Below is a selection of grant schemes STEM Clubs could apply to. It is recommended that you always read the criteria and guidance for applicants carefully to ensure your project fits with the grant schemes’ aims. Many funders are available to talk through your ideas on the phone before you submit your application. Contract Holders are also often able to support the writing of applications and might know more about local grants.
You can also download the list below as a pdf Grant schemes for STEM Clubs
The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.
Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). Two rounds a year in April and September.
British Ecological Society
The British Ecological Society offers outreach grants of up to £2,000 to its members and others, including schools, to promote ecological science to a wide audience.
British Science Association Kick Start Grants
The British Science Association offer School Activity grants of up to £300, or ‘Our School Community’ grants of up to £700 to run activities during British Science Week (was National Science and Engineering Week).
Holmes Hines Memorial Fund
Administered by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the Holmes Hines Memorial Fund offers small awards to help individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available. No set application date.
Institute of Physics
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a small grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges.
The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. Awards are made three times a year.
Raspberry Pi education fund is open to organisations including schools and STEM Clubs. Grants range from £100 to £125k as long as they fit within the aim of promoting computer science and its use across STEM and the arts. Grants require matched funding.
The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a school in partnership with a practising scientist or engineer. Awards made twice a year.
Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry Club grant scheme is targeted at activities that are at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable. Teachers can apply for funding up to £1,000 for their Club. Awards made four times a year.
Science and Technology Facilities Council – Small Awards
STFC Small Awards offers the opportunity of funding ranging from £500 – £10,000 for projects in Public Engagement relating to STFC science and technology.
Society of General Microbiology
Grants of up to £1,000 to support microbiology teaching initiatives and events are available to School Corporate or School Representative Members of the Society.
STEM Directories Grants
The STEM Directories occasionally run grants of up to £500 for schools who wish to run an activity listed on their directory.
Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people.
Waitrose Community Matters
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes. The proportion of funding depends on the number of tokens placed by shoppers in a box in store. Any UK registered national charity can put themselves forward to be considered for the scheme.
Wellcome Trust People Awards
The Wellcome Trust supports biomedical research that aims to improve the health of humans and animals. People Awards provides grants of up to £30,000 for innovative and creative projects that engage the public with biomedical science and/or the history of medicine. Due to the scale of the grant, you may want to consider applying for longer term projects that have a high impact and involve collaboration, either with other schools or with universities, scientists or artists. Awards made four times a year.
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland
For schools based in Scotland the Scottish Council for Development and Industry offers small grants to STEM Clubs.