Secondary Minor Award Application Form

Secondary Minor Awards Summer Term 2022: Remaining Fund = £7,816

 Secondary Minor Awards: OPEN

Deadline for Minor Applications:  13th July 2022 (8 a.m.)

One of the best funding application processes I have encountered!

 - Goffs Academy, January 2021

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 if 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)

Haileybury Turnford       The Reach Free       
Presdales         Katherine Warrington      
Roundwood Park         Longdean      
Herts and Essex       Watford Girls Grammar      
Onlslow St. Audrey       Richard Hale    
Parmiter's       Chancellor's      
Monks Walk       St. Mary's (B.S.)      
Highfield       Rickmansworth    
Westfield Academy     Hockerill    
John Warner        Bushey Meads    

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 question 3 you need to list the specific equipment/services etc that you require, their ex-VAT cost and a link to the item/service.   Please note that all costings should be ex. VAT as we do not pay VAT as schools claim this money back. 

After listing the items/services,  please give a description of your project.   You don't have to describe the benefits the project will bring in question 3 as you do that in question 5.   (However, 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).

e.g. 1 


CleverClogs Learning Lab  (

  1. Stress and Wellbeing presentation and workshop:  £650  (
  2. Memory and Learning Skills presentation and workshop:  £650 (

Total = £1300 (ex-VAT)

The extra £300 has been raised and committed to the project from PTA funds should this bid for £1,000 be successful.


Description of Project

We want to run two full days of effective learning for upper KS2.   The first day will cover well-being and stress management and the second day will cover memory and learning skills and transition to secondary preparation.   This includes a presentation and workshops and teacher training after school on both days.  The above links show the content and activities of each course.


e.g. 2 


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 (ex-VAT)

Description of Project

We want to buy two tennis nets and post-sets for our newly re-surfaced multi-sports area.  The equipment fits a full-sized court.

Preferred Project Total

As stated above, we much prefer to entirely fund a project or, at least contribute 50% or more of the total cost.  This ties in with our objectives of “making a big difference with a little money”.

What to do if your project total exceeds £2000

Can you perhaps split this project into stages and just apply for the first stage or leave out some items to purchase a little later from another source?  If you are applying for a trip, perhaps you can apply to us for one particular class or year group to attend etc.  If you can split the project, just amend your application and the total cost and resubmit.

If you really can’t split the project and there is nothing else you need to apply for, feel free to email to explain the situation.

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.




By submitting this form, you do so on the understanding that if any of the above is missing, you will be asked to resubmit the application form again and you are also committing to the completion of all feedback forms when requested to do so.

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