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 2021 are now closed.

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
    • 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*

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.

Case studies

To help you develop your application, you might find it useful to take a look through our booklet of case studies featuring schools who took part in British Science Week in 2020.

Download the case studies booklet

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. challenge stereotypes about science, and link it to children’s everyday life beyond school;
  4. are cross-curricular and involve teachers, professionals or organisations from outside STEM; 
  5. raise awareness of the diverse range of careers studying STEM subjects can lead to;   
  6. 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.

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 [email protected]

The deadline for applications was 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

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