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The Science Grant Scheme


Science Grant Scheme Introduction:

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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 a region and every eligible state primary school in that region can apply for a grant of up to 550 towards a science project. A school's application can include funding for a school gardening club, but a gardening club grant is limited to 350. A combined science and gardening club 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, Hartlepool, Inverclyde, Lancashire, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Lanarkshire and Sunderland during the 2014-15 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 clubs (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, and a project date.
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, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire schools: grace.evans@edinatrust.org.uk
Dundee City, Hartlepool, Lancashire, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough and Rhondda Cynon Taff schools: emma.davis@edinatrust.org.uk
North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Sunderland 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 2014-15 school year is the sixth year the science grant scheme will run in Lancashire LEA. 230 state primary schools will participate in the scheme. The primary schools involved in the fourth year and fifth year of the scheme can apply again. We plan to roll the science grant scheme out to the remaining Lancashire primary schools in the coming years.
    For more information concerning the Lancashire scheme, please contact our consultant, Shehnaz Vorajee.

    • Lancashire Science Grant Scheme's Newsletters are available to give more information on the scheme and an update on how other schools have been using their Edina Trust grants: January 2013

  2. North Ayrshire: The 2014-15 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in North Ayrshire. All state primary schools in North Ayrshire are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the North Ayrshire scheme, please contact our consultant, Ian Maclean

    • North Ayrshire Science Grant Scheme's Newsletters are available to give more information on the scheme and an update on how other schools have been using their Edina Trust grants: January 2014 April 2014

  3. North Lanarkshire: The 2014-15 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in North Lanarkshire. All state primary schools in North Lanarkshire are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the North Lanarkshire scheme, please contact our consultant, George Kavanagh

    • North Lanarkshire Science Grant Scheme's Newsletters are available to give more information on the scheme and an update on how other schools have been using their Edina Trust grants:August 2013 May 2014August 2014

  4. South Lanarkshire: The 2014-15 school year is the third year the science grant scheme will run in South Lanarkshire. All state primary schools in South Lanarkshire are eligible to apply for a grant. For more information concerning the South Lanarkshire scheme, please contact our consultant, Noleen Summers

    • South Lanarkshire Science Grant Scheme's Newsletters are available to give more information on the scheme and an update on how other schools have been using their Edina Trust grants: August 2013 May 2014August 2014

  5. Inverclyde: The 2014-15 school year is the second 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

  6. Renfrewshire: The 2014-15 school year is the second 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

    • Renfrewshire Science Grant Scheme's Newsletters are available to give more information on the scheme and an update on how other schools have been using their Edina Trust grants: April 2014

  7. Dundee City: The 2014-15 school year is the second 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 Archive for previous SGS Newsletters for the current Science Grant Schemes. Please note, the science grant scheme has ended in Oxfordshire, Conwy, Fife, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.


    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.

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