Grants and Funding

Below is a selection of grant schemes and funding that is available for you to assist you with the cost of booking our services.
To ensure your project fits with the grant schemes’ aims, it is recommended that you always read the criteria and guidance for applicants carefully. 

Remember, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us


Awards for All

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £300 to £10,000

Set up to help small groups, the main aim of the programme is to fund projects which involve people in their community; bringing them together to enjoy arts, sports, heritage and other community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. Priority is given to projects targeting lower income groups.

More information and how to apply >

Heritage Lottery – Young Roots

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £10,000 to £50,000

Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people aged 11 to 25 with their heritage, which could relate to scientific / engineering developments in the past. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities.

More information and how to apply >

IOP Public Engagement Grants

Deadline: Round 1 open until 14 January 2016, round 2 opens September 2016
Amount: Up to £2,000

The grants aim to support physics based outreach activities in the UK and Ireland. Activities should provide engaging experiences of physics to public audiences – grants will not be awarded to projects aimed at solely delivering the curriculum to school pupils.

More information and how to apply >

Heritage Lottery – Our Heritage

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £10,000 to £100,000

The Our Heritage programme offers grants for projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK (except the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). They welcome applications that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way.

More information and how to apply >

IOP School Grant

Deadline: 1 February 2016, 1 June 2016, 1 November 2016
Amount: Up to £600

The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19. Applications from home school groups will also be considered. Applications must be submitted by the educational institution and not by any partners involved with the project. Projects linked to astronomy, space, nuclear physics, and particle physics are particularly encouraged.

More information and how to apply >

Biochemical Society Outreach Grant

Deadline: Opens early 2016 (likely deadline April 2016)
Amount: Up to £1,000

Support for scientific outreach events that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Applications are invited for sums up to £1,000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover).

The Biochemical Society must be acknowledged at the event and in the resources produced. Copies of all materials generated should be submitted to the Society to disseminate to others where appropriate. A short report of the activity and list of attendees is a condition of the grant.

The society also offer grants to cover Diversity in Science and Event Sponsorship

More information and how to apply >

RAEng Ingenious Grant

Deadline: Opens summer 2016
Amount: £3,000 to £30,000

Ingenious awards are available for projects that aim to achieve the following:

  • Provide engineers with practical experience of public engagement activities.
  • Include creative activities that enable the engineers to engage target audiences.

All projects must involve engineers in the development or delivery of projects, so they have the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and experience in public engagement.

More information and how to apply >

Ethnic Minorities Environment Award

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: Up to £500

This small scheme is aimed at schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects which concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities. They also offer an advice and referral service for projects which can access funds from larger existing grants schemes.

More information and how to apply >

Waitrose Community Matters

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: Share of £1,000 between 3 causes

Each trading month, Waitrose branches have £1,000 to divide between three local organisations; such as welfare organisations, community groups, schools or local divisions of national charities. Under the scheme, customers nominate organisations, with the final decision made by PartnerVoice forums (Waitrose’s local democratic bodies). Each branch will have a Community Matters Champion, who will find out about potential beneficiaries.

More information and how to apply >

BBC Children in Need

Deadline: Funding rounds throughout the year
Amount: Up to £10,000 (small grants) £10,000+ (main grants)

BBC Children in Need provides grants for up to three years to properly constituted not for profit organisations working with disadvantaged young people aged 18 or under. Funding is available to organisations (including schools) that work with young people who are suffering from illness, distress, abuse or neglect, are disabled, have behavioural or psychological difficulties and / or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

More information and how to apply >

D M Thomas Foundation Central Grants

Deadline: 9 February 2016, 10 May 2016, 26 July 2016, 11 October 2016
Amount: Up to £30,000 per year

Organisations that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation. Organisations such as charities and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that meet one of the Foundation’s chosen areas of focus. These are: disabled children, children in hospital, homelessness, life-limited children in hospices

More information and how to apply >

British Pharmacological Society Grants

Deadline: Opens shortly
Amount: £1,500

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. These grants are available to both BPS members and non-members, including schools and teachers, and the project should usually take place within six months of the application deadline.

