Applications for British Science Week 2023 grants are open!


Exciting news… our British Science Week 2023 grants are now open for applications!

Our Kick Start Grants and Community Grants provide schools and community groups respectively funds to organise and run their own events and activities during British Science Week, which is coming up (10-19 March 2023). Supported by UK Research and Innovation, these grants are targeted at audiences who would not usually engage and get hands on with science, to allow them to participate and enjoy this annual celebration of all things STEM.

Kick Start Grants

If you would love to get your students and the wider school community involved in British Science Week but are on a tight budget, then our Kick Start Grants of between £150 and £700 could be for you. These grants enable schools in challenging circumstances to devise and run their own events and activities as part of British Science Week, and show their pupils and students how wide-ranging science is; there’s something for everyone.

We particularly welcome applications for projects that are cross-curricular, which challenge science stereotypes, and engage students who are otherwise underrepresented in science. For inspiration, take a look at our Kick Start Grants case studies to see how schools made the most of the funding during the latest British Science Week. Feel free to use the theme for British Science Week 2023 ‘Connections’ as inspiration for your events, although there is no obligation to!

To be eligible for a grant, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria:

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

All eligible state-funded schools are welcome to apply for any of the Kick Start Grants.

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, be sure to consult the latest Kick Start Grants 2023 guidelines.

Community Grants

Our Community Grants are designed to help community groups engage their audiences with science in ways that are tailor-made to fit them; there is no right or wrong way. We’re offering grants of £500 and £1000 to support these groups to run their own events and activities for British Science Week 2023, expanding the number of people who enjoy and take part in science.

Science is so brilliantly broad, that knowing where to start with planning an event can be tricky, but a drop of inspiration can work wonders. Read our Community Grants case studies to discover how other community groups used the funding to support their own activities and events during British Science Week 2021.

To be eligible, applicants must represent a community-based group, club or organisation that works directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity. The Community Grants 2023 guidelines gives you all the information you need regarding eligibility and how to apply, please read these before putting together an application.

Applications for both Kick Start Grants and Community Grants close sharp at midnight on Monday 7 November 2022.

Applications will need to be submitted via our online forms. Please visit the Grants page to apply.

If you plan to run an event during British Science Week, remember to let us know by registering it on the Science Live website! You can also keep up with all the goings on and the 2023 build-up by following British Science Week on Twitter and Facebook.