Last updated: 5 May 2020
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.
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 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.
Get Grants Bid Writing Courses
We offer a regular 'Bid Writing Courses for Schools' Courses across the UK.
Our one-day workshop is aimed at Headteachers, Teachers, School Business Managers or PTA committees who have the responsibility for raising funds for schools through grant fundraising.
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.
Royal Society of Chemistry Enhanced Equipment Grant
These 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.
Royal Society of Chemistry Funding for Chemistry Clubs
The 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
More information and the application process 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 2019-20 school year, SGS grants will be available in Wales in Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent 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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019.
More information here
B&Q Waste Donation Scheme
B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all stores.
The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren't used.
Eligible groups include:
- Schools and colleges
- Child minders, playgroups and nurseries
- Allotment associations, community gardening projects
- Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets
- Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools
- Other local community groups
More information here
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.