Aug 202018

Just weeks after unveiling the outcome of a £2M fundraising campaign, in the form of a new exhibition and science learning suite, Dundee Science Centre has secured £1.45M to transform the visitor attraction into an even more accessible community hub.

The Inspiring Science Fund is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome. The scheme supports science centres to rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. Dundee Science Centre is currently fundraising for an additional £340K to reach its ambitious targets.

The news comes hot on the heels of the re-opening of the top floor following an ambitious redevelopment which doubled the upper floor space through a mezzanine extension, now housing the Medical Marvels exhibition and much improved facilities for the Science Learning Institute.

This latest tranche of funding will transform Dundee Science Centre into an inspiring community hub and lifelong learning resource which brings people together and attracts new audiences within the region. The spaces and programmes will be co-designed with communities from the design stage right through to prototyping and testing, and influenced by their needs to ensure it will feel welcoming, safe and accessible for people of all backgrounds.

Rebecca Erskine, Head of Development, Dundee Science Centre said, “We are incredibly excited to build on our existing relationships with our dynamic partners and community groups and invite in new audiences who may feel as though science isn’t for them to join us on a journey to truly shape and co-design exhibits, environments and programmes which are all influenced by their needs.”

Not only will the ground floor be developed into a custom-built hub with improved scope for events, talks and workshops celebrating community work, but made more user-friendly to those affected by sensory and other conditions.

The transformation will also see the creation of a brand new welcome / reception area, dedicated under 7’s exhibition area focused on child development, a sensory zone and new exhibition space with exhibits which encourage social interactions.

The coffee shop will also be replaced by ‘The Gathering Place’ where visitors can socialise and relax with intriguing injections of science, again all shaped by the community.

Linda Leuchars, CEO, Dundee Science Centre said, “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this new funding which will allow us to take all the work we’ve done over the last 18 years to the next level.  We are already proud to be leaders in the field of community engagement but now it’s about exploring where we can take that, and really pushing the barriers of science engagement.”

Echoing the sentiment of inclusion is Paul Clancy, Executive Director of Children and Families Service from Dundee City Council, one of Dundee Science Centre’s partners – “Dundee Science Centre’s ambitious plans will play an important role our aims to tackle social inequalities and provide our children and young people with the best start to life. CONNECT will be an excellent opportunity for Dundee Science Centre and Dundee City Council to explore new and greater ways of working together and to learn from each other’s practice. CONNECT will firmly place Dundee Science Centre and science within the tourism, education and cultural fabric of the city and we are excited to be involved in this journey.”

In addition to the physical transformation, a new website will also be developed, again underpinned by the themes of CONNECT – inclusion, accessibility and diversity.  The Science Centre team will also be trained  by specialist organisations to ensure that the products and programmes on offer are fit for purpose, accessible and address local needs.

It is hoped that talks with local community groups will commence during Dundee Science Festival in October 2018.  The new look Centre should be unveiled in Spring 2021.

The project partners bring expertise from a range of sectors from community learning and development, academia, formal education and health care. They are – Dundee City Council, Education Scotland, Dundee and Angus ADHD Support group, V&A Dundee, University of Dundee, Abertay University, University of St Andrews, Dundee and Angus College and NHS Tayside.

For more information, telephone (01382) 228800 or visit

Aug 142018

Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has received funding of £2.9 million that will revolutionise the visitor attraction. As well as improvements to existing facilities and exhibition spaces and the development of its community based learning programme, the funding will transform the exterior of the centre by the Clyde at its Pacific Quay location.

Awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Wellcome Trust – it is the biggest single investment in GSC since it opened in 2001.

The money will fund GSC’s Connect project that will deliver a range of new interactions and experiences to make GSC more attractive and accessible to a wider and more diverse audience and aims to cement GSC in the fabric of Glasgow as a community hub.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive at Glasgow Science Centre said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been successful in our application to the Inspiring Science Fund. Connect aims to empower the people of Glasgow to make positive changes in their lives and communities through learning and engagement with science.

