Grants and Funding

There are a number of grant schemes available to schools throughout the year. Some of the key funding streams are highlighted below with the activities Learn by Design can provide.

Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme

Schools, colleges and home school groups based in the UK and Ireland can apply for a school grant of up to £600. Grants are awarded for projects, events and activities linked with the promotion of physics and engineering.

  • Summer term activity : 1st February
  • Autumn term activity : 1st June
  • Spring term activity : 1st November

Activities linked to astronomy, space and particle physics are particularly encouraged, as are those relating to engineering in areas such as energy, transport, information and communications, design and production and the built environment.  The funding could be used as part payment for a full day of STEM workshops. Further information and application form can be found here.


British Science Week 2019

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 12 November 2018.

British Science Week is the 8th – 17th March 2019. Use the funding to facilitate a STEM workshop at your school and celebrate the world of science! For further information and to apply for any of these grants, please click here.

Contact us for more details and check out the other workshops we provide.


Kick Start Grants:

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are three options available:

  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community
  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised by students.

To be eligible to apply:

You must be a state funded school in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. British Science Week cannot accept applications from non-school organisations or from private schools.

Find out if you meet the criteria here!


Community Grants:

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • people with low socio economic 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, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities (Equalities Act 2010)
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Note: 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.

Check you’re eligible here!


BSW Grants for BSA branches:

This scheme offers up to £500 of funding for British Science Association branches to take part in our national celebration by running local events during British Science Week.

This scheme is open to BSA volunteer branches only.

Find out more information here!

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 12 November 2018.