Funding available for British Science Week 2020

British science week is on the 6th – 15th March and we can’t wait to get stuck in with workshops, free assemblies and science clubs in schools across the UK. I know lots of science co-ordinators, teachers and group leaders will be looking to book workshops and run their own events and there are various grants available to help you with this.

Kick Start Grant – British Science Association

The British Science Association is offering grants of up to £700 for science teachers to organise events in their school. This could be a whole school experiment, a science workshop or a science fair. In order to be eligible you must be a state funded school. Your school must also meet one or more of the following criteria.

  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent;
  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds;
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location.*

Click here to find out more or to apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.


Community Grant Scheme

Another one from the British Science Association but this time there are grants of between £500 and £1000 available for community groups and SEN schools. This grant is not available for mainstream schools.

The aim of this grant is to get groups who are not well-repesented in science to run a scientific event. Groups who are under-represented include:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women.

This funding could be used to book a science workshop set up a science event in your community or hold scientific sessions for children or adults with special educational needs.

Click here to find out more or to apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.


Royal Society of ChemistryEnhanced Equipment Grant

The Royal Society of Chemistry is offering grants of up to £1000 to be used to purchase equipment, outside of the usual school science budget, to run practical chemistry experiments. Whilst not specifically for British Science week, this equipment could be used to enhance British Science Week and then used for experiments throughout the year.

There are no specific restrictions except that this grant is only available to primary and secondary schols in the UK.

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Grants for Chemistry Clubs

Another one from the RSC – there are grants of up to £1000 available for primary or secondary schools either running or hoping to run an extra-curricular chemistry club. Again, there are no specific restrictions but the RSC are hoping to inspire as many children as possible to pursue chemistry so a club that will be long lasting and potentially ideas that can be shared between multiple schools would be more likely to attract funding.

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Armourers' and brasiers' grants availableGrant for School Science

This grant from the Armourers’ and Brasiers’ company offers £600 for primary schools and £1000 for secondary schools to be spent on science equipment, science events or enabling students to participate in science competitions.

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Free assemblies from Fun Science

If you are based near a Fun Science branch, you can have a free assembly for your whole school, once a year. There is absolutely no charge and no obligation to book any Fun Science workshops. This can be used to introduce science week or at another time in the year. British Science Week is Fun Science’s busiest time of year so if you are hoping to book for then, please do get in touch early!

Click here to find out if your school is eligible