Kick Start grant scheme

Kick Start grants provide funds for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week.

Grant applications for British Science Week 2020 are now closed.


GRANT UPDATE: We have now awarded all grants for British Science Week 2020. We have emailed all applicants informing them whether they have been successful. If you applied but haven’t received an email from us or you would like to check the status of an application from your school, please get in touch,


Download the Kick Start Grant Guidelines. Please read carefully before completing the online application.

The British Science Association, with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events. Please download the guidelines and read carefully before applying.

There are four types of grant:

    • Kick Start Youth grant: a grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised and delivered by students aged 10-19.
    • Kick Start grant: a grant of £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week
    • Kick Start More grant: a grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community. The community can comprise of families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and local press
    • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: a grant of £450 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19*

*NEW for 2020! You can now apply for both a Kick Start grant and Kick Start Youth grant at the same time. We may offer your school only one of these two grants if you are not successful in your application for both.

To be eligible to apply:

You must be a state funded, non-selective school or college, in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We cannot accept applications from non-school organisations or from private schools.

We will only accept one application per school.

Your school must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils eligible for the pupil premium or equivalent;
  • Have a high proportion (over 30%) of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds;
  • Be a small school based in a remote and rural location.*

* In a postcode listed as any type of “Rural” area under their government’s Rural Urban classification system. You can look up the Area Type for any UK postcode here. If it begins with ‘Rural’, your school is eligible.

Our priorities

The type of activity you run is up to you and depends on the needs of your audience and the resources at your disposal. We will assess the applications against the following priorities. You do not need to meet all of these but your application should demonstrate clearly which ones your activity will address.

We will prioritise activities that:

  1. involve children supported by pupil premium, from ethnic minorities or with Special Educational Needs;
  2. involve children who wouldn’t normally choose to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities;
  3. are embedded in your local community and involve the wider community as a core audience;
  4. challenge stereotypes about science, and link it to children’s everyday life beyond school;
  5. are cross-curricular and involve teachers, professionals or organisations from outside STEM; 
  6. raise awareness of the diverse range of careers studying STEM subjects can lead to;   
  7. impact on STEM activities throughout the year e.g. staff CPD or launching a new STEM initiative in your school;

Download the British Science Week Kick Start Grant Guidelines.

Download the Draft Kick Start grant application form. This is for drafting applications only.

All applications must be submitted using the online form before the deadline. We cannot consider applications sent by email.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

The deadline for applications was 5pm, 11 November 2019.

Please allow plenty of time to complete the form. We cannot consider applications received after this time.

UPDATE: When you click submit at the end of the form your application will be sent to us. Please, only click submit once. There is no confirmation screen at the end of the form but you should receive an email confirming we have received your application.