Grants and Funding Opportunities for Schools

Digital Xtra Fund to award £75K to help boost digital skills in Scotland

On 30 August, Digital Xtra Fund will launch its next round of funding with a total of £75,000 available. Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to extracurricular activity providers that teach skills such as coding, data science, and computational thinking and help inspire Scotland’s next generation of designers, developers, and digital technologists.

Created in 2016, the goal of the Fund is for young people across Scotland to have access to digitally creative activities to increase the number of young people entering highly skilled digital careers, helping bridge Scotland’s widening skills gap.

Over the past two years, Digital Xtra Fund has supported 33 initiatives enabling them to engage more than 20,000 young people. The Fund has previously supported Code Clubs in public libraries across Scotland; Apps for Good, which teaches young people to develop apps with social benefit; and VEX Robotics, a global robotics competition.

The Fund has already supported some brilliant initiatives and the results have been fantastic. For example, last year the Fund supported the Scottish F1 in Schools STEM Challenge which taught students to design, build, and race model F1 cars. From that, several teams qualified for the UK Finals in Silverstone with two all-girl teams from West Lothian now heading to the World Finals in Singapore, representing Scotland and Britain. 

Digital Xtra Fund brings together businesses, organisations, and individuals with a common will to help young people succeed in a digital world through an annual grant awards programme. Key Partners include Skills Development ScotlandSkyscanner, and Scottish Government, as well as AccentureBaillie GiffordBT ScotlandCityFibreFujitsuIncremental GroupMicro:bit Educational FoundationScotlandISSky UK, and Zonal.

The closing date for applications is 1 November 2018 and awardees will be chosen by a panel made up Digital Xtra Fund Partners and EdTech experts. Funding will be awarded to successful initiatives from mid-December 2018.

For more information on Digital Xtra Fund and to apply, visit HERE

Science Grant Scheme Introduction

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The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) offers small grants to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries* and special schools in designated educational areas. In the 2017-18 school year, SGS grants will be available in the following areas: 
*Please note this does not include partnership nurseries or PVI nurseries with government funded places.

Scotland:- Clackmannanshire

The Edina Trust science grant scheme is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school in these areas to get the full amount. The SGS runs in each area for three years, before moving on to a new area. See below to find out which year your school's area is in.

Main Grant for "full" Primary Schools* and ASN Schools
£600 per year towards a science project. This adds up to £1,800 over the three-year scheme.
*'Full' Primary Schools have both infant and junior pupils.

Half Grant for Infant and Junior Schools
£300 per school year towards a science project (i.e. £900 over three years).

One-off grant for Nurseries
One-off £420 grant at any point during the three year scheme. This includes stand-alone nursery schools and nursery classes within schools. A school may also spend more on their nursery using the main grant, if desired.

How the grant can be used

If you are in need of inspiration, take a look at some examples of what the Edina Trust will fund:

  1. school science weeks
  2. scientific visits including trips out of, or visits to, the school
  3. purchase of science equipment
  4. improving the school's grounds for science
  5. gardening resources (maximum grant of £420)
  6. science subscriptions

For all the information on these Grants and what's on offer please visit HERE 

Grants and funding to run CREST

Funding to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences 

The next application deadline to apply for this funding is Friday 20th October 2017 at 6pm. More information or apply online

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.

Preference will be given to schools that can be described as one or more of the following: 

  • In England, you have 35% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for pupil premium according to the 2016-17 figures
  • In Wales, you have 35% of pupils, or above, eligible for free school meals according to the Welsh Pupil Deprivation Grant school allocations 2016-17
  • In Scotland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • In Northern Ireland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures
  • Your school has a high proportion of pupils (over 30%) who are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds
  • You are a small school based in a remote and rural location (settlement of less than 10,000 people with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more)

British Science Week funding

Applications for British Science Week 'Kick Start Grants' 2018 will open in late September 2017. 

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week, including CREST Award related activities. 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


Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.

We are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.

You do not have to be an expert in science, or even have delivered science activities before to participate, and we encourage organisations who want to try something new to apply.

Successful applicants will receive support from the Curiosity team to help them deliver and learn from high quality science activity in an informal setting.

You will also be part of shaping the future of this exciting initiative as well as able to apply to further rounds of grant funding.

Explore these pages to find out more about Curiosity, what we expect and how you can apply.


Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017.

Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018.

We will be expect delivery to be completed by the end of the 2018 Summer holidays to give the best chance for learning to be collected and for you to engage in the second round of grant making.

