Grants and Funding Opportunities for Schools


British Science Week- Kickstart Grants for Schools

Kick Start grant scheme

Kick Start grants provide funds for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week.

Grant applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

Download the Kick Start Grant Guidelines. Please read carefully before completing the online application.

The British Science Association, with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events. Please download the guidelines and read carefully before applying.

There are four types of grant:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: a grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
  • Kick Start grant: a grant of £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week
  • Kick Start More grant: a grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community. The community can comprise of families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and local press
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: a grant of £450 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19*

*NEW for 2020! You can now apply for both a Kick Start grant and Kick Start Youth grant at the same time. We may offer your school only one of these two grants if you are not successful in your application for both.

To be eligible to apply:

You must be a state funded, non-selective school or college, in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We cannot accept applications from non-school organisations or from private schools.

We will only accept one application per school.

Your school must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent;
  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds;
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location.*

* In a postcode listed as any type of “Rural” area under their government’s Rural Urban classification system. You can look up the Area Type for any UK postcode here. If it begins with ‘Rural’, your school is eligible.

Our priorities

The type of activity you run is up to you and depends on the needs of your audience and the resources at your disposal. We will assess the applications against the following priorities. You do not need to meet all of these but your application should demonstrate clearly which ones your activity will address.

We will prioritise activities that:

  1. involve children supported by pupil premium, from ethnic minorities or with Special Educational Needs;
  2. involve children who wouldn’t normally choose to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities;
  3. are embedded in your local community and involve the wider community as a core audience;
  4. challenge stereotypes about science, and link it to children’s everyday life beyond school;
  5. are cross-curricular and involve teachers, professionals or organisations from outside STEM;
  6. raise awareness of the diverse range of careers studying STEM subjects can lead to;
  7. impact on STEM activities throughout the year e.g. staff CPD or launching a new STEM initiative in your school;

Download the British Science Week Kick Start Grant Guidelines.

All applications must be submitted using the online form before the deadline. We cannot consider applications sent by email.

If you have any questions, please contact us at bsw@britishscienceassociation.org.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.

Please allow plenty of time to complete the form. We cannot consider applications received after this time.

UPDATE: When you click submit at the end of the form your application will be sent to us. Please, only click submit once. There is no confirmation screen at the end of the form but you should receive an email confirming we have received your application. 

For more information or to apply please click HERE


CREST Awards- Grants for Underrepresented Schools

Grants and funding to run CREST

OPEN: Funding to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences 

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. More information

OPEN: British Science Week funding

Applications for British Science Week ‘Kick Start Grants’ 2020 are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is 5pm 11 November 2019. We cannot consider applications received after this date.

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 three 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

Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised by students

More information

Funding from external organisations

If none of the above are suitable for your needs, one of the following grants from other organisations might be suitable: 

Royal Society Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects;

Institute of Physics, School Grants Scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering;

Engineering education grant scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5 – 19. Supported by the IMechE and IET;

Institute of Mathematics: Education Grant Scheme Individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the United Kingdom can apply for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics. Grants can be made up to £600;

Royal Society of Chemistry: Educational Grants Scheme funds small educational projects in schools and colleges enhancing the learning (and teaching) experience in relation to chemistry for students (and teachers);

The Raspberry Pi Education Fund funding to foster and support projects that help advance the education and understanding of computing of children aged between 5 and 18 years of age. 


British Science Week- Community Grant Scheme 

Community Grant Scheme

This grant scheme offers £500-£1000 for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science activity.

Grant applications for British Science Week 2020 are now open!

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 (6-15 March 2020).

The scheme offers £500-£1,000 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.

For additional information, you can read our 2020 Community Grant Guidelines.

The deadline for applications will be 5pm on Monday, 11 November 2019.

On the application form you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • a brief description of your organisation, including the audiences/users you work with (200 words maximum)
  • a general description of the event (300 words maximum);
  • a description of your event objectives, including the audiences your event will target, how you are meeting their needs and how you will ensure their engagement (300 words maximum);
  • a rough budget outline (ideally in bullet points) of costs associated with the event and how the grant money will be used; and
  • details of the bank account into which the grant will be paid at the time of applying for the grant, including the account name, number and sort code.

The most common cause for applications to be rejected is that there was not enough information about the event audiences and how the applicant was planning to ensure their engagement. We prioritise applications for which we are confident that one or more of our target groups will be engaged.

All applications should be made online via the British Science Week grant application form.

Looking for inspiration?

This grant scheme aims to recognise the expertise of community leaders in working with their local audiences, so we are keen to hear what activities you think would work best for engaging your audiences with science – after all, you know your audiences best.

However, if you’re stuck for inspiration, you can read our case studies, where community grant recipients discuss their experiences and the impact of the grant on themselves, their audiences and their organisations.

If you’re looking for activity ideas, check out the community group activity packs created by the British Science Association, designed especially for community groups and families.


The Royal Institution- STEM Grants for schools.  

**Scheme opens for applications from Friday 11th October - 4th November 2019**

Grants of £500 are offered for schools to experience a science, technology, engineering or mathematics activity selected from the STEM Directory.

The Royal Institution’s STEM E&E grants are designed to help integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. Activities enrich or go beyond the curriculum and often use resources that are not readily available to schools. Activities can range from shows and talks to workshops and team-based challenges.

