How to Apply for a Grant

If you haven't already registered interest in our awards, you may wish to do so in order to receive award information/notifications directly instead of relying on school generic emails (e.g. admin@...) filtering down to you.


 Primary Award Application Process

(up to £1000 per school, per year)

  1. Check:
    • your project will help pupils in a Hertfordshire state-funded primary school.
    • your application helps teaching/learning in one (or more) of our focus areas - STEM, PE, English, Other Foundation and Effective Learning/Outdoor Education.
    • your school has not already applied for the maximum £1,000 total this academic year (there's a table of grants awarded above the application form).
    • the project has been properly costed (ex VAT) and any relevant links (e.g. supplier and item) included in the form. 
    • Part-Funding:  We prefer to fund an entire project as our Minor Awards aim to make a big difference with a little help.  However,  we will consider slightly larger projects as long as our contribution is 50% or more of the total cost.  If you are applying to us to fund part of a project, you must demonstrate that the additional funds are in place/committed to the project.
  2. Fill in the Primary Award application form at any time during the school year (as long as our half-termly pot has not run out - shown above).
  3. You can apply for the maximum amount in one go or spread your bids throughout the academic year.  
  4. Remember to tell us how/why your specific resources/training etc will enhance pupils' learning and motivation/wellbeing.

That's it. We will get back to you with a decision as soon as we can. 

Grant Application Hints

  1. The "benefit" section should be supported with any evidence that your project will actually achieve particular learning benefits e.g.  similar project results in your school or elsewhere, research,  pupil voice, pegagogic reasoning etc. 
  2. The Primary Award Winners page gives brief details and application excerpts from successful bids 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 course 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.   Specialist textbooks/workbooks that will enhance learning/skills in a particular topic area because of a specific need will have a better chance of funding.

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  a copy for us to put on our website.

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.