Four funding opportunities for primary and secondary schools

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Equipment Grants for Mentally and Physically Disadvantaged Children

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Through the programme funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment and activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group.

Funding for Schools Science Projects

The Royal Society has announced that its Partnership Grant scheme has re-opened for applications. Through the scheme grants of up to £3,000 are available for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer. The aim is to make the teaching of science more interesting within primary and secondary schools. The Partnership grants scheme forms partnerships to allow teachers to increase their scientific knowledge and to give scientists and engineers the chance to develop their communication skills and engage with enquiring young minds.

Any UK primary or secondary school teacher or practicing scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are between 5 and 18.  The closing date for applications is the 31st October 2014.

Funding for UK-French School Partnerships

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 and the Lefèvre 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 or study visits that can demonstrate a link to their school syllabus.  A minimum of three students must participate in the project work.

The Lefèvre Trust offers a grant of £5,000 per school for students aged between 11 and 19. The grants can be used for individual and/or group visits and if applicable for the students age ranges schools you can apply for both simultaneously.  For example, Barr’s Hill School, Coventry received funding to liaise with Collège Roland Vaudatin near Saint Malo, France.  The deadline for applications is 11am on 11 November 2014.

Wolfson Foundation – Disability and Special Needs Grants Programme

The Wolfson Foundation has announced that its Disability and Special Grants Programme is open for applications. Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation makes grants of between £15,000 – £100,000 to special schools and colleges as well as charities that work with people with particular health needs or disabilities.  Nearly £10 million has been awarded over the last five years, to over 200 different organisations.  Grants are made for new buildings, major refurbishment work, equipment or vehicles.  Previous grants awarded include:
There is a two stage application process. Stage 1 applications should be submitted by the 5th January 2015.  Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by the 1st March 2015.

Marie Horton, Head of Participation and Skills, North Somerset Council

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