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The Science Grant Scheme


Science Grant Scheme Introduction:

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The Science Grant Scheme is changing. For schools in Hartlepool, Lincolnshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Sunderland and West Dunbartonshire please click here for the new Science Grant Scheme policies.

Schools in Dundee City, Inverclyde, Lancashire and Renfrewshire will be eligible under the original Science Grant Scheme policies until the end of their allotted 3 year scheme.

The Edina Trust science grant scheme provides grants of up to 550 for primary schools to fund a science project. The Edina Trust science grant scheme is a non-competitive grant scheme. A science grant scheme is run in an area and every eligible state primary school in that area can apply for a grant of up to 550 towards a science project. A school's application can include funding for school gardening resources, that is limited to 350. A combined science and gardening grant can be applied for up to a maximum of 550.

2014-15 School Year:

The Edina Trust's science grant scheme is available to select primary schools in Dundee City, Inverclyde, Lancashire and Renfrewshire during the 2015-16 school year. Information concerning how to apply for a grant, which schools are eligible and our scheme's history are listed below.
The Science Grant Scheme will provide grants of up to 550 for:

  1. full-school science weeks
  2. scientific visits for trips out of, or visits to, the school
  3. purchase of science equipment (please note, the Trust will not fund iPads)
  4. improving school grounds for science
  5. gardening resources (maximum grant of 350)
  6. science subscriptions
  7. or subsidy for Lancashire County Council CPD courses

How to apply:

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We have a simple application process. Schools are asked to provide: a brief project description, a breakdown of costs, a project date, and pupil numbers.
For more details on filling out our application form click here.

To apply for a grant please email one of the following addresses for an application form:

Inverclyde schools: grace.evans@edinatrust.org.uk
Dundee City and Lancashire schools: emma.davis@edinatrust.org.uk
Renfrewshire schools: samantha.moore@edinatrust.org.uk

Schools that receive a grant will be asked to provide a short report about the funded activities/items.
The Edina Trust has set aside sufficient resources so that schools applying later in the school year will not be disadvantaged. However, please be aware that the Trust does not fund projects retrospectively.


Eligible schools:

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  1. Lancashire: The 2015-16 school year is the seventh year the science grant scheme will run in Lancashire LEA. 156 state primary schools will participate in the scheme. The primary schools involved in the fifth year and sixth year of the scheme can apply again. This scheme will close after the 2015-16 school year.
    For more information concerning the Lancashire scheme, please contact our consultant, Shehnaz Vorajee.

  2. Inverclyde: The 2015-16 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in Inverclyde. All state primary schools in Inverclyde are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the Inverclyde scheme, please contact our consultant, Tom Clark

  3. Renfrewshire: The 2015-16 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in Renfrewshire. All state primary schools in Renfrewshire are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the Renfrewshire scheme, please contact our consultant, Liz Wilson

  4. Dundee City: The 2015-16 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in Dundee City. All state primary schools in Dundee City are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the Dundee City scheme, please contact our consultant, Marian Wain

    Please see our Newsletters page for further information on the Science Grant Scheme in your area.

    Also available is our Archive for previous SGS Newsletters for the current Science Grant Schemes. Please note, the science grant scheme has ended in Conwy, Fife, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Oxfordshire, the Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire.


    SGS reporting:

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    Schools that receive a grant will be asked to provide a short report about the funded activities/items.

    • In the case of gardening/science equipment the report should include details such as: whether the equipment engaged the interest of the pupils, was a useful aid towards teaching the curriculum and whether you would recommend these purchases to other schools.

    • In the case of a science visit, the report should include details such as: whether the visit engaged the interest of the pupils, if it was a useful aid towards teaching the curriculum and whether you would re-book or recommend the visit to other schools.

    • Or science week, describe whether or not you think your project has affected the teaching/learning of science in school, and your pupils' attitudes to science. Also evaluate the visits and workshops: Did they meet your expectations? Did they engage the interest of the pupils? Would you re-book or recommend to other schools?

    Schools can download an electronic copy of the Edina Trust evaluation form but any material generated or pictures taken during the project would also be greatly appreciated.

    Please let us know if you would be willing to share information about this project with other schools via the Edina Trust newsletters and website.

    Please be aware that the Edina Trust will be randomly selecting 5% of schools receiving a grant and requesting to see copies of invoices and receipts for items purchased. The school will be notified in the approval letter that is sent to the schools with their cheque, if they have been selected. Please make sure you read the letter and keep hold of your receipts as necessary.

    Charities are required by their regulators - in the Edina Trust's case, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) - to check that grants are used for the purpose for which they are given.


    SGS history:

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    1. Oxfordshire: The science grant scheme was first piloted in Oxfordshire in the 2006-07 school year. The scheme was available to every state school in Oxfordshire (250 schools) for three school years. The Trust ran a fourth year 'catch up' scheme for those schools that had not accessed the scheme by the end of the three years. Edina funded 496 science projects in 211 schools over the course of the scheme. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in Oxfordshire.

    2. Scottish Borders: The scheme was introduced to the Scottish Borders in the 2007-08 school year. The scheme was available to every state primary school in the Scottish Borders (65 schools) for three school years. Edina funded 244 science projects in 65 schools (100% take up!) over the course of the scheme. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in the Scottish Borders.

    3. Lancashire: The scheme was piloted in Lancashire in the 2009-10 school year. So far, the Edina Trust has funded projects in 357 primary schools. Edina Trust will continue to roll out the scheme to the remaining Lancashire primary schools in the coming years.

    4. Midlothian: The scheme piloted in Midlothian in the 2010-11 school year. The Edina Trust funded has funded projects in ALL 34 schools (100% take up!). Edina funded 97 science projects in 34 schools over the course of the scheme. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in Midlothian.

    5. Fife: The scheme piloted in Fife in the 2010-11 school year. The Edina Trust has funded projects in 151 schools. Edina funded 403 science projects in 151 schools over the course of the scheme. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in Fife.

    6. Conwy: The scheme piloted in Conwy in the 2011-12 school year after success with the Conwy Gardening Scheme. The Edina Trust has funded projects in 44 schools. Edina funded 84 science projects in 44 schools over the course of the scheme.

    7. North Ayrshire: The scheme piloted in North Ayrshire in the 2012-13 school year. The Edina Trust has funded projects in 59 schools. Edina funded 161 science projects in 59 schools over the course of the scheme. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in North Ayrshire.

    8. North Lanarkshire: The scheme piloted in North Lanarkshire in the 2012-13. The Edina Trust has funded projects in 148 schools. Edina funded 349 science projects in 148 schools over the course of the scheme.

    9. South Lanarkshire: The scheme piloted in Conwy in the 2011-12 school year after success with the Conwy Gardening Scheme. The Edina Trust has funded projects in ALL 150 schools (100% take up!). Edina funded 372 science projects in 150 schools over the course of the scheme.

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