In this first round of funding we anticipate that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.


Engineering education grant scheme

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5 - 19.

 The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have merged their educational grant schemes to produce greater coherence in their funding for formal and informal learning support. This combined scheme is designed to streamline the application process, promote partnership working and strengthen how successful interventions are measured.

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

Any organisation capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities is eligible to apply, including schools, IET or IMechE members and STEM organisations. We are particularly keen to receive applications for projects from teams with diverse expertise, a range of skills and from a variety of sectors.

There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.

Applications for funding must be endorsed by an authorised representative of the IET or IMechE no later than 11th March 2017get in touch for contact details.

Spring 2017 funding round

Bids for funding will be accepted 16 January - 1 April 2017 for projects taking place from 1 June 2017, and you must request an endorser by 11th March. Bids submitted after 1 April will not be considered.

Decisions will be announced w/c 30 May 2017.

To apply for funding you must:

read the guidelines and assessment criteria;

develop your application in collaboration with the authorised endorser (request your local contact);

submit your application by email.

Application form and guidance

Download the Engineering Education Grant Scheme application form

Download the guidance for Engineering Education Grant Scheme applicants

All successful applicants are required to submit a report on completion of the funded project. Applicants who have not submitted a report for a previously funded project will not be considered for further funding until the outstanding report has been submitted and acknowledged.


Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Fund

Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences.

Through the fund we can support our members, and other advocates, to engage with different audiences, and provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences.

The next round of funding for small grants (up to £2,000) and large grants (up to £10,000) will be open from January-April 2017.

In addition to funding, we offer support from our Outreach Team and Education Coordinators. For more information please contact us.

Based on feedback we’ve received on previous funding rounds, please note that we are updating our processes, criteria and guidelines.

Outreach Fund

For enquires about applying for funding from the Outreach Fund

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432276

Click the shortened link below for more information about the RSC Outreach Fund

click here

School Grants Scheme

The scheme provides grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics and engineering in schools and colleges based in the UK, catering for students in the age range 5-19.

Eligibility and timing

Grants can be used to support a wide range of projects. You can apply for the grant for the organisation of a school based science week activity or extracurricular activities such as a science club. Alternatively, you might want organise a careers event or a visit from a working physicist or engineer.

The following will normally not be funded:

  • Costs normally met from school budgets (e.g. the purchase of text books or standard equipment)
  • Projects that the referees judge would proceed regardless of a grant award.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers or annual subscriptions
  • Projects requiring more than £600 where sources of additional funding are not stated


Projects taking place in Spring term 2017

Projects taking place in summer term 2017

1 February 2017

Projects taking place in autumn term 2017

1 May 2017

Projects taking place in spring term 2018

1 October 2017

How do I apply?

The scheme is extremely competitive; last year we funded 55% of the applications we received. To ensure your application has the best possible chance of being successful please be as detailed as possible of your application form.

Complete the application form and submit it by email to . Applications will only be accepted by email. Application guidelines can be found here.

All sections of the application form should be completed. Any incomplete applications we receive will be rejected.

Once you have completed your project, you will be expected to complete an evaluation form.

This scheme is co-funded by Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (ITE).

For more information about this grant scheme, please click the shortened link below:- 

Organisations offering funding, bursaries, grants, awards and scholarships for women and girls

Please contact the organisations direct by clicking on the links. You can also seek advice about funding from your Professional Body, Union or Learned Society. 

See also our lists of Networks and Organisations.

If you would like to list your opportunity for women in STEM, or place an advert on this page, please contact us.

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

A set of awards to honor distinguished technical women and those who are working towards the recruitment, retention and advancement of technical women.

British Federation of Women Graduates

BFWG holds a Research Presentations Day each year at which women postgraduate students are invited to give short presentations of their research work to a general audience. A prize is offered for the best presentation.

Brunel University London Women in Engineering programme

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme, personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students.

Daphne Jackson Trust

Support for scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after a career break.

DevelopHER Awards

The DevelopHER Awards are about raising the profile of women in tech in East Anglia.

First Women Awards

The UK’s premium awards programme focused on senior-level business women and professionals. The First Women Awards are open to all women in business in the UK. Nominations can be made by the individual herself or by a professional colleague.

Ford Prize for Women in STEM study

Recognising that women are traditionally under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) studies and the related professions,

Fran Trust

The Fran Trust funds scholarly activity in the fields of feminism, gender or women's studies. The Trust provides small grants of up to £500 for postgraduate students studying at UK universities to attend and present papers on a gender-related topic at academic conferences in the UK.