It will build upon and expand our successful community engagement programmes to better serve the diverse communities across the city and will permeate throughout all of our activities to make us more relevant to Glasgow citizens – helping to raise attainment and develop skills for all.”

Elements of Connect:

·         Targeted community learning and development programme– GSC will enhance its needs-led engagement programme, serving the diverse communities Glasgow is home to. This will allow the GSC team to work alongside community groups to identify needs and develop relevant STEM engagement programmes. A new dedicated Community Learning Hub will also be built in the centre to allow groups to meet and take part in activities.

·         Enhanced exhibition spaces– “Explore!”, a new exhibition gallery, housed in the main atrium space and Ground Floor of GSC will be created. This will build the anticipation and excitement of visitors from the moment they arrive at GSC.

·         Improved facilities- in growing a more diverse audience, GSC identified that visitor facilities required to be updated to ensure individual needs are met. A key improvement will be the introduction of a Changing Places toilet that will give visitors access to extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

·         Programme of Inclusive Cultural Science Events- building on the successes of the Planetarium events programme and adult only Science Lates, GSC will create an ongoing events programme that are attractive to a broad audience.

·         Transformation of Pacific Quay– the creation of a new outdoor learning space filled with exciting hands on exhibits, seating and sculptures along the Clydeside. The aim is to bring the fun of GSC outdoors and build a free to access, unique and welcoming outdoor space for play, discovery and social interaction.  This space will also act as a venue for cultural science events.

The enhancements to the visitor attraction will be underpinned by organisational change that will create policies and practices that embed inclusion, diversity and equity within GSC. Connect will embed the practice of Community Learning and Development into the heart of GSC to create and nurture diverse and aware staff.


Over the next few months, the team at GSC will work with stakeholders to source the match funding required as part of the Inspiring Science Fund and plan the implementation phase of Connect. Visitors will start to see changes from spring 2019 with the addition of the Changing Places Toilet.

Dundee Science Centre also received £1.45 million to transform their centre into a local community hub. This is addition to the £2 million that has just been spent on expanding the exhibit and learning spaces in the centre. Together with the funding allocated to Aberdeen Science Centre last year, it represents a significant investment in science and STEM in Scotland as we embark on plans to deliver on our national STEM Education and Training Strategy. 


May 102018

Action: “We will work with early learning providers and schools from June 2018 to help them recognise and address unconscious bias and gender stereotyping and tackle inequity. This will include the development and delivery of new professional learning programmes on equity in STEM for practitioners. We will seek to embed good practice from the successful Institute of Physics Improving Gender Balance project across all schools by 2022. We will create a dedicated resource to lead, manage and support this work and will involve equalities experts in the third sector.”   STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland.                             

About the event

Register now to attend the launch event for the new phase of the Improving Gender Balance in Scotland Programme. This event will be opened by ShirleyAnne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, and will run from 10:00 to 15:30 on Thursday 7 June 2018 in the COSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH.

The focus of the day will be to launch the exciting new phase of the Improving Gender Balance Programme in Scotland. This work will progress the National STEM Education and Training Strategy action to challenge inequality by addressing unconscious bias and gender stereotyping in all early learning and childcare settings and schools.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the innovative partnership involving Skills Development Scotland, Institute of Physics and Education Scotland that led to the establishment of the Improving Gender Balance Pilot Programme in Scotland in 2015. The partnership engaged six school clusters in Glasgow, Fife, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and West Lothian to develop practical approaches to tackling gender stereotypes and promoting gender balance in early learning, primary and secondary settings.

Learners and staff involved in the pilot programme will share with participants the experiences, approaches and strategies they developed to tackle gender stereotypes in relation to STEM subjects and careers and to promote whole school, centre and cluster approaches to gender equality. The findings of the pilot evaluation will be shared with attendees and programme partners also reflecting on the learning from this important work.  

