Secondary Minor Award Application Form

Secondary Minor Awards Autumn 2021: Remaining Fund = £20,000

 Secondary Minor Awards: OPEN

Minor Awards (up to £1000):

Excellent service with a simple and straightforward application process!

 - Goffs Academy, November 2019

Minor Awards (up to £1000):

  • Hertfordshire state-funded secondary or special schools may submit this form at any time during the academic year whilst there are still funds in the half-termly pot (above).  We aim to respond within 2 weeks.
  • A maximum of 3 minor awards (of up to £1,000 each) may be awarded to each school per academic year -  one award per focus area (STEM, PE, Effective Learning).
  • 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.

Before submitting, please check:
  • You are a Hertfordshire state-funded secondary or special school.
  • Your school has not already been awarded a grant in your focus area this academic year (see table below). 
  • You are applying for a specific project (e.g. activity, resource, training, visiting speaker/workshop, trip etc.) in one of our focus areas (STEM, PE, Effective Learning)
  • You include costings (ex. VAT) and supplier links.   
  • 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.
  • COVID19:  Please ensure your proposed project can go ahead within a reasonable time frame under current restrictions.


Grant Application Hints

  1. In the "benefit" section:
    • tell us how/why your specific resources/training etc will enhance pupils' learning and motivation/wellbeing
    • this should be supported with any evidence that your project will actually achieve these particular benefits e.g.  similar project results in your school or elsewhere, research,  pupil voice, pedagogic reasoning etc. 
  2. The Secondary 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. 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 for 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.


Secondary Minor Awards 2021/22

(√ designates that a school has been awarded a grant in that focus area - click for details)


Secondary School Minor Award Application Form

If your EdufundUK application only covers part of the total cost of the project,  you need to explain where the rest of the funding is coming from.   

Unfortunately, we cannot award a grant if we are not sure the project will go ahead within a reasonable time frame.

In 3a) you give a general description of your project.  You don't have to describe the benefits the project will bring in question 3a) or 3b) - you do that in question 5 (although we read everything in every section so don't worry if you've put something in the wrong place - we'll take it into account).

In 3b) you need to give the specific equipment/services etc that you require, their cost and their supplier.  Please note that all costings in 3b) should be ex. VAT as we do not pay VAT as schools claim this money back. If this is not the case with your school, please let us know on the application.  

e.g. 1 

3a) The award would be used to pay for an outside basketball coach to train our Year 9s in an afterschool club.  The club would run for all the spring term, once a week for about an hour.  It would be geared towards our more advanced players and focus on…

3b) XYZ Coach fees:  8 x £80 = £640 (ex VAT).  Include a link to the coach's/organisation's website/product page and price list or a copy of a written/e-mailed quote etc.


e.g. 2 

3a)  We want to buy two tennis nets and post-sets for our newly re-surfaced tennis courts.

3b) Supplier Details:

2x Vermont Square post sets: 2 x £189.99  =   £379.98 

2x Vermont 3.5mm DT Championship Nets: 2 x £126.99 = £253.98 

Fitting Costs                         = £90.00

Total                                    = £723.96

Please select/complete one or more of the following

Individual/small group...
Key stage(s)...
Year group(s)...
Whole school...    Check for yes
Teacher(s) trained...

  • Write about how the equipment/activity/visit/training etc. will help your pupils and any others you have mentioned in question 4 (e.g. local primary children, community groups etc.).
  • Will it help understanding, motivation, access to or interest in the subject?  If so, say how.
  • You might also explain if the pupils who will benefit have any particular need for the award e.g. to push and inspire the higher abilities who are coasting or help lower ability or disengaged pupils to close the gap etc.
  • e.g. 1  Having an expert in motivation and revision/learning techniques deliver an assembly and workshops to Y11 will invigorate the cohort in the build up to GCSEs and teach them (and possibly staff) some invaluable learning techniques.   In particular, the session on… will…
  • e.g.2  A class set of specialist, algebra-focused textbooks could improve pupil understanding and application as it has many worked examples, common mistakes and an extensive bank of past examination questions and answers.  The increase in attainment will be demonstrable in improved test results.
  • Do have a look at our “Selecting the successful bids” and “Award Winners” pages to give you more guidance and examples.

We do not support SPAM and we would never sell your information to anyone. Any correspondence is strictly confidential. We will only use the above information to contact you about your application.