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The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme


Science Grant Scheme Introduction

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In the 2016-17 school year, the Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) is available to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries* and special schools in the following areas:

*Please note this does not include partnership nurseries or PVI nurseries with government funded places.

Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway
East Ayrshire
West Dunbartonshire

England
Hartlepool
Lincolnshire
Middlesbrough
Sunderland

Wales
Merthyr Tydfil
Rhondda Cynon Taf

Northern Ireland
Belfast
Derry/Londonderry & Strabane

The Edina Trust science grant scheme is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school in these areas to get the full amount. The SGS runs in each area for three years, before moving on to a new area. See below to find out which year your school's area is in.

Main Grant for "full" Primary Schools* and ASN Schools
500 per year towards a science project. This adds up to 1,500 over the three-year scheme.
*'Full' Primary Schools have both infant and junior pupils.

Half Grant for Infant and Junior Schools
250 per school year towards a science project (i.e. 750 over three years).

One-off grant for Nurseries
One-off 350 grant at any point during the three year scheme. This includes stand-alone nursery schools and nursery classes within schools. A school may also spend more on their nursery using the main grant, if desired.

How the grant can be used

If you are in need of inspiration, take a look at some examples of what the Edina Trust will fund:

  1. school science weeks
  2. scientific visits including trips out of, or visits to, the school
  3. purchase of science equipment
  4. improving the school's grounds for science
  5. gardening resources (maximum grant of 350)
  6. science subscriptions

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 the administrator for your area. You can find the correct email address on our "Contact Us" page.

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.

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


Eligible schools:

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  1. Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and Strabane: The 2016-17 school year is the first year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Belfast, and Derry/Londonderry and Strabane.

  2. Dumfries and Galloway: The 2016-17 school year is the first year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Dumfries and Galloway. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, Brian Redman.

  3. East Ayrshire: The 2016-17 school year is the first year the Science Grant Scheme will run in East Ayrshire. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, Liz Wilson.

  4. Lincolnshire: The 2016-17 school year is the second year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Lincolnshire. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, Jane Banham.

  5. West Dunbartonshire: The 2016-17 school year is the second year the Science Grant Scheme will run in West Dunbartonshire. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, Liz Wilson.

  6. Hartlepool: The 2016-17 school year is the FINAL year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Hartlepool. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, John Harpin.

  7. Merthyr Tydfil:The 2016-17 school year is the FINAL year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Merthyr Tydfil. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, David Thomas.

  8. Middlesbrough: The 2016-17 school year is the FINAL year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Middlesbrough. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, John Harpin.

  9. Rhondda Cynon Taff: The 2016-17 school year is the FINAL year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Rhondda Cynon Taf. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, David Thomas.

  10. Sunderland: The 2016-17 school year is the FINAL year the Science Grant Scheme will run in Sunderland. For advice about how to use the grant, please contact our consultant, Geraldine Johnson.

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


    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 report form, .doc or .pdf, 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 with the 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 and ran for seven years. The Edina Trust offered grants to every state funded primary school in Lancashire, and funded 944 projects in total. Please visit our science project pages for examples of science projects funded in Lancashire.

    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 school year. 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 South Lanarkshire in the 2011-12 school year. 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.

    10. Dundee City: The scheme began in Dundee in 2013 and lasted three years. In this time the Edina Trust funded 96 projects. Edina continues to support Dundee Science Centre e.g. through the annual Dundee Science Festival.

    11. Inverclyde: The scheme piloted in Inverclyde in 2013 and lasted three years. ALL eligible schools received at least one grant with a total of 94 projects funded.

    12. Renfrewshire: The scheme piloted in Renfrewshire in 2013 and lasted three years. ALL eligible schools received at least one grant and most schools received all three. A total of 217 projects were funded in Renfrewshire.

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