More information and how to apply >

Education Endowment Fund

Deadline: 1 April 2016
Amount: Typically range from £90,000 to £1,800,000

Fund to support projects that address educational disadvantage within English primary and secondary schools. Schools and teachers as well as local authorities and charities can apply for funding to support projects that improve the performance of poor pupils in the country’s most challenging schools. To be eligible, projects must mainly focus on children entitled to free school meals. Ideally, projects would cover more than one school.

More information and how to apply >

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £6,000 to £1,250,000

Priorities for the Children and Young People strand are:

  • Social and emotional development of disadvantaged children and young people.
  • The rights of vulnerable children and young people.
  • Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour.
  • Civic and political participation for young people under-represented in decision-making.

The fund aims to see:

  • Previously unmet needs are identified and supported. This could include supporting those children and young people not yet identified in policy or services, such as gang-affected-girls.
  • A lasting impact beyond the life span of the programme.
  • Campaign work that advances the rights of the powerless and changes policy, including at a local level.
  • More young people taking up leadership roles and becoming involved in civic engagement.

More information and how to apply >

STFC – Large Awards Scheme

Deadline: Early 2016
Amount: £10,000 to £100,000

The Large Awards Scheme provides funds for projects which are expected to have a significant regional or national impact. They offer awards from £10,000 up to £100,000. Almost anyone can apply but project teams must have strong links with STFC’s scientific research community. They also encourage partnerships that may positively impact on the success of the project e.g. universities with science centres.

More information and how to apply >

RSC Outreach Fund

Deadline: 29 January 2016 (April 2016, July 2016)
Amount: Small grants: up to £2,000, Medium grants: between £2,000 and £10,000, Large grants: between £10,000 and £50,000

The RSC 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 they can support members, and other advocates, to engage with different audiences, and provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences.

More information and how to apply >

STFC – Small Awards Scheme

Deadline: Round A early 2016
Amount: £500 to £10,000

The Science and Society program Small Awards Scheme provides funds for small, local or pilot projects promoting STFC science and technology. Anyone can apply, including the research community, schools, museums, etc. Expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel and subsistence. Projects must be relevant to publicising or teaching the STFC-funded science areas: particle physics, nuclear physics, space, ionospheric, solar and planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, amongst others.

More information and how to apply >

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: Opens January 2016 (deadline March 2016)
Amount: Up to £2,000

The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to engage the public with exciting and important aspects of ecology. Projects can be part of a larger scheme, like National Science and Engineering Week, or they can be an individual initiative. The objectives of the grant are to support the development of projects that raise public awareness of and engagement with ecology, stimulate discussion about ecological science and its implications for society, inspire and enthuse people about ecology, especially those not previously interested in ecology and to develop the communications skills of individuals involved.

More information and how to apply >

Welcome Trust People Awards

Deadline: 19 February 2016 (May 2016, August 2016, November 2016)
Amount: Up to £40,000 for a maximum of three years

These awards provide funding for activities that: communicate bio-medical science to the public; improve understanding of the powers and limitations of science; stimulate thought and debate about the wider social impact. The scheme will span historical, social, ethical, cultural and contemporary issues linked to biomedical science. Collaborative or interdisciplinary approaches, as well as novel and imaginative projects experimenting with new ways of engaging the public, are particularly welcome.

More information and how to apply >

Millennium Awards (UnLtd)

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £500 to £500,000

UnLtd’s Millennium Awards provide support to people who have both the ideas and commitment to develop projects which will benefit their community. UnLtd Millennium Awards are funded by the income from a legacy of £100 million granted by the Millennium Commission. This legacy has to be carefully invested so that the income can be obtained for awards for the future – this is what is called a permanent endowment. UnLtd currently offers several levels of award.

