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Grants for Schools

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 30 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Schools in the UK are mainly funded through LEA funding. Schools are usually able to spend the majority of their funding as they see fit and as best meets their needs and those of the students.

Additional to this funding, however, there are a variety of grants available. These grants for schools are often for a specific purpose and they are offered by a wide range of organisations.

School grant applications will usually need to demonstrate that resources are not available within the school’s current funding.

What Can Schools Get Grants For?

Grants are available for schools so that they can develop and improve in various ways. For example:

  • Schools can apply for grants for equipment such as books, stationery and resources.
  • Grants are available for schools to stage events or organise trips.
  • Grant money is available to develop certain subject areas such as music, art or science.
  • Schools may apply for grants to develop, improve or expand their building, grounds and facilities.
  • Sports grants are available to promote exercise and sporting activities for young people.
  • Environmental school grants are on offer to promote the use of green technologies and renewable energy in schools.
  • ICT grants to develop schools’ IT resources.
  • Some grants provide money for childcare and health and social care facilities within schools.

Who Provides Grants for School?

Grants for schools are on offer from both large and small organisations. Some of the main school grants on offer are available from:

  • Lottery Funding – This includes funds from National Heritage, the Arts Council and the Sports Council.
  • European Funding – This includes funding from Structural Funds, Community Initiatives and Community Action Programmes.
  • Single Regeneration Budget – These funds are intended to support regeneration initiatives, for example schemes which create employment, develop skills or have a positive environmental impact.
  • Trust Funds – There are a number of UK trust funds which give out small or local awards to fund various school equipment and resource needs.
  • Private company and charity grants – A number of private and commercial companies and charities offer grants for schools. Examples are the Foyle Foundation and the Tree Council.

Some school grants are offered ‘in kind’ rather than through funding, for example in the form of land, buildings or capital.

Finding out about Grants for Schools

Finding out about grants for schools is not always easy. One way to find out about the latest grant opportunities is to compile a list of resources – places which annually or regularly offer school grants – and check them regularly. Use the sources listed above as a good starting point for your research.

Sign up to grants websites which provide alerts and regular newsletters on the latest funding opportunities.

There are sites such as the Grants4schools website which provide a central resource for school grant information. These sites do charge a fee but offer a centralised information resource which many schools find valuable. Searchable grant databases, calls for proposal alerts and deadline reminders can save schools time and money.

Information on trusts which offer school grants and funding opportunities is available from the Charities Aid Foundation Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

