Last updated: November 13 2023
A programme of grants to support schools in providing STEM experiences for their learners
Our grants programme has been designed to support schools to access interventions which will raise awareness of the importance of STEM, though particular consideration will be given to activities with a focus on the materials cycle and our transition to a low carbon, resilient and resource efficient society, and applications from schools with a high proportion of learners from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.
Each year a maximum of fifteen grants of up to £350 will be made and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis to applications which fulfil the awarding criteria.
Closing date, December 1 2023.
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The Edina Trust offers £700 primary school science grants and £500 early years science grants. Grants are available in a local authority area for three years, after which we move on to new areas.
It’s quick and easy to access as the grants are non-competitive, meaning you are guaranteed to get funding if you are in one of the current areas.
Schools can use their grants for:
Details of the simple application process are here.
The Royal Society is inviting applications to their Tomorrow's Climate Scientists Programme to give students across the UK the opportunity to take action to address climate and biodiversity issues.
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to UK primary or secondary schools to run a STEM investigation project for students aged between 5 and 18. There needs to be two project partners to the scheme with the lead applicant being a school and the second partner being a STEM professional from academia or industry. Funding should predominantly be used to buy equipment.
The next closing date for applications is the 30th November 2023.
The Royal Society of Biology is offering state-funded secondary schools in the UK an opportunity for two teachers to host a Gopher Science Lab, lab day with invited primary schools, in their school or held as a hybrid event, and supported by a small grant of £500.
This includes access to RSB’s Gopher Science Lab online training course to enable the school to train some of its students to deliver the lab day teaching with support from the two lead science teachers. Secondary school teachers working in UK based, state-funded, secondary schools can email Amanda Hardy to apply on behalf of their school for a small grant, which is intended to support schools and their students who for financial reasons would not otherwise have the opportunity to run their own lab day.
The IMA offers an Education Grants Scheme to provide financial support towards the costs of running an educational activity relating to mathematics. The aim of the Education Grants Scheme is to enable organisations to pilot new ideas, approaches and practices or undertake collaborative activities that would not be possible under existing funding schemes.
Applications are welcome from those working in secondary schools, colleges of further education (FE), and higher education institutions (HEI) (including PhD students). In line with the aims and mission of the IMA while applications from primary schools are also welcome, the activities described should involve collaboration with a secondary school, FE college or HEI.
To allow flexibility and encourage innovation, the IMA does not have a comprehensive list of the type of activities the Education Grants will fund. Previous examples of successfully funded proposals are available to review on the Education Grants Funded Activities web page.
Closing date 30 November 2023.
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 at any time for between £1,000 and £10,000.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Deadlines are December 1st, April 1st and August 1st.
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.
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 has a page on its website dedicated to grants for community groups and projects around the UK.
More information available here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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