Grants / Bursaries / Awards

Last updated 4 March 2018

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Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionNational Marine Aquarium – Grants Programme (UK)

NMA logoNational Marine Aquarium Grants Programme. awards grants for projects that seek to drive marine conservation through engagement. These projects may be science-based but could equally be based around arts or drama – indeed, the more innovative the better, as long as they make a contribution to raising awareness of the marine environment. Applications can be submitted by individuals, community groups, schools, or other conservation charities.

Closing date 1 May 2018. More here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFSC Kids Fund

FSC logoThe Kids Fund is part of the Field Studies Council (FSC). FSC is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.

The Kids Fund is funded by donations from individuals, Trust Funds and from FSC Membership subscription. FSC staff also organise fundraising events.

The Kids Fund aims to:

  • Bring environmental understanding to disadvantaged young people by attending a course at an FSC learning location.
  • Help disadvantaged young people to attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial.

More information here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionPublic Engagement Spark Awards (UK)

STFC logoThe Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council has announced that its Public Engagement Spark Awards will re-open for applications on 28 February 2018.

Schools as well as, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups can apply for awards of up to £15,000 to encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s science and technology. Every application must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area of science or technology. While these researchers often play an active role in delivering the engagement activities, they may act as an advisor on the scientific content.

More here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionBiochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

biochemical society logoThe Biochemical Society has announced that its outreach grants programme will re-open for applications on 8 January 2018. Grants of up to £1,000 will be 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.

RSC Chemistry Grant for Schools

RSC logoThe Royal Society of Chemistry is offering grants of up to £75 for schools to carry any of their Global Experiments.

Or, you could use the money for another chemistry activity. Why not try one of the 1000s of experiments on Learn Chemistry?

The RSC Regional Coordinator for Wales is Dr Dayna Mason; please contact her at for more information.

IoP School Grant Scheme (Physics/Engineering)

IoP logoThe IoP small grants scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19.

Run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC and CCLRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionErnest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK)

ECT logoSchools wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside – and literacy, numeracy and science – can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes:

  • The small grants programme (under £4,000) – deals mainly with requests for support from state schools and small charitable organisations and trustees meet every two months to consider applications
  • The large grants programme (grants between £4,000 and £12,000) – the Trustees meet twice a year, to consider applications.

At the Autumn meeting, projects covering environment and countryside, and literacy and STEM subjects are considered. Applications for the Autumn meeting must be received by 31 July 2018. More here.

The Naturesave Trust grants

Naturesave Trust logo.pngThe Naturesave Trust was set up in 1995 to promote sustainable development. To date, the trust has funded projects worth over £580,00, throughout the UK.

You can apply for funding online here or by downloading an application form here and returning it by post, together with any further information you think might be useful, to: Bee West, Trust Administrator, The Naturesave Trust, South Devon House, Babbage Road, Totnes.

Primary school competitionThe 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 2017-18 school year only, SGS grants will be available in Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.

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:

Details of our simple application process are here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionRoyal Society Partnership Grants: Up to £3000 available!

RSC logoThe Royal Society have opened their Partnership Grant scheme to support schools in enabling students aged 5-18 the chance to get involved in STEM projects. There are grants of up to £3,000 available to schools.

Since its inception in November 2000, over £1.3 million has been awarded to over 800 schools and colleges promoting engagement within STEM subjects for thousands of young people across the UK.

The scheme enables schools to run STEM research projects in partnership with a professional engaged in STEM industry or research, and give them the funds to buy the necessary equipment needed.

There are two application rounds per year, one in spring and one in autumn. More details about eligibility criteria and how to apply via our online application system here.

Secondary school competitionBritish Ecological Society outreach grants

British Ecological SocietyThis grant scheme will reopen in January 2017. Individuals and organisations including schools can apply for grants to promote ecological science to a wide audience (projects need to have significant outreach beyond schools). Closing date 9 April.

The maximum award is £2,000. Read more…

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding to help experience the Arts

As part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme, the Arts Council of Wales has launched a new funding stream to allow schools to apply for small one-off grants of up to £1,000 to fund visits to arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues. More information here.

Secondary school competitionThe Centre For Alternative Technology (CAT) Bursaries

CAT Bursaries are available for KS3, KS4 and 5 school & college STEM groups in North Wales.

Contact Gabrielle Ashton, Education Dept: / 01654 705983.

Secondary school competitionSociety for Microbiology – Science Education and Outreach Grants (UK)

Society for Microbiology logoThe Society for Microbiology provides grants to support the teaching of microbiology. Schools that are members of the Society can apply for grants up to £1,000 for a wide variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology. These can include:

  • Running a school- or college-based science week activity (e.g. Hands-on or programme of talks)
  • Supporting microbiology activities in an out-of-school science club
  • Buying materials and equipment outside of normal department resources to support a microbiology activity (no more than £500 can be used toward large equipment such as microscopes and incubators)
  • A class visit to a microbiology laboratory to carry out activities
  • Organising a visit to or from a working microbiologist.

The deadline for applications is 1 April 2018. More here.l

Secondary school competitionWolfson Foundation’ Secondary Education Programme (UK)

Wolfson Foundation logoThe next deadline for application to the Wolfson Foundation’s Secondary Education Programme is 10 June 2018. Through its Secondary Education Programme, high-achieving state-funded schools and sixth form colleges can apply to the Foundation for funding for capital or equipment projects relating to the teaching of science and technology; Grants do not normally exceed £50,000 for schools or £100,000 for sixth form colleges.

Schools that have received funding through the Foundation include Cheadle Hulme High School, Cheshire (grant of £46,000 for A Level science equipment) and the Alun School, Mold, Flintshire (grant of £50,000 for the refurbishment of a chemistry laboratory)

More here.

Secondary school competitionThe 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.

Secondary school competitionThe Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institute of Physics (IoP)

The scheme provides schools and colleges with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. There are three deadlines per year for the School Grant Scheme. More information here.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competition BMCS grants for chemistry clubs

Can be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school for sums up to £1,000. Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance activities would be welcome as would those from colleagues interested in starting a club.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionFunding 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.

Secondary school competitionThe Naturesave Trust (UK)

Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company provides funding to support environmental and conservationist projects. The Naturesave Trust provides financial assistance to projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist issue. Applications can be made at any time.

Secondary school competitionInstitute 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionAwards 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.

Primary school competitionSecondary school competitionGrants4Schools

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.

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