More information and how to apply >

Wakeham Trust

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £125 to £2,500

Grants to help people rebuild their communities, with particular interest in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though they never support individuals. They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups. Wakeham Trust try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

More information and how to apply >

Holmes-Hines Memorial Fund

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: £55 to £1,500 (average £500)

Small awards are available to help individuals or organisations with activities related to science and engineering for which public funds are not available. Applications can be in any area of science and engineering. This grant funds annual prizes, scholarships, exhibitions or research grants, the incidental expenses of visiting scientists, the purchase of scientific apparatus and equipment, and school science weeks.

More information and how to apply >

Royal Institution Enrichment Grants

Deadline: 7 February 2016
Amount: £500

STEM Directories are a free resource for teachers to search for external providers to help supplement their classroom activities. The Directories are managed by the Royal Institution. The Ri and the Causeway Foundation are offering UK schools grants of up to £500 to host a show, talk, workshop, debate, challenge, or other STEM activity to supplement their students’ classroom activities.

Grants of up to £500 are being offered to eligible state-funded schools, academies and FE colleges in the UK to take part in an Enrichment and Enhancement STEM activity from the STEM Directories.

More information and how to apply >

The British Society for the History of Science – Special Projects Grants

Deadline: 31 March 2016 and 30 September 2016
Amount: £50 to £1,500

The Special Project Fund provides support for society members who have ideas for projects which will foster the understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine, in all their branches, in the academic and the wider communities. At present, the Society would be particularly interested in projects which would involve the wider community, but the remit of this grant scheme is purposefully broad to encourage diverse ideas.

More information and how to apply >

Santander Foundation

Deadline: Continuous
Amount: Up to £5,000

Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for small local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area.

The Central Fund offers grants for organisations with charitable status for projects within the UK. Grants must meet one or both of our charitable priorities – Education and Training, or Financial Capability – and must directly help disadvantaged people. This could be any activity disadvantaged people undertake where they improve their confidence in a skill or their understanding of a subject. This does not have to be formal training or lead to a qualification, although those activities would be eligible too.

More information and how to apply >

Physiological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: Monthly deadlines throughout year
Amount: £1,000

Outreach Grants provide up to £1,000 per calendar year for Ordinary Members, Affiliates and Associate Members of The Society to run an outreach or public engagement activity. This could be a schools visit, a Meet the Scientists event at a science museum or an event at a science festival. It could be a stand-alone activity, or organised as part of a wider event such as Brain Awareness Week. Grants provide funding for speakers’ and demonstrators’ travel; and accommodation and resources such as printed leaflets or demonstration kits.

More information and how to apply >

RSC Educational Grants Scheme

Deadline: 15 February 2016, 15 May 2016, 15 August 2016, 15 November 2016
Amount: Enhanced Equipment: £100 to £500, Chemistry Clubs: Up to £1,000, Partnership of 3: Up to £1,000, UG ChemSoc: Up to £250

Supports projects with the objective of enhancing the learning (and teaching) experience in relation to chemistry for students (and teachers). The fund has offered support in two main areas: Enhanced Equipment and Chemistry Clubs. They will continue to encourage applications for both of these funding streams and are adding two more funding areas to the portfolio: One is in relation to encouraging projects that bring together schools/ colleges and their local universities (Partnership of 3) and the other is to support appropriate activities in undergraduate Chemistry Societies (UG ChemSoc).

Enhanced Equipment: for equipment that cannot be purchased through a school’s mainstream teaching budget and which would enrich the learning experience of students.

Chemistry Clubs: targeted at activities run at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable which may be focused on generating interest in chemistry.

Partnership of 3: available to schools, colleges or universities to support activities that bring together at least three different partners to benefit in the delivery or attendance at a chemistry centred outreach activity.

More information and how to apply >

A specialist chemical consultancy company in Newcastle has launched a new £10,000 Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to inspire children about science.

The Community Foundation is encouraging applications from schools, community groups and charities who support young people to engage in science, environment and technology through initiatives that help inspire children to learn about science. The Fund will look to fund capital items, and workshops, guest lecturers, and group field trips and visits. Projects must be able to demonstrate an ability to inspire children about science.