British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths – featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. Next year’s BSWis happening on 10-19 March 2017. It will feature thousands of STEM events and activities across the country, and you can be a part of it.
They are offering two grant schemes to support any BSW activities that you or your organisation(s) want to run.
Kick Start Grants: This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are two options available:
- Kick Start grant: A grant of up to £300 for your school to run an activity
- Kick Start More grant: A grant of up to £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community
Community Grants: This scheme offers £500-1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.
Their definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:
- people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
- people with low socio economic status (SES)
- young people with anti-social behaviour, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- people with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities (Equalities Act 2010)
- girls and women
- people living in a remote and rural location
Applying for a grant is simple. You will need to register your event or activity and complete all sections of the form, then you’ll be offered the option of applying for a grant. Don’t worry if you don’t yet have all the details for the event or activity you are requesting funding towards – just register with as much information as you have.