The STEM Strategy action is ambitious and will involve a concerted effort to promote effective practice and to address deeply-held cultural beliefs and norms. The success of this work going forward will very much depend on the strength of the partnership working between government agencies, Regional Improvement Collaboratives, local authorities, third sector organisations and also practitioners, families and young people themselves. The launch event will provide an important opportunity for all partners to reflect on the challenges and opportunities and to consider ways in which we can collectively work in partnership to promote gender balance and improve outcomes for all our learners.

Please complete our online registration to book your place:  Early registration is advised.

The programme for the day is available from the link below:

IGB Conference 7 June 2018 Programme


Feb 282018

Scottish Power Energy Networks are organising a professional learning event for educators/DYW leads in March 2018. This opportunity has just been advertised through the Marketplace website. This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.

The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.

The programme as follows:

• Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.

• 30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.

• 1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.

• Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.

The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:

ScottishPower Energy Networks, Dealain House, 72 Napier Road, Wardpark, Cumbernauld G68 0DF.

Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at:

Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.


Feb 142018

Funding of up to £500 is available from the Royal Society to set up a club (for at least ten students) that can demonstrate that students will acquire new skills in problem solving. The club should give students the opportunity to tackle maths or computing–based problems.

The club must run, ideally, from March/April 2018 to the end of June 2018.

If you wish to extend the club into the next academic year we would ask that you complete your activities by November 2018, or at least be in a position to provide an online evaluation such that we can share your experiences with other schools.

If you would like to develop the club further or start later we are, in this pilot phase, open to suggestions and ideas so please do not feel restricted by these parameters, they are provided as guidelines only.

We would hope that you complete a minimum of 10 problem solving activities which can be documented and shared.

We would hope that the teacher will ultimately develop an idea for a Partnership Grant project in the following year (this is not a requirement though).

You will need to specify what you wish to spend the money on and how much you wish to apply for. Receipts for items costing more than £200 will need to be submitted at the end of your pilot study. The maximum amount of money you can apply for is £500.

If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunities please complete the attached application form (below) and email to: by February 20th at the latest.

DOWNLOAD application form for problem solving club

Feb 022018

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out projects in science, mathematics, computing, data science, technology or engineering.

The project must be investigative and supported by a teacher and a STEM professional (research or industry) in partnership.

Download the RSE Partnership Grants Flyer

For more information visit

Jan 082018

In the wake of the growing interest in Marine Renewable Energy (MRE), an EU funded project looked to make education about these energy sources and technologies more accessible.

The Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET) E-learning Tool Project created resources for multiple demographics who need to know how aquatic renewable energy technologies work, and in some cases in order to make informed decisions.  These demographics include: teachers of primary and secondary school; those who provide additional educational material; a range of stakeholders in the energy sector, including the public, planners, energy advisors, developers, and people working in ancillary sectors.  

The AquaRET Project created a series of posters related to marine energy, along with other educational resources. These are focused on Offshore Wind, Wave, Tidal Stream, Tidal Range and Run-of River energy.  These resources can be accessed and downloaded at:,


 Competence Mapping Tool (CMT):

The CMT is a tool in which interested parties can view the available jobs with MRE industries, and within these positions see what skills sets are necessary.  This can help guide those wishing to enter the industry to understand the steps they should take to do so effectively.

 Technology Posters:

Technology specific posters are available for download and free to use for educational purposes.  These posters provide an introductory level understanding to the different methods of deriving power from the marine environment.

 Technology Selection:

The Technology Selection goes into more detail in regards to each technology type.  This includes a look at the history of its development, locations of the energy source, environmental and economic considerations, future potential for the technologies an case studies where this has already begin development.  This would complement those wishing for a more in-depth understanding of the MRE sectors.

 Manuals/Text Books:

The link below will provide access to downloaded in-depth chapters on each of the sectors found within the overarching MRE sector.

 Download Images and Illustrations:

All of the content on the website is available for download for any interested organisation to use.


Dec 142017

Do you know an early learning and childcare centre or school that has a passion for STEM? Then why not nominate them for the Sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Award? If your school or centre is into STEM in a big way then you can also apply directly!

Scottish Education Awards 2018_ Flyer STEM

The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement in STEM while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Nominations should provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches that the school or centre has undertaken.