Gastech Young Engineer Foundation

Selected Young Engineers are invited to participate in an essay competition. The winner of essay submission will have the opportunity to speak at Gastech Conference.

Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.

Green Energy Awards

The Green Energy Awards are a night to remember as we celebrate the success of the south west renewable energy industry annually.

L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science

The programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Royal Academy of Engineering Grants and Prizes

The funding on offer includes student bursaries, engineering entrepreneurship, research projects, international exchanges, knowledge transfer partnerships, public engagement activities and prizes recognising significant engineering achievements.

Skills 4 UK Scholar’s Award

Open to female UKESF scholars who are entering their final year of university and who are on track for a 2:1 or above.

TeenTech Awards

The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) and 17-18 (Years 12 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.

The Churchill Travelling Fellowship

Would you like to travel overseas to research new ideas and best practice from across this wide field? Travelling Fellowships available in the fields of Science, Technology & Innovation

The Elizabeth Nuffield Educational Fund

A list of organisations giving funds only to women in education and training.

Very Early Career Woman Physicist Prize

The Women in Physics Group invites applications from women at the start of their careers in physics who have made a substantial contribution to the subject and have undertaken activities to support and encourage others in the field. The prize is awarded annually.

WEST bursaries

Every year WEST makes small bursaries to offer practical support to women and girls who are learning or working in a non-traditional role or would like to do start to do this.

Women in IT Awards

An annual award that recognises the outstanding innovation achieved by women in the IT industry.

Women's Engineering Society

Awards are regularly offered by WES, depending on the funds available.


womENcourage is a scientific event, and also an event aimed at networking and exploring career opportunities for women in computer science and related disciplines. Scholarships are available for students wishing to attend the conference.

Grants and STEM Club Support

Below is a selection of grant schemes STEM Clubs could apply to. It is recommended that you always read the criteria and guidance for applicants carefully to ensure your project fits with the grant schemes’ aims. Many funders are available to talk through your ideas on the phone before you submit your application.

Activity ideas for a club:-

Please also check out the other pages on our website with a range of exciting activities, competitions and ideas that you could get involved in.

Biochemical Society:-

The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). Two rounds a year in April and September.

British Ecological Society:-

The British Ecological Society offers outreach grants of up to £2,000 to its members and others, including schools, to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

British Science Association Kick Start Grants:-

The British Science Association offer School Activity grants of up to £300, or ‘Our School Community’ grants of up to £700 to run activities during British Science Week (was National Science and Engineering Week).

Holmes Hines Memorial Fund:-

Administered by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the Holmes Hines Memorial Fund offers small awards to help individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available. No set application date.

Institute of Physics:-
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a small grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges.

The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. Awards are made three times a year.

Raspberry Pi education fund:-

Raspberry Pi Education fund is open to organisations including schools and STEM Clubs. Grants range from £100 to £125k as long as they fit within the aim of promoting computer science and its use across STEM and the arts. Grants require matched funding.

Royal Society:-
The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a school in partnership with a practising scientist or engineer. Awards made twice a year.

Royal Society of Chemistry:-
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry Club grant scheme is targeted at
activities that are at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable.
Teachers can apply for funding up to £1,000 for their Club. Awards made four times a year .

Science and Technology Facilities Council – Small Awards:-
STFC Small Awards offers the opportunity of funding ranging from £500 – £10,000 for projects in Public Engagement relating to STFC science and technology.

Society of General Microbiology:-
Grants of up to £1,000 to support microbiology teaching initiatives and events are available to School Corporate or School Representative Members of the Society.

STEM Directories Grants:-
The STEM Directories occasionally run grants of up to £500 for schools who wish to run an activity listed on their directory.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards:-
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people.

Waitrose Community Matters:-
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes. The proportion of funding depends on the number of tokens placed by shoppers in a box in store. Any UK registered national charity can put themselves forward to be considered for the scheme.

Wellcome Trust People Awards

The Wellcome Trust supports biomedical research that aims to improve the health of humans and animals. People Awards provides grants of up to £30,000 for innovative and creative projects that engage the public with biomedical science and/or the history of medicine. Due to the scale of the grant, you may want to consider applying for longer term projects that have a high impact and involve collaboration, either with other schools or with universities, scientists or artists. Awards made four times a year.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland:-

For schools based in Scotland the Scottish Council for Development and Industry offers small grants to STEM Clubs.

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