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Hi everyone, as I can see everyone here mostly are looking for financial assistance , I too if possible for anyone interested, I can accommodate land and am looking for any financial assistance too to build schools in urban and rural areas in Tanzania and if anyone is willing to help me I can arrange everything and express my ideas coz am tired seen how young childrens having no future I wish I could be having enough money to build a sharp good school for them to have the educating we have. Am a master student in actuarial science heriot watt 2016/2017..Any advice help will be appreciated.
Malya - 30-May-17 @ 2:14 AM
Hi I am a full time government officer and having been to studies in High School in New Zealand public High school and employed in my country government office I see the need to provide that high level of education system in my country. For start I would like to build a high school that will use and international government education eg NZ Qualification Authority etc. therefore I am seeking for financial assistance for start and later my government can fund. I have huge land that can accommodate the whole boarding facilities. Thanks for any comments and opportunities of assistance fort coming.
Leader - 25-Apr-17 @ 8:46 AM
Revelation Children's Ministry International (RCMI), is a Ugandan non-profit, we have open up a nursery, primary and technical school to support the orphans and needy children in Uganda andwe are currently working on a project of constructing classrooms and dominatrices . This will serve 3000+ orphans and needy children in our community. We are writing to you to inquire about the potential of paternership for the purpose working together to raise fund to support our projects We would like to know if RCMI qualifies for this type of paternship and if we could receive more information. Please let us know. Thanks! Michael and Esther
mik3 - 4-Apr-17 @ 2:00 PM
Hi,I am studying my UG in Narasaraopet,Andhra pradesh.As i am a poor class from birth,i studied at government schols and government colleges till my intermediate.But now as i joined in UG in a private college,my parents are not in a stste of paying my fee.I have many problems regarding my family.as i am a merit student in studies,i am unable to concentrare on my studies due to my financial proflems.I hope that you will help me.This is not only a request by a student....this is a hope of a family.Please help me........
Venky - 23-Mar-17 @ 5:37 AM
Hie, l am a 20 year old Zimbabwean and l wrote my advanced level last year and would like to ask for funding to pay for my school fees owing for last year so that l collect my results.My parents divorced in 2015 and lmy mother is not able to pay for my fees.I am also in need of money to pay for my university l want to study with Copperbelt school of mines in Zambia.l will be grateful if you help me.
PEACY - 20-Mar-17 @ 9:39 AM
I am a 16 year old student doing my form four at Herentials group of colleges in Bulawayo seeking for financial help to pay for my school fees and examination fees.I will be happy if anyone helps me my Dad died on a car accident when l was in grade 7 and my aunt who was paying for me lost her job last year now l have no one to pay for me.Thank you
PETTY - 20-Mar-17 @ 9:31 AM
Hi I need help for my younger brother school fee in order for him to continue His study,The main issue is because our parent has passed away since childhood so I cannot afford His School fee,He properly finnished his study in 2 more years.so Im looking for funds if possible
Tyty - 11-Mar-17 @ 2:27 AM
i'm studying mbbs in lahore pakistan.my parents can't afford my fee.i'm studying in private medical college.kindly grant me some donation so that i can pay my college fee.
zohaib - 8-Mar-17 @ 1:57 PM
Hi i am Evans Mogere Omonyi , i am 23 years old i completed my secondary education the year 2012 and i passedasresult iexpected to join university to further my education so that i can be to settle down family financial sattusof which up to the moment isdream, am single parentedonly my father is alive even though HE IS INSANEhe doesnottake any parental responsibility because of hismental status i therefore request for kind of assistance so that i canproceed with my university education dream to make it reality. anybody interested just help thanks
Mogere - 5-Dec-16 @ 7:47 AM
Hi just wondering of and advice, support in direction to possibly apply for some funding. The school is situated in remote place in India. The students financial statues is very low. We are looking fro some funds for the good infrastructure. Please help me in our dare need with your financial support. looking forward for your generous support. Thank you . God bless you.
THERES MARY - 18-Nov-16 @ 9:25 AM
Hi there, I went to a technology conference this week and was really inspired by the virtual reality headsets they had there, would love to get some for cross-curricular work within school. Is there somewhere you could point me in the right direction to raise some money to go towards the purchase of some? Many thanks, Katie
FroggattK - 14-Nov-16 @ 6:53 PM
Please can you help. I am looking for funding options for a new classroom for an academy school. The school was nearly shut down a few years ago to not enough pupils. But now it's at capacity and bursting at the seems. Currently we have a class of 30 taking lessons in any space that is free as they do not have a fixed classroom. The Council currently do not have the funds to help us develop this school
Lianne - 12-Oct-16 @ 8:28 PM
Hello,iam a primary school teacher in kenya.I would like you to renovate our school.broken widows. Uncemented doors and good modern toilets.currently our boys have no toilets.
Elsie - 9-Oct-16 @ 8:53 PM
Luci - Your Question:
Hi, our son has been going to private school since reception and last year he moved to a secondary school, he is currently in year 8, we have always paid for the school fees, however, we are now facing financial difficulties and have approached the school regarding bursary, but have been told that we should have requested one when we applied for the school. We have been unable to pay the school since April this year and are desperately trying to resolve this issue in order to keep our son there.My question is, is there any institution in the UK that offers school fee financial assistance for families like us that always paid for private education and because of the change in the circumstances are unable to carry on paying? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you and kind regards,