How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning?

  • Ethos and life of the school as a community
  • Curriculum areas and subjects
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Opportunities for personal achievement

How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category?

What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community?

Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 14 February 2018


Nov 092017

Ever taken part in a YamJam? Now is your chance!

Education Scotland will be hosting a YamJam about the Sciences Benchmarks for Assessment on Tuesday 28th November from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Take part in the live social media discussion through the Yammer App on Glow – either from your computer, laptop or mobile device. Connect with other practitioners in the live session to ask questions, get advice, share your thoughts or experiences – or simply to tick off one of the coolest things to do and to say you’d been there!

The YamJam will be taking place in our National Sciences Yammer Group: Just click on the Sciences Yammer Group before 4:30pm to take part.

If you’ve not logged into Yammer before then take a few minutes in advance of the Yam Jam to log on. To access Yammer – search for the Yammer tile in the Glow App library. Yammer can also be downloaded onto your phone or mobile device from Google Play Store or the Apple Store. When logging into Yammer for the first time – enter your Glow email address to access the Glow Yammer network.

For support information and guidance about the Benchmarks visit:

Sciences Benchmark Document

Exemplification and Benchmark Videos

Nov 062017

See last month’s blog post for further information about grants.

Funding for Heritage Projects (UK)

Grants of over £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of larger heritage projects. The funding which is being made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Grant Scheme is available to not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage. This can include:

  • Archaeological digs
  • Preserve a historic places of worship
  • Helping people learn long-lost traditional skills
  • Look after rare species and habitats, etc.

Projects supported in the past include:

A grant of £730,000 to the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Limited to transform Richmond Station in North Yorkshire into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that organisations can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they send a proposal in greater detail.

The next closing date for applications is the 7th December 2017.

Grants to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems (UK / Worldwide)

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has funding of up to $12,000 available for projects that address the root causes of environmental problems. Small, grassroots, activist organisations around the world, working on action orientated and multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants to run projects that protect local habitats. Applicants must be able to produce measurable project results, and Patagonia are particularly keen to support efforts that force the government to abide by laws. Creative methods to engage communities to take action, including film, photography and books will only be supported if they are tightly linked to a direct-action campaign on the issue, with specific goals that go beyond education and awareness.

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2018.

Wren – FCC Scottish Action Fund (Scotland)

WREN, a Land fill operator and Environmental Body has announced that the next closing date for applications to its FCC Scottish Action Fund is 5pm on the 22nd November 2017. The FCC Scottish Action Fund makes grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 to the following types of projects:

  • Land Reclamation
  • Community Recycling
  • Public Amenities and Parks
  • Biodiversity
  • Historic Buildings.

For Public Amenity, Biodiversity and Historic Buildings, projects must be within 10 miles of any landfill site or transfer station. Funding can be used for contractors, materials, capital items, small items of equipment used by volunteers and staff to deliver the project, architect or design fees up to a maximum of 5% of the WREN funding request. Charities, parish councils, church or community organisations and voluntary groups can apply for funding as long as they are operated on a not-for-profit basis and have a formal constitution and bank account. In addition, Local Authorities can also apply.

Funding to Promote Events in Scotland (Scotland)

Note that 2018 is the Year of Young People. The Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be celebrated in 2020 while the focus in 2022 will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories, both led by VisitScotland.

EventScotland, the national events agency which aims to strengthen and promote Scotland’s events industry, has announced the National Events Programme round 38 is open to applications.

The National Events Programme complements the International Funding Programme and is important in developing domestic tourism across Scotland. Through the programme funding is available to support events (outside of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow) that showcase Scotland and help to generate tourism.

Previous events supported through the programme include: The Wigtown Book Festival which received a grant of £12,205 to create a new infrastructure for the event to increase audience capacity and grow the event and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival which received a grant of £25,000 to target visitors from outside Scotland to help grow their audience numbers.

The closing date for applications is the 2nd February 2018.


