How to Apply for a Grant

Minor Award Application Process (up to £1000)

  1. Fill in the Minor Award application form at any time during the school year.
  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. 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
  2. Application limit:  Schools may make one Major Award application in each of our focus areas.
  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

Ensure your project:
  1. will help pupils in a Hertfordshire state-funded secondary school.
  2. falls into one (or more) of our three focus areas: STEM, PE or Learning Effectively
  3. Minor Applications:  Projects should be costed and any relevant links (e.g. supplier) supplied.  The "benefit" section should briefly explain how the project will achieve particular learning objectives. 
  4. Major Applications:  These are far more competitive - more detail and strongly reasoned benefits of the project will help your bid.
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.
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 tied into a specific project to improve learning  effectiveness (inc. motivation) and/or extend the school’s current offering of subjects and activities.



Here are a couple of FAQs:

How will the Major Award, Highly Commended grants work?

In the first round, all Major Award applications will be judged on the stated criteria and a maximum of 10 applications will go through to the short list.

Shortlisted applications will again be judged on the stated criteria after schools have been given an opportunity to strengthen their bid on the Major Award Application Form Extension.   There will be an extra question on this extension form asking how you would spend the £5000 Highly Commended Award if you do not win the Major Award (£10,000) itself. 

How do I answer the new Major Award “Highly Commended” question?

Although schools obviously want to win the Major Award itself, they can increase their chances of a prize by planning for a partial fulfilment of their project.  The HC Award would still need to be spent on your bid’s objectives but, with only half the money, there would have to be some changes. For example:

  • You could select the most important/effective equipment or training etc. from your bid.
  • You may have another way to achieve the most important of your project’s objectives with £5,000 instead of £10,000.
  • You may have access to other funds to complete the whole project. (We would have to be convinced that the project would go ahead in good time.)

The question will be split into two parts:

a)     What aspects of your bid would you spend a £5,000 Highly Commended Award on?

  • As always, this will need itemized spending and supplier links.  (It’s fine if this is just a reference to a reduced list from the original form.)

b)     Why is this the best use of the £5,000 Highly Commended prize?

  • A chance to show how important the (possibly reduced) objectives are and how well your Highly Commended Award spending will achieve them.

If you plan your project/application carefully, hopefully this new question will not involve too much extra writing.  You are free to opt for a totally different method of achieving some/all of your bid’s objectives, but this will involve more research and justification.

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 in the term following the award.  If you have any photographs or a short account of your project/equipment in action, we would really appreciate you emailing  a copy 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.

We usually send feedback requests/reminders in the term after the award has been granted to give schools a chance to assess its impact but you can complete the feedback form before then if you wish.