Teachers can apply for a STEM E&E grant of up to £500. They must select their activity from the STEM Directory

The scheme opens for applications on Friday 11th October, and remains open until 4th November 2019.

For more information, click HERE 


Operating Theatre LIVE- A Live surgical experience- Grants and Funding

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020 IS UNDERWAY. TAKE THE NEXT STEP FOR A FUTURE IN MEDICINE WITH OPERATING THEATRE LIVE

The award winning Operating Theatre Live event offers a curriculum linked learning experience based around the dissection of real anatomical specimens in a real operating theatre, for students aged from 14-19 & mature students. Here you book tickets to UK-wide events as well as learn more about exciting careers in medicine & healthcare. If you're a teacher or school staff, Operating Theatre Live offers exclusive events in term time for school bookings -to learn more click here.

The 2019-20 event line up is our most exciting yet. This year’s programme is built by our consortium of Doctors and Teachers lead by nationally acclaimed human anatomist QTS Samuel Piri and Doctor Alice Gwyn-Jones.

OPERATING THEATRE LIVE EXPERIENCE 

Operating Theatre Live are constantly striving to widen participation in medicine. They have secured funding to allocate a sponsored place to every school within a close proximity of every Operating Theatre Live event.

How does it work?

1) Teachers in local schools distribute the below form to students who may wish to apply

2) Students are encouraged to produce an application showcasing why they should be considered for a sponsored place.

3) Teachers submit the applications to the email address on the form

4) Their clinical team will assess the applications and score them based on their quality, successful applicants will be awarded a widening participation funding and thus receive a sponsored place. 

5) Applications for sponsored places must be returned and submitted by a teacher

6) They guarantee at least one free place for every local school

Students aged 14-19 are encouraged to apply.

Operating Theatre Live offer grant funding to schools, to either host a direct event exclusively for their students, and also fund 1 student per school to attend a public Operating Theatre Live, in order to widen participation and offer opportunities to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to attend and inspire as many students as possible to aspire to pursue careers within the medical, healthcare and forensic science careers.

They receive their funding from local businesses sponsorship and our dragons den investment from our appearance last year.  

Please see video clip from the group’s CEO presenting to the Dragon’s Den on BBC

They are keen to bring both concepts to more schools in Scotland and advise schools of the two ways of bringing it to their schools, and hosting public events (public events are free to host for schools and they do receive 10 tickets to cascade to their students that are in receipt of pupil equity fund.  

For more information please CLICK HERE


RSB Outreach & engagement grant scheme NOW OPEN


Up to £15,000 available to support your engineering projects

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme supports UK-based educational projects that are working to increase engineering knowledge among young people aged 5-19.

Jointly funded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), there are two levels of funding available – awards of up to £5,000 for standard applications and a small number of grants up to £15,000.

Any organisation that delivers UK-based educational activities, including schools, youth groups, IET or IMechE members and STEM organisations, can apply.  

To increase your chances of success, your application should demonstrate diverse expertise, a range of skills from a variety of sectors. All projects must involve IET or IMechE members and the IET can put applicants in contact with members upon request.

Applications are currently open and will close on 14 October 2019.

For more information or to apply please click 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 2018-19 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 


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.

  • Tiers of funding

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories:

  • Small grants - up to £2,000 
  • Large grants - between £2,000 and £10,000

This means that we can fund everything from a one-off event, all the way up to large programmes of activity.

Eligibility

The grant scheme is open to all (individuals and organisations). This includes, but is not limited to, members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member-led groups, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries. 

Criteria

All applications will be judged on the following criteria and should clearly demonstrate:

  • that the project has a significant aspect which is related to the chemical sciences
  • that the project has a clearly identified target audience
  • that the intended impact on the audience has been defined
  • that evaluation plans are built into the project

Applications for schools engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • enrich student's chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum 
  • provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
  • demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
  • provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, e.g for hard-to-reach student audiences.

Small grants

  • To apply for a grant up to £2,000 please submit an application through our online application system. Applications are now open and will remain open throughout the year. We run a rolling application process and the next deadline is 12 noon on Monday 13th January 2020.

Full details of all the criteria and detail can be accessed via the RSC website's Outreach Fund page - 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

Deadlines

Application closing dates

1 February Projects taking place in the following summer term
1 June Projects taking place in the following autumn term
1 November Projects taking place in the following spring term

Application tips
All applications are submitted to a panel of external judges, successful applications will normally meet some or all of these criteria:

  • A promotion of a greater interest in/understanding of physics or engineering, links to the below areas of physics and engineering are particularly encouraged:
    • Particle Physics, Astronomy, Space and Nuclear Physics
    • Energy, transport, information & communications, design & production or the built environment
  • Innovation and originality, involving activities likely to interest young people in the physical sciences
    • Cost effectiveness

We will not normally fund projects where our funding will be a small contribution in a larger total. 

Bids for bought in activities or shows will be strengthened if integrated with a wider project

Grants may be used for the following project-related purposes:

    • Materials / resources
    • Transport
    • Marketing and publicity
    • Other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges
    • Supply cover (in certain circumstances)

Complete the application form and submit it by email to schoolgrants@iop.org . 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. 

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

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.


For more information or to apply for the Royal Society Partnerships Grant scheme click HERE 


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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