Kick Start Grants

Kick Start Grants help schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own activities and events as part of British Science Week.

Grant applications for British Science Week 2022 are now closed


The deadline for applications was 5pm on Monday 8 November 2021. We are unable to accept any further Kick Start Grant applications for British Science Week 2022.

Our mission

Is your school keen to run events for British Science Week, but in need of a helping hand?

With the support of UK Research and Innovation, we provide Kick Start Grants to help schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own activities and events during British Science Week. The aim of the grants scheme is to engage children who might not otherwise choose to participate in science, and to promote cross-curricular learning. All kinds of events and activities are eligible for support! 

Looking for inspiration?

Take a look at our Kick Start Grant case studies!

Find out how other schools celebrated British Science Week in previous years with the help of Kick Start Grants, and gather inspiration for your own events and activities in 2022 and beyond. 

Types of grants 

  • Kick Start Grant

A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week. 

  • Kick Start Youth Grant

A grant of £150 for students aged 10-19 at your school to organise and deliver an activity during British Science Week.  

  • Kick Start More Grant

A grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity that involves your students and the local community. The community can include families/carers, members of local community groups, local businesses and the local press. 

  • Combined Kick Start Grant and Youth Grant

A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity during British Science and an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19. 

You can now apply for both a Kick Start Grant and a Kick Start Youth Grant at the same time, doubling your chances of receiving funding! We may, however, only offer your school one of the two grants, depending on the volume and quality of applications. 


To help you prepare for future applications, check out the Kick Start Grant guidelines for 2022.

We can only accept applications from state-funded, non-selective schools or colleges in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • over 30% of pupils eligible for pupil premium or equivalent. 
  • over 30% of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds. * 
  • small school based in a remote and rural location. ** 

Minority ethnic backgrounds include all pupils who don’t self-describe as White British. It includes Irish, except in Northern Ireland. 

** In a postcode listed as any type of rural area under the government’s Rural Urban classification system. Schools can look up their classification here.  

Our priorities

Wencourage applications for activities or events which align with our priorities, including those that:

  • involve children supported by pupil premium, from minority ethnic backgrounds or with Special Educational Needs.
  • involve children who wouldn’t normally choose to participate in STEM. 
  • challenge stereotypes about science and link to children’s everyday life beyond school. 
  • are cross-curricular and involve teachers, professionals or organisations from outside STEM. 
  • raise awareness of the diverse range of careers that studying STEM subjects can lead to. 
  • have an impact on STEM activities throughout the year, e.g., staff CPD or the launch of a new STEM initiative in your school. 

In your application, be sure to explain as best as you can why your school would make excellent use of the Kick Start Grant.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].