Exciting news… British Science Week 2023 grants are now open for applications!
British Science Week Community Grants and Kick Start Grants provide community groups and schools respectively funds to organise and run their own events and activities during British Science Week, which is coming up (10-19 March 2023). Supported by UK Research and Innovation and managed by British Science Association, these grants are targeted at audiences who would not usually engage and get hands-on with science, to allow them to participate and enjoy this annual celebration of all things STEM.
The 2023 Community Grants and Kick Start Grants are now open for applications. The deadline for submission is midnight 7 November 2022.
British Science Week Community Grants are designed to help community groups engage their audiences with science in ways that are tailor-made to fit them; there is no right or wrong way. The grants of £500 and £1000 are to support these groups to run their own events and activities for British Science Week 2023, expanding the number of people who enjoy and take part in science.
Science is so brilliantly broad, that knowing where to start with planning an event can be tricky, but a drop of inspiration can work wonders. Read their Community Grants case studies to discover how other community groups used the funding to support their own activities and events during British Science Week 2022.
To be eligible, applicants must represent a community-based group, club or organisation that works directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity. The 2023 Community Grants guidelines give you all the information you need regarding eligibility and how to apply, please read these before putting together an application.
If you would love to get your students and the wider school community involved in British Science Week but are on a tight budget, then British Science Week Kick Start Grants of between £150 and £700 could be for you. These grants enable schools in challenging circumstances to devise and run their own events and activities as part of British Science Week, and show their pupils and students how wide-ranging science is; there’s something for everyone.
Applications for projects that are cross-curricular, which challenge science stereotypes, and engage students who are otherwise underrepresented in science are particularly welcomed. For inspiration, take a look at their Kick Start Grants case studies to see how schools made the most of the funding during the latest British Science Week. Feel free to use the theme for British Science Week 2023 ‘Connections’ as inspiration for your events, although there is no obligation to!
To be eligible for a grant, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria:
• over 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium, early years pupil premium or equivalent.
• over 30% of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
• small school based in a remote and rural location.
All eligible state-funded schools are welcome to apply for any of the Kick Start Grants.
For full details on eligibility and how to apply, be sure to consult the Kick Start Grants guidelines.
Applications for both Kick Start Grants and Community Grants close sharp at midnight on Monday 7 November 2022.
Applications will need to be submitted via our online forms. Please visit the British Science Week Grants pages to apply.