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How to apply

The application process is in two stages. The first stage will open at the beginning of February and will close at the beginning of March. No new applications will be allowed once stage 1 has closed. Stage 1 must be started by the teacher (the primary applicant) and the STEM partner will then be invited to contribute to the application. Stage 1 has been designed to allow teachers to submit an expression of interest and is not meant to take a significant amount of time.

In stage 1, applicants will be required to submit:

  • School contact details
  • STEM partner details
  • a brief project overview

Once stage 1 has been submitted the information will undergo our eligibility checks. If successful, the application will be moved to stage 2.

In stage 2 of the application, further details will be required about the project including:

  • financial information
  • student participation 
  • a detailed project plan

Stage 2 will close at the end of March.

Submitted applications will then be sent to our Partnership Grants judging panel. Each application will be reviewed by at least two panel members and the decisions of the panel are final. The judging and decision process runs from April to July.

The results of the funding round will be announced in July and all successful applicants will be notified. 

Successful applicants will then have from July until October to complete all administrative aspects (see below) and sign the required documentation. The money for the projects will be awarded during this time and schools will be able to start their projects from October of the new academic year. Therefore the start date of your project must be for the new academic year and not for the current academic year.


In order to process your grant there are numerous pieces of paperwork that need to be completed including an agreement form and a new supplier form. Both of these require input from your Principal/Head teacher and your Finance department. Please ensure that they are aware that there will be actions that they need to complete if successful.

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