How to Apply for a Grant

Minor Award Application Process (up to £1000)

  1. Check:
    • the award will help pupils in a Hertfordshire state-funded secondary school.
    • your application helps teaching/learning in one (or more) of our focus areas - STEM, PE or Effective Learning
    • your school has not applied in this area already this academic year (there's a table of grants awarded above the application form)
    • you have any required additional funding for your project already in place and tell us about it.
  1. Fill in the Minor Award application form at any time during the school year (as long as our half-termly pot has not run out - shown above the application form)
  2. That's it. We will get back to you with a decision as soon as we can.

The simple application process and the friendly support are incredible.

 - Barnwell School, November 2019


Major Award Application Process 2020/21 (3 x £10,000)

  1. Check:
    • the award will help pupils in a Hertfordshire state-funded secondary school.
    • your application helps teaching/learning in one (or more) of our focus areas - STEM, PE or Effective Learning
    • your school has not applied in this area already this academic year (there's a table of grants awarded above the application form)
    • you have any required additional funding for your project already in place and tell us about it.
  2. Application form: Fill in the Major Award application form  anytime between the opening date and the deadline (given on the application form page).  For 2020/21, this is likely to be between January and Easter 2021
  3. Decision:  There will be 1 major award winner (£10,000) in each of our three focus areas (STEM, PE, Effective Learning).  

 


Grant Application Hints

  1. Major Applications:  These are far more competitive - more detail and strongly reasoned benefits of the project will help your bid.
  2. The Secondary Award Winners page on our website briefly details many of the successful bids so far and we have a short guide on how we select successful bids.
  3. Part-Funded Bids:  Whereas EdufundUK do prefer to fully fund a particular project, we also appreciate that our maximum award does not always cover the total cost of some initiatives.  We appreciate the commitment and dedication shown by schools when they manage to raise funds towards a project themselves and so are usually happy to consider part-funding on a case by case basis.  However, we usually prefer to be the major contributor and we do need to know any excess funding is secured before we process an award. We reserve the right to ask for proof of additional funding before any awards are made.

 NB:  Due to limited funds, we are unlikely to award grants to buy/replace large amounts of core equipment or textbooks.  Successful applications are usually a specific project to improve teaching and learning  effectiveness (inc. motivation) and/or extend the school’s current offering of subjects and activities.

 


Post Award Follow-up

A suitable time after you have used your grant, we would like to find out how well it went.  The results can add to our bank of grant awards to help guide schools apply successfully.  To save you time, this will usually be done using a quick online Feedback Form.   You can fill this in any time after you have had a chance to assess the initial impact of your award - we will usually email a reminder to you a term or so after awarding the grant.  If you have any photographs or a short account of your project/equipment in action, we would really appreciate you emailing gareth@edufunduk.org  a copy for us to put on our website.

For major award winners, we would appreciate a short, informal chat or email about the benefits your idea actually brought to your pupils.  It would also be really useful to talk about any aspects that didn't go so well.  This will help us and you tweak applications in the future so they give the maximum benefit to pupils.  We would also appreciate some “Pupil Voice” feedback e.g. how the grant has helped them and any photographs of the project/equipment etc.

As we do need evidence of the actual use of the charity’s funds, we will not be able to consider further applications unless the feedback form has been completed within a reasonable time frame after our request.