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National Sources of Funding for Schools and Individuals

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Last updated 22 March 2017 by ncetm_administrator

There are many other routes available to teachers, schools and other organisations seeking funding for various sorts of mathematical activities. Here we’ve collated just some of the organisations offering opportunities at the moment. If we’ve missed any that you are aware of, please let us know so we can share this information with everybody.

Note: you should check the websites below for current information or availability; we take no responsibility for the accuracy of third-party websites.

List of Funding Sources

Detailed Information

BFSS (British & Foreign School Society)

The BFSS gives grants to charities for educational activities and projects up to a total of £500 000 a year. Grants are given to organisations with UK charitable status, and are for the purpose of advancing educational opportunity in the UK and developing countries. They no longer make grants for individuals.

Who can apply? Education establishments

Contact the BFSS

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Bowland Maths

The Bowland Trust makes small grants available to schools and others with the continuing aim of stimulating activities that extend the use and understanding of Bowland maths and materials.

Who can apply? Schools and teachers

Contact Bowland Maths

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CfBT (Centre for British Teachers)

CfBT reinvest in research and development projects, and commission (or work in partnership on) innovative educational research and development projects. They accept applications for funding and are keen to invest in ideas that are distinctive, sustainable, and that have outcomes which are identifiable, worthwhile and measurable, and which will influence practice directly or can be translated into policy in the short or medium term.

Who can apply? Research undertaken by individuals and education establishments

Contact CfBT

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EEF (the Education Endowment Foundation)

The Education Endowment Foundation exists to fund, develop and evaluate cost effective and replicable projects which address educational disadvantage. The most recent funding round closed at 5pm on 1 October 2014.

Who can apply? Schools and other not-for-profit organisations

Contact the EEF

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With the EU Lifelong Learning Programme coming to an end in 2013, Erasmus+ is the new proposed programme from the European Commission. If it goes ahead, it will start in 2014. However, the proposal is currently under discussion by the Council and the European Parliament who will take the final decision.

Who can apply? Learners and trainers, through any public or private body active in education, training, youth and sport.

Contact Erasmus+

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The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation operates a Main Grants Scheme, which supports charities whose core work covers Arts and learning, and a small Grants Scheme covering small charities in all fields. One of the Foundation's main priorities for support is special educational needs and learning difficulties. State funded schools and special schools may be supported. Skills acquisition to aid employment, early learning projects or playgroups will not generally be considered. The Foundation does not support applications from individuals.

Who can apply? Education establishments

Contact The Foyle Foundation

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The Goldsmiths' Company

The Goldsmiths’ Grant for Teachers was introduced in 2008 to provide teachers and head teachers with an opportunity to take time out from the classroom in order to undertake an original project of their choice, in the UK or abroad, aimed at enhancing their personal and professional development. The grant, of up to £3 000, covers the cost of travel, accommodation, materials, etc. In addition the Company will pay a maximum of £2 000 supply cover to your school.

Who can apply? Individuals

Contact The Goldsmiths' Company

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IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications)

Individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education and Higher Education Institutes can apply for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending a mathematics activity. There is a budget of £6 000 and grants will be made up to a value of £600.

Who can apply? Individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education and Higher Education Institutes

Contact the IMA

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The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust provides funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes. With annual funding of some £60 million, financial support is organised into grants and awards which vary in size, purpose and application procedure.

Who can apply? Individuals

Contact The Leverhulme Trust

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LMS (London Mathematical Society)

The London Mathematical Society has several grants to support mathematics, including one-off grants of up to £400 for maths-specific CPD. Other small grants are also available. supporting such activities as attending popular lectures, exhibitions, master classes, mathematical competitions, etc., that encourage joint mathematical ventures between higher education institutions and schools or the development of projects that would improve the ‘Public Image of Mathematics’.

Who can apply? Individuals and education establishments

Contact the LMS

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The Mercers' Company

The Company makes a number of grants to improve the availability and quality of education for children and young adults. These grants are focused on young people between the ages of 5-25, particularly in London, and in the West Midland areas of Walsall, Sandwell, and Telford & Wrekin. Applicants must be UK Registered charities, UK exempt charities, or state schools and colleges.

Who can apply? Education establishments

Contact The Mercers' Company

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Pebble’s School Fund Finder is a service that helps identify funding opportunities, and assists with applications. There is a fee to use the services, which include full access to the School Fund Finder and unlimited support. They also offer a bid writing service, for which there is an additional fee.

Who can apply? Primary, secondary and special schools, academies, local authorities and not-for-profit organisations

Contact Pebble

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The STEM Directories

The Royal Institution Maths Enrichment and Enhancement (E&E) Grant Scheme offers UK schools and colleges a grant of up to £500 to experience a Maths activity taken from the STEM Directories. The scheme is designed to help integrate Maths Enrichment and Enhancement activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. It is focussed particularly on disadvantaged pupils. The scheme operates annually, and applications usually open early in the autumn term.

Who can apply? State-funded primary or secondary school/academy, sixth-form or FE college in the UK

Contact The STEM Directories

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The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens to travel overseas in order to bring back knowledge and best practice. 'Fellows' receive a travel grant to cover travelling, daily living, and insurance within the countries visited. More information is available on the Trust website.

Who can apply? Individuals

Contact the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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