How to Apply for a Grant

 Primary Award Application Process

(1 grant of up to £1000 per school, per academic year)

Vital Checks

  • You are a Hertfordshire state-funded primary, secondary or special school.
  • You are improving learning in one or more of our focus areas (STEM, PE, English, Foundation, Outdoor Learning and/or Learning to Learn).
  • You are applying for specific items/activities (e.g. resource, training, visiting speaker/workshop, trip etc.) and these must have individual hyperlinks. There should be a common theme/purpose to all the resources you bid for (e.g. not some for science, others for English etc).
  • You include ex-VAT costings for each item which should add up to the total that you are bidding for.
  • Part-Funding:  We much prefer to entirely fund a project which ties in with our objectives of “making a big difference with a little money”.   If your project total exceeds £1000, we will consider projects where our contribution is at least 50% of the total cost butyou must confirm that the excess funding is already in place and committed to the project and tell us the source (PTA, department budget etc).
  • Outdoor Learning Applications: 
    • We now only fund equipment that will enhance the learning/teaching of National Curriculum subjects for outdoor learning.  These might include:  weatherproof whiteboards,  magnifying glasses, pond-dipping equipment, microscopes, weather stations, observation kits etc.  This does not include outdoor clothing (wellies, overalls etc).
    • We no longer fund the creation or enhancement of an outdoor learning space e.g. seating logs, tarpaulin coverings etc or storage equipment.
    • You need strong arguments of how the resources will enhance learning in specific subjects/topics in the National Curriculum.   
    • Skills (e.g. Forest School activities, teamwork, problem-solving) and wellbeing benefits can strengthen your application but they are not enough on their own


Bids to avoid

In line with our application criteria and achieving maximum learning from our limited budget, there are a number of projects that we do not, or very rarely, approve:

  • Non-specified items/courses/events.  e.g. "to buy science equipment" or "to purchase a range of fiction books".  Successful applications need to be for specific resources to improve teaching and learning effectiveness (inc. motivation) and/or extend the school’s current offering of subjects and activities.   
  • Buy/replace a wide variety of equipment or course textbooks.    As important as these are, we wouldn't be able to keep up with demand.  Specialist textbooks/workbooks that will enhance learning/skills in a particular topic area because of an identified need will have a much better chance of funding.  A small range of equipment targetted at a specific topic or skill (e.g. data gathering/analysis in science, field events in athletics) will be considered.
  • Projects with only a weak link to enhancing learning in subject areas.  We will only fund items/services which directly facilitate/enhance teaching and learning in specific subjects/topics in the National Curriculum   Items which are primarily for play or well-being (e.g. scooters, slides, sensory/calm rooms and equipment) are not funded.
  • Projects with limited longevity.  For example:
    • 1-year subscriptions which will have no effective use/benefits afterwards or no budget to continue in following years.
    • visits or workshops which will not substantially enhance learning after the event. We would need to know about follow-up activities and available resources and any teacher training gained.
    • consumables such as seeds and fertilizers.
  • Transport Costs:  Although we fully appreciate pupils have to get to a venue, we cannot justify granting transport costs in terms of our application criteria.  
  • "Shopping Lists":  Long lists of various items (apart from books/book sets) rarely gain funding as we have to understand and agree the educational benefit of every penny spent and this would require applicants to write a strong educational argument for of each specific item.  It is far better to apply for 1-2 larger items or multiples of the same item (e.g. a class or half-class set of microscopes) and spend time explaining how it/they will enhance learning, teaching and motivation.
  • Payment for staff cover


Application Hints

  • You may fill in the Primary Award application form at any time during the school year (subject to our monthly awards budget - the remaining balance is shown above the application form).
  • Remember to tell us how/why your specific resources/training etc will enhance pupils' learning and motivation/wellbeing to strengthen your application.  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. 
  • Reading over our Selecting the Successful Bids page will give you a good idea of what we are looking for in an application.
  • We advise you to word process your longer answers and paste them into the boxes in case of a submission glitch.  You are very welcome to email any supporting documentation (e.g. a costs spreadsheet) to - just tell us you have done this in the form.

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


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 approximately two terms after awarding your grant if you haven't already filled in the form.  

We do need evidence of the actual use of the charity’s funds.  After we have emailed our feedback form reminder, we will not be able to consider further applications from your school until the form has been completed.