Funding for Groups Facing Discrimination (UK)

The Edge Fund, which was initiated by a small group of philanthropists and activists in early 2012, has announced that the next deadline for applications is midnight on the 12th November 2017.

The aim of the fund is to support communities, campaign groups and activists struggling for social, economic and environmental justice. Groups facing discrimination and injustice because of their class, ability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other factors can apply for grants to challenge injustices and create just and healthy communities. The Edge Fund is a very small fund. The maximum grant for groups is £3,000 and £1,000 for individuals. The Edge Fund will only support very small groups and have not supported any group with an annual income of over £25,000.

Previous projects supported include:

Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition Against Cuts (£2,800). Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts (HAFCAC) is a campaign group led by and for disabled and older people in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham formed to challenge cuts that are marginalising communities and targeting the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society.

For further information on previously funded projects please click here

Young Environmentalists Grant Scheme (UK)

Thanks to funding from The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust Field Studies Council (FSC) has £5,000 per year for three years to support young people in need to attend specific FSC courses to develop environmental skills and understanding at a time when they are making career and life choices. When the funds are spent, no further grants will be offered until the start of the next year. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 years old who live in the UK and can demonstrate a need for financial support can apply for up to 50% off the course fee and can ask for help with travel costs for the following courses:

  • Summer camps
  • Duke of Edinburgh Conservation
  • Biodiversity focused residentials
  • And a selection of the FSC’s Natural History Courses.

Applications can only be accepted for support for one residential course or a maximum of three-day courses per year. Please see the FSC website for further details of eligible courses. Applications must be received at least two weeks before the start of the course but are accepted at any time.

Funding to Protect the Marine Environment (UK)

Sea-Changers has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st March 2018.

Sea-changers vision is to create a world where the seas and shores are clean and healthy and marine species are protected. Funding is available for a range of UK based, marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations with projects in one of the following areas:

  • Marine Reserves/Protected Marine Areas
  • Direct Marine Clean-up Action
  • Education, Campaigning and Awareness
  • Species Protection and Research.

The maximum grant size is expected to be £600, although for exceptional projects funding of up to £1,000 may be considered. Projects that have previously been supported include:

The installation of a 2minutebeachclean station in Portrush, Northern Ireland and a long-term monitoring programme for local volunteer divers to contribute their observations of the health of the seagrass bed in Porthdinllaen, North Wales. Click here to view more projects supported.

Funding to Use Digital Technology to Enhance the Environment (UK)

Individuals and teams of young people based in the UK aged between the ages of 17 and 24 will be able to apply for funding of up to £10,000 for projects that use digital technology to make a positive impact on the environment. O2 – The Environment Now initiative is funded by O2 and the National Lottery, and is part of the Our Bright Future programme. As well as funding the programme also offers mentoring, work experience and insight days with industry professionals to help bring ideas to life. To be eligible the project must have a positive and measurable environmental impact in areas such as:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste and recycling.

Projects funded in the past include LettusGrow:

A company on a mission to reduce food waste around the world through soil-free gardening

Virtually There: an app that will contain different virtual reality experiences highlighting the impact of global warming, waste and deforestation.

B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme for Schools and Community Groups (UK)

DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.

All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren’t used. Eligible groups include:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Child minders, playgroups and nurseries
  • Allotment associations, community gardening projects
  • Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets
  • Registered charities; Hospices
  • Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools
  • Community projects organised by local churches and other religious groups
  • Women’s Institute, Lions Clubs, Rotary, Townswomen Guilds
  • Royal British Legion
  • Adult education projects, University of the Third Age
  • Other local community groups.

B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. For more information please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.

Wolfson Foundation Health and Disability Grants Programme (UK)

The Wolfson Foundation has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications to its Health and Disability Grants Programme is the 5th January 2018.

Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation, makes grants of between £15,000 – £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support. The funding is focused on:

  • Palliative Care and Hospices
  • Older People
  • Transitions and Independence.