Our Response:
I can only direct you to the link: Applying for Funding from an Educational Charity here. Dependent upon your financial circumstances and whether your financial situation is likely to improve, your school may have a hardship bursary. These are short term and are designed to tide parents over so pupils can remain at the school.
FundingEducation - 7-Sep-16 @ 12:27 PM
Hi, our son has been going to private school since reception and last year he moved to a secondary school, he is currently in year 8, we have always paid for the school fees, however, we are now facing financial difficulties and have approached the school regarding bursary, but have been told that we should have requestedone when we applied for the school.We have been unable to pay the school since Aprilthis year and are desperately trying to resolve this issue in order to keep our son there. My question is, is there any institution in the UK that offers school fee financial assistance for families like us that always paid for private education and because of the change in the circumstances are unable to carry on paying? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you and kind regards,
Luci - 6-Sep-16 @ 6:20 PM
Hi,Am a kenyan born total orphan in kisumu struggling with life especially to pay for my education.I have managed to pay part of the fee and currently have a balance whuch is proving somehow tuff for me.My request is that if you can help me finish pay my education through my humble plea.
kc - 18-Aug-16 @ 8:30 AM
Hi. Anyone got any advice as to where to try for a grant to improve an outdoor learning space for children in reception classes. We have a tatty area which needs a big injection of cash to improve it and make it safe. We are a large primary school in Hastings. We support a high proportion of disadvantaged children and those with English as a second language. Our current space has proved invaluable in supporting their development. It has a dedicated full time member of staff who runs the outdoor space all year round. All weathers. However we desperately need to make changes in order to continue to make a difference
Pin - 1-Jul-16 @ 5:44 PM
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Austine - 1-May-16 @ 10:38 AM
Am raising two orphans in my house Andrew Dzankambani aged 15 and Raphael Zalimba aged 13, both lost both parents at a tender age, both are still at primary school, i run a small business but can't meet all they needs, since i have my two daughters also, so am looking for any well wishers else where, who can help me to make these guys bread winners someday
master minder - 22-Feb-16 @ 7:57 AM
I am a Kenyan. who have have set up a primary school to help raise the standard of education in Kenya. I am seeking a apartner. who can help me pursue this vital community service. I am willing to go any mile. and see the community standard is realized.
charles - 31-Jan-16 @ 3:54 PM
Glazey - Your Question:
Hi there, I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction? I'm looking to find funding to support a build at our CofE primary school. We currently have an old mobile which houses 30children. We would like to replace this with a new build. Our LA does not have funds available but has offered a loan but we would need to find the outstanding amount. Could you point me in the right direction. Many thanks

Our Response:
In the first instance, I suggest approaching Grants4Schools via the link here. I hope this helps.
FundingEducation - 13-Jan-16 @ 12:02 PM
Hi there, I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction? I'm looking to find funding to support a build at our CofE primary school. We currently have an old mobile which houses 30children. We would like to replace this with a new build. Our LA does not have funds available but has offered a loan but we would need to find the outstanding amount. Could you point me in the right direction. Many thanks
Glazey - 12-Jan-16 @ 6:27 PM
Brian - Your Question:
Hi I am in need of a grant that will help e finish my course. Student finance refused to pay for my first year citing that I had already studied for two years in higher education. I tried to explain to them that the reason a one yer course took two years was because I had to do it part time as they had refused to fund me so I had to work and study for the course that would facilitate my going to University and study Computer Science.I am now in my final year of the course and yesterday I was told I could not continue if I did not pay at least £1000 by friday as I had not paid anything since august but trying to explain that my University schedule does not allow me enough time to work to be able to afford rent and tution fees of £300 a month did not help my case at all.I am in dire need of the initial £1000 so that I can continue with my studies which have five months only left to go

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here which may help.
FundingEducation - 3-Dec-15 @ 11:21 AM
Hi I am in need of a grant that will help e finish my course. Student finance refused to pay for my first year citing that i had already studied for two years in higher education. I tried to explain to them that the reasona one yer course took two years was because i had to do it part time as they had refused to fund me so i had to work and study for the course that would facilitate my going to University and study Computer Science.I am now in my final year of the course and yesterday i was told i could not continue if i did not pay at least £1000 by friday as i had not paid anything since august but trying to explain that my Universityschedule does not allow me enough time to work to be able to afford rentand tution fees of £300 a monthdid not help my case at all.I am in dire need of the initial £1000 so that i can continue with my studies which have five months only left to go
Brian - 2-Dec-15 @ 6:38 PM
St Aloysius girls secondary school the home of catholic values started daughters of Mary sisters in 1954 and the congregation it self was established in 1910 by white missonaries fathers from Holland and France. On behalf of mother General of the congregation and the Bishop of Diocease in Masaka requesting a construction grant in oder to put up 5 classroom block to create a conduciv learning environmet Kind regards
KI - 19-Nov-15 @ 10:22 PM
Nathan - Your Question:
I am trying to find a chartie that help me get a grant for my sons Jason aged 15 and Nathan 13.jason as the been to school properly since he was he has been bullied tormented and he use to be such a happy boy now he's miserable unhappy and sad all the time all he wanted to do is to be put in a room on own to do his work but the refused and let us down now I'm facing going to prison because he couldn't go to school the education taking me to court and asking for prison I'm scared I have 5children 3 have amnixty and sorry I can't spell that word Jason is under kamh for children but this isn't enough I can't afford to pay for home tutoring Nathan as gobel deleveoently delay he got left down by the system he was put in main stream school at 5and he's 13now he still can't read or write they put in a special school now but he won't go he scared and doesn't like it it's effected him he's got very angry and can't help it he wasn't like this before he refusing to ever go back he frightened of the children normal high school can't have him they have the teachers or staff that cud help jim I want him home tutored too my boys are so unhappy and all the education want to do is punish us more my family have been though hell these last 6 and half years their father hanged himself and it's completely destroyed me and my children he did on the 23th December nearly 7years ago I just want for them we get tormented at home some nights by naughty kids my kids only have me and I have poor health now I can't run after them if they run off because I c.o.p.d lung desse all I want is help to make children happy again Jason lost loads of weight because of people bullying him and talking about wot his dad done we are trying to move forward but can't children can be cruel at times to my children please could you help find me a charity that can help me get a grant for my children thankyou

