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Nesta: EdTech Innovation Fund (England)

A new £4.6 million fund has been launched by Innovation Foundation Nesta and the Department for Education to help support the more effective use of technology in UK schools and colleges.  The EdTech Innovation Fund is available to a range of organisations, including: Social enterprises; Charities; Business.  The aim is to develop their products and build the evidence base for what works across four challenge areas: Formative assessment; Essay marking; Parental engagement; Timetabling.  Grants of up to £100,000 are available for up to 20 projects.  Nesta and the Department for Education are particularly interest is supporting the development of digital tools that aim to improve teaching and learning through decreasing teacher workload and improving student outcomes.

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2019, 9.00 am

Nesta also hosting three webinars for potential grantees to ask questions about the fund:  Sign up to a webinar

EdTech Innovation Fund selection criteria

EdTech Innovation Fund frequently asked questions

BlueSpark Foundation grants

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

Schools can apply to The Ernest Cook Trust for grants of up to £12,000 for projects which encourage young people’s interest in the Arts, Crafts and Architecture, Literacy and STEM subjects. Find out how to apply here:

British Council: International School Exchanges (England)

Travel grants are now available to enable groups of secondary school pupils to visit a partner school in any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights.  Visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills.  Priority is given to applications that feature young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as visitors or hosts.  Offered through a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council, it is anticipated that the visits will offer up to 20 students at a time per school a truly intercultural experience. Visits must be started by 31 May 2020.

Priority will be given to applications that show the school, or the group of students being visited, have significant levels of disadvantage (eg, Pupil Premium, Opportunity Area, Index of Multiple Deprivation, Additional Needs etc) and those who will gain the most from this experience.

The trip must be centred around a visit to a partner school with the two peer groups of young people engaging on a theme and learning together. Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible.

Grants of up to £11,000 for the EU and wider Europe and up to £16,500 for the rest of the world can cover international travel for pupils and accompanying teachers, accommodation and subsistence, local transport and administration costs of up to £500.  Grants can cover up to 100% of the total costs of the visit and it is anticipated that the average visit will comprise up to 20 pupils and 2 to 3 teachers.

Funding is available for three different elements:-

  • A short teacher pre-visit (to conduct risk assessment and plan the school exchange):  Up to 100% of the total cost. Max grant: £500 (EU and wider Europe); £1000 (Rest of the world)
  • School exchange:  Up to 100% of the total cost (families of pupil premium children should not be asked to contribute).  On the basis of 20 pupils and 2 to 3 teachers, minimum 4 nights away.  Max grant: £10,000 (EU and wider Europe); £15,000 (Rest of the world).  Applications may be considered for higher numbers than this depending on particular circumstances (for example if a higher staffing to pupil ratio is required due to the needs of the pupils).  Please provide details in your application.
  • Administration and management:  Up to 100% of the total cost.  Max grant: £500

The grant can be used to cover the following costs:

  • travel for pupils and accompanying teachers
  • accommodation and subsistence for pupils and accompanying teachers
  • local transport
  • administration costs.

Apply at any time before: 14 February 2020

Application Guidelines      Application Form      

British Council School Exchange Grants 2019 FAQ


Wooden Spoon Society: Capital Grants (UK)

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme.  Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects help mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.

Through the programme funding is available for: Buildings & extensions; Equipment & activity aids; Sensory rooms & gardens; Playgrounds & sports areas; Soft playrooms.

Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £24 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles.  Projects funded in the past have included: Ashmount School in Leicestershire received £13,500 towards a sensory room; Enfield Heights Academy in London received £23,000 to improve its play areas; and the Colehill & Wimborne Youth & Community Centre received £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society requires a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation.  Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group.

Application Form


Foyle Foundation: Schools Library Programme (UK)

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.  Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books.  Secondary schools are eligible, but primary schools are a higher priority.  The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks.

Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.  Applications can be made for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.  Applications will be strengthened if the PTA/Friends group can support the project.

Past projects funded by the Foundation include: Milton School, Mexborough which received £20,000 towards improving and extending the learning facilities; and Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School, Nottingham received £10,000 towards a literacy project across a partnership of 13 primary schools in Nottingham to engage reluctant boy readers in year 3.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions      Grants made in 2017

Foyle School Library Scheme application form


BBC Children in Need: Main Grants (UK)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.  Applications should demonstrate how your project will change the lives of children for the better.  Grants of over £10,000 are available with no upper limit stated, however BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £120,000.  Organisations eligible to apply will be not for profit, ie schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community groups, etc.   In the case of schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.

Examples of projects funded include: Castle Wood School, Coventry: £89,779 to provide a fortnightly Saturday Club for disabled children and young people with a diverse range of activities to help develop life skills, provide social opportunities and improve confidence and self-esteem through making new friends; Rowan Gate Primary School, Northamptonshire: £24,715 to provide weekly film making sessions for disabled children to develop communication and media skills and increase independence; and St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, Allerdale: £61,480 for a project to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

The Fund is open to applications all year round.  Next deadline: 13 September 2019, 11:59 pm

Frequently Asked Questions      Application Guidance

Youth Music (England)

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector.  The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds, including:-

  • Fund A: small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects;
  • Fund B: medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years).

Schools must justify how activities do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The closing dates for Fund A: 2 August 2019, 5.00 pm

Closing date for Fund B: 8 November 2019, 5.00 pm

Application Guidance for Fund A and B

Learning Through Landscapes: Nature Grants for Schools (England, Scotland & Wales)

Infant, Primary and Secondary schools  in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training as part of the third instalment of Local School Nature Grants.  Schools can choose from over 100 different products to deliver outdoor learning and play.  These include:-

  • Den Building Kits
  • Small Spaces Planters
  • Insect Study Centres
  • Litter Picking Kits
  • Investigating Weather Kits

The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grant scheme.  The charity has been helping schools across Great Britain since 2017.  Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants have so far provided £900,000 worth of equipment to 800 schools.  This year it will reach a further 500 schools.   This year, the scheme is also open to non-mainstream schools; including pupil referral units.

The programme is only open to schools.  Nurseries, Playgroups, Pre-Schools and gardening groups are not eligible. Reception settings attached to a school (ie on the same physical site) are eligible to apply in partnership with a school, but the school must lead the application.

There will be four funding rounds throughout the year.  Next closing date: 30 August 2019

Interested schools can also email for further information.

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