. 

Grants will be made up to a value of £600 from a total budget of £6,000.

Closing date for 2021 is 30 November.

Details here.

Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside (UK)

UK based schools and not for profit organisations 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. Previous projects supported include Castlemilk Day Nursery which received a grant of £5,000 to build a multi-function shelter with provision for special needs teaching; and St Joseph's Specialist School & College, which received a grant of £4,000 towards a community garden expansion. 

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Details here.

A&S Landscape guides to writing Grant Applications for schools

There are many grant providers which award funds to schools, but it can be hard to find the right scheme and write a successful application. This web page contains a range of free resources to assist you in securing funds for your school. Including an extensive list of grant providers and a free ‘Writing Successful Grant Applications’ guide.

Details here.

The Royal Society Partnership Grants

Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing or data science projects. Additionally, introduced in 2020, there is a new extension to the scheme called Tomorrow's climate scientists. This extension will fund schools to research specifically into climate change and biodiversity issues. The application process for Tomorrow's climate scientists is the same as for the main scheme.

Why apply for this scheme?

The Partnership Grants scheme offers up to £3000 to UK schools or colleges to buy equipment to run a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional (research or industry). Successful projects:

  • Deliver a better understanding of the latest developments in STEM;
  • Improve perceptions of those working in STEM professions;
  • Give students pride and ownership in STEM from participation in the investigative process.

Who can apply for this scheme?

Whilst the initial application must be started by the school partner so that they are the primary applicant, there needs to be two project partners on the same application form. The partnership needs to be established before starting the application. The two partners are: 

  • School partner (the primary applicant): any teacher or support staff at the main school, such as a computing teacher or a science technician; and a
  • STEM partner: an individual that is currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst. 

Details here.

The Ironmongers' Company STEM Grants

In response to the much publicised skills gap in the British engineering industry, the Ironmongers’ Foundation wishes to support initiatives that encourage talented young people to study science subjects at school and go on to pursue engineering-related further education or vocational training. The Foundation works in partnership with other organisations to deliver specific projects, which must meet the following criteria:

  • Grants are made to registered or exempt charities only. Projects involving corporate partners must have charitable purposes and be for public benefit, not private gain.
  • Activities must be within the UK, with a preference for urban areas outside London and particularly areas in the north and midlands with a manufacturing presence.
  • Preference will be given to projects engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants must be under the age of 25.
  • Activities must be additional to those funded by government or other sources e.g. covered by school budgets. The Foundation prefers to support smaller projects where its contribution can make a real difference.
  • Projects should have clear objectives and measurable outcomes.

Deadlines are December 1st, April 1st and August 1st.

Details here.

Royal Society of Chemistry Enhanced Equipment Grant

Royal Society of ChemistryThese funds are awarded against bids for equipment that cannot be purchased through a school’s mainstream teaching budget and which would enrich the learning experience of students in either primary (science) or secondary (chemistry) studies.  

In particular, this would be for equipment that supports delivery of the practical aspect of chemistry education and an application will be enhanced by a demonstration of the diversity of application of the equipment within and between student cohorts.

The application will be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school for up to £1000.

Details here.

Royal Society of Chemistry Funding for Chemistry Clubs

Royal Society of ChemistryThe funds are targeted at activities run at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable which may be focused on generating interest in chemistry in all ability levels or which may provide opportunities to stretch and challenge the already able and motivated.  

Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance activities would be welcome as would those from colleagues interested in starting a club.  

An application would need to indicate how the longevity of the proposal was ensured and how best practice and experience from it might be shared within and between other (perhaps feeder) schools.  

The application will be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school for sums up to £1000.

Details here.

Groundwork list of Community Grants across the UK

Groundwork has a page on its website dedicated to grants for community groups and projects around the UK.

More information available here

Funding for Capital Projects in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges (UK) 

From May 2019, secondary schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £50,000 towards 50% of the cost of capital projects through the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education programme. Sixth form colleges are eligible to apply for up to £100,000.

The Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is primarily dedicated to supporting the teaching of A-Levels and GCSEs at high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges.

Schools and colleges that have reached a level of excellence determined by a combination of criteria, but mainly through the receipt of an outstanding Ofsted assessment, are eligible to apply. 

More information here.

London Mathematical Society - Small Grants for Education

To stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to Undergraduate level and beyond, by:

  • enhancing and enriching mathematical study beyond the curriculum;
  • engaging the public with mathematics;
  • encouraging unusual ways of communicating mathematics.

The scheme is primarily intended for activities for which there is limited scope for alternative sources of funding. Applicants linked to universities should ideally be supported by a member of the Society and ordinarily the Scheme will not fund University outreach activity.  However, anyone based in the UK is eligible to apply for a grant.

Details here.

Grants to Promote Use of Tap Water (UK)

tapwater.orgGrants 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.

Details here.

Biochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

biochemical society logoThe 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

More here.

IoPW Funding

Do you have ideas for extra-curricular opportunities for your students?

The Institute of Physics Wales’s Public Engagement grant scheme is designed to give financial support of up to £750 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in Wales. 

This grant scheme is open all year round and applications will be assessed by the Institute of Physics in Wales Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by email of the outcome within six weeks of the closing date.

The Institute of Physics centrally also offers grants of up to £600 to schools.

Details here

The 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 2021-22 school year, SGS grants will be available in Wales in Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot only.

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:

  • Science resources 
  • 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.

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. 

Primary schools can apply for grants of £600 and Secondary schools for £1,000.

Details here.

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.

Details here.

 Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK) – Woodland Trust

Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups can apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees.

More information here.

Grants4Schools

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.

There is a charge to subscribe.

Details here.