Grant fundraising

Funding alert!

Never sure whether a fund is set up to support schools? Well, we’ve checked – and these grant-giving trusts all said YES!

EMI Music Sound Foundation Amount: Up to £2,000 Deadline: February and August (check website for more details) Areas of interest: Funding is provided towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for individuals who are in full-time education and schools that require equipment to deliver music education. Training for music teachers who work within schools is also funded. Previously-funded projects: Middlewich High School in Cheshire was awarded £1,000 to buy ve bass guitars with amps and four electric guitars with amps. Southbrook School in Devon received funding to upgrade their wireless microphone system. Website:

Ernest Cook Trust Amount: Small grants up to £4,000, large grants over £4,000 Deadline: 31 July for September review Areas of interest: Outdoor learning – countryside, environment, rural skills, traditional arts. Projects that actively encourage children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on outdoor experiences are favoured. Grants are available for state schools and direct education, not capital works. Previously-funded project: Roath Park Primary School was awarded £1,950 for Forest School training. Website:

One Family Foundation Amount: Up to £25,000 (average £5,000) Deadline: Next round opens in April for approximately six months Areas of interest: School projects that have been successfully funded through the Community Awards programme include: books for the library, chair lifts to accommodate wheelchair users and an outdoor play space. Members of the public register and vote. Previously-funded project: Riverside Primary School were awarded £25,000 to refurbish their swimming pool. Website:

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Garfield Weston Foundation Amount: Up to £100,000 Deadline: Ongoing – allow four months Areas of interest: Capital, core and project costs can be funded, however salaries will not. Schools should demonstrate quality and excellence, with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans. Previously-funded project: Ravenscliffe High School secured £100,000 towards a purpose-built sixth form and community centre. Website:

Greggs Environmental Grants (NEW) Amount: Small grants up to £2,500, large grants up to £10,000 Deadline: 1 July 2016. Round three runs from 2 July to 30 September 2016 Areas of interest: Projects should aim to make a demonstrable difference to a local area with clear consideration given to the environmental and social impact. Previously-funded project: This is a new programme, but suggested projects include creating an orchard to provide fresh fruit for school pupils. Website:


Assuming you have a suitable project in mind for grant fundraising, your first task is to identify an appropriate fund:

Review the eligibility criteria

– if your project doesn’t relate to the funder’s aims, it is unlikely to be considered

Research any previously- funded projects and look for similar recipients

Make a note of the average amount awarded – applying for

a similar amount will increase your chances of success

Check deadlines and allow

enough time for your application to be assessed, before the project is due to start.


Why is your project needed?

Collect statistics, and run a survey with stakeholders (and the wider community) to back up your application

How will it be delivered?

Explain who you are, how your project objectives meet the priorities of the funder – infect others with your enthusiasm!

What impact will it have?

Build a case for support that shows how your core users will benefit and how you plan to evaluate your projects’ success

What is your budget?

Explore the full costs and prepare an accurate breakdown to show that if funding is granted, your project is deliverable. Detailed quotes for large projects are essential.

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the FundEd programme and search our database of grants that support primary and secondary education. Go to grants.


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