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Grants

Last updated: 15 October 2020

BSA Kick Start scheme for British Science Week 2021

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths that is coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  

Our purpose is to distribute grants of £150-£700 to schools in challenging circumstances to run events and activities during British Science Week 2021 (05 - 14 March).  

The fund is open to schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (including special schools, Early Years education providers and pupil referral units).  

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

Details here.

BSA Community Grants for British Science Week 2021

The mission of the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science by empowering and supporting community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (5-14 March 2021).

The scheme offers £500-£2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.

Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women.

Community grants cannot be used for events or activities with school groups unless they are a special education needs (SEN) school. If you represent a school and meet the eligibility criteria, please apply for our Kick Start Grants instead (see above).

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 9 November 2020.

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.

Funding to Explore Creative Approaches to Teaching & Learning (Wales)

Grants of £10,000 will be made available to schools in Wales to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning through a joint Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government initiative.

With the support of creative agents and practitioners, the Lead Creative Schools Scheme will provide funding for two academic years to help senior leaders and teachers identify challenges within the school development plan that might benefit from a creative learning approach.

Projects could for example, explore how film can be used to develop pupils’ literacy skills or how numeracy outcomes can be developed using sculpture. Schools should make a 25% contribution, with funding to be spent on creative practitioner time and materials/resources to deliver the project.

Applications can be made from the 23rd September 2020 until 5pm on the 7th October 2020.

Details here.

CREST for underrepresented audiences funding

Registration for CREST Awards are FREE in Wales (except for Star and SuperStar) but if registration and support costs are a barrier to running CREST, grants of up to £600 are now available to support and enable schools and organisations to run CREST Awards with young people underrepresented in STEM.

Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:

  • CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group;

  • Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request up to £600 total towards running CREST awards, this breaks down into two categories:

  • Up to £300 to cover CREST registration fees (you can find registration costs here)

  • Up to £300 to spend on support costs for running the Awards, such as CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, CREST link schemes or a delivery partner, consumables or equipment.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, 14th October 2020. Applications cannot be accepted after this date. 

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 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.

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.

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

HomeTo 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.

Funding 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.

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.
More information and the application process 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 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 - HomeB&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

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.