Institute of Physics, IET and STFC 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.

Eligibility Criteria
In order for an application to be eligible for a school grant it must:

  • Be submitted by a school, college or home school group based in the UK or Ireland
  • Be completed and submitted by the applicant and not by a 3rd party provider
  • Be unique and applicable to the school/college or home school group. Cloned or copied applications will be rejected
  • Be for costs associated with a new project. Costs relating to sustaining an existing project or for funding a repeat application are not eligible
  • Be for a project that directly involves pupils. Applications for other activities such as teacher CPD will not be funded
  • Be for a project that adds value over and above basic curriculum requirements. Applications for equipment or materials needed for lessons to deliver the curriculum will not be funded
  • If you have applied for and been awarded a grant within the last three years, you will need to complete and return an evaluation form alongside your application.

Application closing dates

1 FebruaryProjects taking place in the following summer term
1 JuneProjects taking place in the following autumn term
1 NovemberProjects taking place in the following spring term


Application tips
All applications are submitted to a panel of external judges, successful applications will normally meet some or all of these criteria:

  • A promotion of a greater interest in/understanding of physics or engineering, links to the below areas of physics and engineering are particularly encouraged:
    • Particle Physics, Astronomy, Space and Nuclear Physics
    • Energy, transport, information & communications, design & production or the built environment
  • Innovation and originality, involving activities likely to interest young people in the physical sciences
    • Cost effectiveness

We will not normally fund projects where our funding will be a small contribution in a larger total. 

Bids for bought in activities or shows will be strengthened if integrated with a wider project

Grants may be used for the following project-related purposes:

    • Materials / resources
    • Transport
    • Marketing and publicity
    • Other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges
    • Supply cover (in certain circumstances)

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