Match funding is required for projects over £50,000. The Foundation does not provide funding for clinical care which might be considered the proper responsibility of the National Health Service (e.g. refurbishment of hospital wards or other facilities, or provision of surgical equipment). The Foundation also encourage applications from all parts of the UK, especially regions that have few alternative sources of funding.

British Science Week Community Grant Scheme (UK)

The British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is providing grants of £500-£1000 grants to community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (9-18 March 2018).

The mission of the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and the grants are available community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. This can include:

  • People who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • People with low socioeconomic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • Young people facing adversity, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • People with a disability
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people.

Community grants cannot be used for events or activities with school groups unless they are a special needs school.  For school activities, the schools themselves, if they meet the eligibility criteria, should apply for our Kick Start Grants.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 13th November 2017.

Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund (UK)

Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools.

Priority will be given to projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

Previously funded projects include:

“Cool chemistry at the seaside” where the Society awarded a grant of £2,000 to volunteers in Ramsgate who transformed an empty town-centre shop into a makeshift theatre, delivering free chemistry demonstrations to anyone.

The closing date for small grants is the 2nd October 2017. The large grants programme is currently closed and will re-open for applications in January 2018.

Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children (UK)

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme.

Wooden Spoon the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Through the programme funding is available for:

  • Buildings and extensions
  • Equipment & activity aids
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Playgrounds and sports areas
  • Transport
  • Soft playrooms.

Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £20 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles.

Projects funded in the past have included:

Ashmount School in Leicestershire, which received a grant of £13,500 towards a sensory room.

Enfield Heights Academy in London which received a grant of £23,000 to improve its play areas

The Colehill &Wimborne Youth & Community Centre which received a grant of £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group. Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society require a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation.  For more information on how to apply, please click on the link below.

Funding for Sports Related Projects Run by Young People (UK)

vInspired, the Volunteering Charity, has announced that its Cashpoint grants scheme is currently open for applications for sport-related projects.

The Cashpoint grants scheme offers grants of up to £500 to give young people (aged 14-25) the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. The funding is available to individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves. Projects must be run on a volunteer only basis and funded projects must create at least 2 new volunteering opportunities for 14-25-year olds (in addition to the applicant). vInspired cashpoint must be the only funder for the project.

There are no closing dates for applications and grants will be awarded on a continuous basis until all available monies are exhausted.

£800,000 Support for Cultural Activities (Scotland)

Creative Scotland recently awarded over £800,000 of National Lottery Funding through its Open Project Fund to 40 recipients, including individual artists and organisations working across the arts, screen and creative industries.

The awards of between £1,000 and £99,445 have been made to festivals, musicians, visual artists, dancers, writers and community arts hubs; etc. The Open Projects Fund is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for Disability Tennis Wheelchairs and Equipment (UK)

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500. Individuals can receive support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses. Groups can apply for: Wheelchairs; Court hire; Coaching fees; and equipment packages which will include:

  • Rackets
  • Balls
  • Mini net
  • Coaching aids such as: cones and throw down marker lines.

In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £250.

The next closing date for applications is the 13th December 2017

Funding for UK-French School Partnerships (UK)

The British Council has announced that grants are available for secondary schools (including sixth form and further education colleges) that have existing partnerships with a school in France.

The funding is being made available through the Charles De Gaulle Trust. The Charles de Gaulle Trust offers a grant of £5,000 per school for students aged between 17 and 19 who will be working on joint projects and study visits that can demonstrate a link to their school syllabus. A minimum of three students must participate in the project work.

The deadline for applications has been extended from the 13th November to the 1st December 2017.

Grants to Promote the Teaching of Greek (UK)

The Hellenic Society Schools Sub-Committee makes grants to schools to assist projects concerned with the teaching of Greek or Greek civilization.

Typically, grants are made for:

  • Books
  • The development of new courses in Greek
  • Teaching materials, classics days or conferences
  • Greek plays by schools
  • Summer schools for pupils; etc.

Applications from schools planning to start courses in Greek are especially welcome.