Our Response:
I'm afraid I can't recommend a charity, but it may be advisable for you to speak to someone directly such as Family Lives, link here who may be able to offer some support and point you in the right direction.
FundingEducation - 17-Nov-15 @ 2:25 PM
I am trying to find a chartie that help me get a grant for my sonsJasonaged 15 and Nathan 13 .jason as the been to school properly since he was he has beenbullied tormented and he use to be such a happy boy now he's miserable unhappy and sad all the time all he wanted to do is to be put in a room on own to do his work but the refused andlet us down now I'm facing going to prison because he couldn'tgo to school the education taking me to court and asking for prison I'm scared I have 5children 3 have amnixty and sorry I can't spell that wordJason is under kamhfor childrenbut this isn't enoughI can't afford to pay for home tutoringNathan as gobel deleveoently delay he got left down by the system he was put in main stream schoolat 5and he's 13now he still can't read or write they put in a special school now but he won't go he scared and doesn't like it it's effected him he's got very angry and can't help it he wasn't like this before he refusing to ever go back he frightened of the children normal high school can't have him they have the teachers or staff that cud help jim I want him home tutored too my boys are so unhappy and all the education want to do is punish us moremy family have been though hell these last 6 and half years their father hanged himself and it's completely destroyed me and my children he did on the 23th December nearly 7years ago I just want for them we get tormented at home some nights by naughty kids my kids only have me and I have poor health now I can't run after them if they run off because I c.o.p.d lung desse all I want is help to make children happy againJason lost loads of weight because of people bullying him and talking aboutwot his dad done we are trying to move forward but can't children can be cruel at times to my children please could you help find me a charity that can help me get a grant for my children thankyou
Nathan - 17-Nov-15 @ 4:25 AM
Hi. I am a TA in a special school. I am currently studying a degree to qualify in Supporting families and children with special needs. I see the support that families need on a daily basis. Imagine the support children would receive if there were consistencies and support in the home and school environment and how this would impact the children! The head at my school has asked if I could look into funding for the school to offer Family support to the families and children of our school! The impact of the cuts in our school budget means that the school isn't able to fund family support! Therefor I am trying to locate funding for this support to be funded! Looking forward to your reply! Kind regards
BIRD - 9-Nov-15 @ 11:41 PM
Hi I am a Parental Involvement Worker at a school in Bradford. We have a lovely Community Room in which several classes run ranging from Functional Skills for parents to Stay and Play for Parents and Toddlers. The windows of the building are old, single glazed and in the colder parts of the year it is very cold and learners often start missing classes which impacts on the class as a whole. Those who do attend struggle to concentrate in the cold. I am hoping to find a grant that can enable us to fit double glazed windows. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
PIW - 9-Nov-15 @ 2:39 PM
Am Jacob, Am A Kindergerten Teacher, Have Started A Kindegerten School Here In Tanzania Basically To Enable Children From Poor Family Have Access To Early Education. My School Is Operating In Arented House, My Vision Is To Upgrade My School To Include Primary, Secondary And A Level With Boarding Facilities So That Students From Other Region Of Tanzania Can Also Enjoy Studying With Us Today Many Parents Of Tanzania Are Taking Their Kids To Uganda, Kenya Where Their Kids Can Learn English. Am Looking For Any Investor Ready To Fund This Project 100% All Capital Invested In Constructions, LandAnd Purchase Of School Equipements Shall Be Refunded Before We Can Share School Profit. You Are Needed Investors!!
Jac - 13-Oct-15 @ 9:47 PM
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