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Funding to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences 

The next round of funding will open in September 2018. 

Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:
  • CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group
  • Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.
British Science Week funding
This funding is now closed. Applications for British Science Week ‘Kick Start Grants’ 2019 will open in late September 2018. This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week, including CREST Award related activities. More information. 

Funding from external organisations

If none of the above are suitable for your needs, one of the following grants from other organisations might be suitable: 

  • Royal Society Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects;
  • Institute of Physics, School Grants Scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering;

  • Engineering education grant scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5 – 19. Supported by the IMechE and IET;

  • Royal Institution STEM Grants  two ‘enrichment and enhancement’ (E&E) grant schemes for UK schools. Grants of up to £500 are for UK-registered state schools to host a STEM E&E maths or STEM activity selected from the STEM Directories;

  • Institute of Mathematics: Education Grant Scheme Individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the United Kingdom can apply for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics. Grants can be made up to £600;

  • Royal Society of Chemistry: Educational Grants Scheme funds small educational projects in schools and colleges enhancing the learning (and teaching) experience in relation to chemistry for students (and teachers);

  • The Raspberry Pi Education Fund funding to foster and support projects that help advance the education and understanding of computing of children aged between 5 and 18 years of age. 

  •  The Mayor’s London Scientist Scheme supported by the GLA, funds CREST Award fees at Super Star to Bronze Levels for London students from underrepresented audiences. It is available through schools with high pupil premium, high BAME, SEN schools or PRU units. Eligible schools have been sent a voucher code but individual teachers can also get in touch via their website.