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
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.
The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities
that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the
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
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.
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
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
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.
For more information on grants from each of the above providers please