Last updated: 12 November 2018

Calling all secondary schools: apply for the Polar Explorer grant award

HomeThe Polar Explorer grant award is open to all state-funded secondary schools that wish to improve the transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary using the Polar Explorer programme to underpin this. 

Deadline for applications is 11 January 2019

Secondary schools can apply for an award of £2,500, which aims to focus on the following four areas, the key to the successful transition of pupils in STEM subjects from primary to secondary:

  • science leadership
  • quality of collaboration between science teachers
  • involving pupils in science activities during the transition
  • ensuring continuity and progression in the science curriculum and pedagogy

To apply, secondary schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with their chosen feeder primary schools and complete both a short self-evaluation of their current work, and forward action plan.

Full access to the free Polar Explorer programme educational resources is a key element of the project.

You will find our new resource on transition particularly useful in preparing your application.

Successful applicants will also benefit from a day of CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre, in York on Monday 25 March 2019, exploring further ways in which the Polar Explorer programme, and our wider STEM-related support, can support you and your primary feeder schools.

At the end of the project, schools will complete a brief impact report, highlighting the impact of your work, of value to senior leaders, governors and inspectors.

For access to the guidance and application forms, you will need to register for an account on our website.

Find out more and get involved

If you have any questions please contact

CREST partners up with Connecting Classrooms

New CREST logo 2017Do you want to give your learners a chance to study climate change in a real life global context? Are you interested to see how science is taught in other countries, and how we can learn from each other? Would you like the opportunity to visit a school overseas and share your experience? If so, an international schools partnership could be for you!

The British Council and the British Science Association are working in partnership to enrich science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities in the classroom in the UK and abroad through CREST Awards and Connecting Classrooms.

Connecting Classrooms supports schools and colleges with:

  • Connecting With A School Overseas
  • Developing Global Citizenship And Skills For A Global Economy
  • The Professional Development Of Teachers In The Uk
  • A £1,500 grant to visit your partner school.

More… or contact us at

Grants to Promote Use of Tap Water (UK)

tapwater.orgGrants of between £300 and £3,000 are available to Schools, Colleges and Universities for projects that significantly reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and plastic waste.

The Tap Water Awards aim to support projects that develop new solutions to replace pre-existing systems that rely on plastic and promote the use of tap water. Grants are available to support educational establishments install mains fed drinking water machines and using reusable bottles. The Awards will however not pay for activities or services that schools have a statutory responsibility to provide.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

FSC 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.

Funding 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.

Public Engagement Spark Awards (UK)

STFC logoThe Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council Public Engagement Spark Awards is now open for applications.

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.

Biochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

biochemical society logoThe Biochemical Society outreach grants programme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £1,000 are 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)

The 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.

Ernest 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, in the Spring and the Autumn, to consider applications.

At the meetings, the Trust will concentrate on projects relating to learning from the land. Projects that fall within the categories of arts, literacy and STEM remain welcome, but must demonstrate a clear link to learning from the land in their application.

Applications for the Spring meeting must be received by 31 January 2019. More here.

Grow Wild - Youth and Community Project Funding (UK)

Grow Wild logo

Youth Project Funding Open

Are you 14-25 and want to flex your creative skills? 

Then we’re offering you the chance to apply for £500 to lead a project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.

That’s because at Grow Wild we’re all about UK native wildflowers and fungi. They’re amazing and beautiful, even mind-blowing! Wildflowers support our pollinators, but the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower habitat since the 1940s. We are also only just beginning to find out all the amazing things that Fungi can do. Scientists estimate that 95% of all plants rely on fungi to survive and thrive and they have saved countless human lives. Both wildflowers and fungi play an important part in the complex web of life within our natural world.

Our challenge is to make everyone else as passionate as us… and that’s where you come in!

More information here

Closing date Friday 30 November

Applications open for Grow Wild Community Projects 2019

Grow Wild is awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across the UK to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

We help to improve the environment and people’s wellbeing by encouraging them to be active, take notice of what’s around them, learn new things, and give back to their community.

We will fund all sorts of things from creative events, art work to establishing wild flower areas. If your project and organisation are eligible, in 2019 Grow Wild is looking to fund projects that promote and highlight our aims and objectives within their project delivery. Find out more here 

Applications for funding will close at midday on Monday 10 December 2018.

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 £580,000 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.

The 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.

Royal 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.

Funding 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.

The 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.

The 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.

 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.

Funding 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.

Institute 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.

Awards 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.

 Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK) – Woodland Trust

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. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in MARCH 2019.

More information here

B&Q Waste Donation Scheme

B&Q - HomeB&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all stores.

The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren't used.

Eligible groups include:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Child minders, playgroups and nurseries
  • Allotment associations, community gardening projects
  • Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets
  • Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools
  • Other local community groups

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.

You can try Grants4Schools for free here.