State-funded primary schools, nurseries and special schools in Blackpool, Bridgend; Fermanagh & Omagh; Knowsley; Neath Port Talbot; Newry, Mourne & Down; Sandwell; South Ayrshire; Wakefield; and West Lothian can apply for grants from the Edina Trust to run science projects.
The level of funding available is dependent upon the type of school applying:
- Full primary and Special schools can apply for grants of up to £600 per year for up to three years;
- Infant and Junior schools up to £300 per year for up to three years;
- Maintained Nursery schools and nursery classes within schools can apply for a one-off grant of up to £420.
The Science Grant Scheme runs in each area for three years, before moving on to a new area. The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school and maintained nursery in eligible areas to get the full amount.
Grants can be used for science weeks, science related school trips, science equipment and science subscriptions; improving school grounds for science and gardening resources.
Examples of projects that received funding are:
- St Bede’s Primary School, Sunderland that created a Forest School area in the school grounds. The school used the Edina Trust grant to purchase tools that the children can use, which has allowed them to get outside and learn about nature, as well as develop their self-confidence.
- Kersland School, Renfrewshire had a visit from Glasgow Science Centre’s Bodyworks On Tour programme. The programme is all about our amazing bodies and offers an array of exciting workshops, live science shows and interactive exhibits. Everything is hands-on and designed to fit the needs of learners from pre-school through to primary and secondary school pupils.
There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.