Applications on behalf of individual pupils or teachers are not normally considered, but a grant may be made to an institution for use as bursaries to individuals at the discretion of that institution. Most grants are in the range £100-£500, but larger awards are occasionally made.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st May 2018.

Government to Launch Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (Scotland)

The Scottish Government has announced that it will launch a new £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund in early 2018.

The aim of the fund will be to provide investment over two years in infrastructure to support sustainable growth in rural tourism across Scotland. The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects – such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and footpath access. The fund will be open to bids from local communities working with local authorities.

The Classical Association Grants (UK)

The Classical Association (CA), which awards grants to support classical projects and conferences has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st December 2017.

The Association will consider applications for summer schools and to institutions offering extra-mural courses in Greek, Latin and classical civilisation; bursaries for teachers attending courses abroad to support:

  • Their professional development, notably the British School at Athens Easter Course
  • School teaching and outreach work such as Greek and Latin reading competitions, regional Greek/Roman days and school conferences; etc.

Funding to Regenerate Historic Buildings (UK)

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Project Development Grant scheme (up to £25,000) is the 1st November 2017 to be considered at the mid December Council meeting.

Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition.

Applications to the Project Viability grants as well as Project Development grants of up to £5,000 can be submitted at any time and are considered on a quarterly basis.

Funding Available to Bring Fibre Broadband to Remote Communities with a School (UK)

British Telecom has made £2 million available to increase access to super-fast broadband in communities in the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. The Community Fibre Partnerships grants will cover up to 75% of the cost of the new fibre infrastructure, up to £30,000, so long as that new infrastructure serves the local Ofsted registered (or equivalent) school or learning establishment. The grant is available to UK communities where their proposal for a new co-funded fibre infrastructure serves a school that doesn’t have access to superfast fibre broadband (typically <24Mbps).

Grants will be made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis until the funding is exhausted. Recent beneficiaries include Dunedin secondary school in Edinburgh a small secondary school, attended by pupils who have not coped with mainstream schooling.

Grants to Improve the Lives of Disabled and Sick Children (UK)

The next application deadline to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is the 6th February 2018.

The Foundation supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation’s Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although most grants will be under £10,000.

Examples of grants awarded in 2016 include:

£30,000 to Disability Challengers for a sensory room.

£21,033 to Drove Road Residential Centre for a new playground.

£2,932 to Ichthyosis Support Group ISG for residential activity camps for children affected by the condition.

WHSmith Community Grant (UK)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2018. Applications can be submitted via an online applications form.

Persimmon Healthy Communities Programme (England, Wales and Scotland)

House builder Persimmon, has 30 businesses across England, Wales and Scotland.

Every month during 2017 each of these businesses will donate up to £750 each to clubs, schools, organisations, charities and individuals who deliver amateur sport to young people aged 21 and under. Organisations who apply must not have more than £100,000 in their bank account and must not be providing sports training on a professional or for profit basis. The main objective is for people to use the funding to purchase sports kits, however entries will be considered for the purchase of other equipment and maintenance of facilities. Organisations may also be entered to win a grand prize of £200,000 to spend on their sport, club or team. In January 2018 all 30 businesses will choose three entries to go forward for the national prize, an independent panel will then choose one entry from each business which will go head to head in an online vote. The first prize is £200,000, there will be two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalists will receive £5,000 each.

Applications can be made up to midnight on the 31st December 2017.

VisitScotland Growth Fund Opens for Applications (Scotland)

Visit Scotland has announced that it is now accepting expressions of interest for the VisitScotland Growth Fund.

The fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects that focus on growth in the tourism sector and ensure that visitors experience the true Spirit of Scotland. It also helps businesses to build their digital capability and to market and measure their outputs and success more effectively. Successful applications must demonstrate:

  • A strong digital focus and creation of digital content
  • Strong strategic alignment
  • An innovative approach
  • Effective partnerships and collaboration
  • Achievable and measurable growth targets
  • A sustainable approach
  • Project viability and delivery.

Applicants must speak with a member of the Growth Fund team prior to making a full application and the deadline for initial expressions of interest is the 22nd November 2017.


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