Five School Funding Grants You Should Know About

School pursestrings are getting tighter, and we’re all looking for alternative sources of funding. Fortunately, there are ways to raise non-statutory school income, whether by hiring out school premises or by hosting fundraising events.

Grants and funding pools offer a handy third option. But which grants should you be looking for to supplement your school funding?

Here’s a quick rollup of some of the funding schools can apply for that you may not have heard of:


Education Endowment Foundation

The EEF provides funding for trial projects designed to raise attainment for 3-18 year-olds – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What’s more, once your project is evaluated and determined to be successful, they look at scaling it to affect a larger population of students.

There’s also no minimum or maximum grant size.

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The Royal Society Partnership Grants

Up to £3,000 is available for projects supporting STEM in partnership with a STEM industry or research professional.

If you’re looking to bolster your Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics offering, this is the ideal opportunity to get students interested in STEM subjects and careers.

The grant covers students aged 5-18, and the next round of funding will open in 2019.

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National Lottery Fund

You can apply for £300-£10,000 from the National Lottery Fund. The Fund also provides grants in excess of £10,000 for longer-term projects.

In your application, you must demonstrate how your project meets at least one of these three priorities:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

So long as your application has extracurricular benefits for the wider community, you can apply for funding for school premises, equipment, or activities.

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Football Foundation

You can apply for £10,000-£500,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to put towards football facilities, such as turf pitches, changing rooms, and floodlighting.

Additionally, you can put the funding towards multi-use game areas, which would support both grassroots football and your PE curriculum as a whole.

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BBC Children in Need Grants

Children in Need Grants to help you support or safeguard disadvantaged children. You can apply for up to £10,000 a year for a maximum of three years.

However, they won’t fund projects that should be eligible for statutory funding, so applications for buildings, equipment, or staff aren’t eligible. So long as it doesn’t add to the overall capital of the school, your proposal should be eligible – but check first.

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School Planners Generate Income

There’s another way to generate additional school income.

Learn how to put your planners to work. You could make upwards of £2,000 for your school.


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