Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help children get into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (application deadline: Wednesday 27th March 2024)

National Grid and Localgiving are providing £250,000 of funding for groups that inspire children to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and go beyond what is covered by the regular school curriculum.

The Community Matters Fund (STEM Educational Support) seeks to support groups of young people in economically disadvantaged communities and those who are marginalised and underrepresented within STEM.

National Grid provides electricity to eight million customers across the Midlands, South West England, and South Wales. Funding is available for registered charities, charitable companies, unregistered community organisations, and statutory bodies based in these locations who are supporting households experiencing fuel poverty.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for registered charities and non-profit companies, and unregistered community organisations can apply for up to £2,000.

To be successful, projects need to meet at least one of the following themes:

o Open the eyes of a new generation to the exciting possibilities of a career in STEM, for example, projects that bring the area to life in a lively and engaging way.
o Inspire further confidence and widen the skills of those already interested in STEM, for example via hands-on workshops and interactive experiments, and/or
o Break down barriers with access to tools, time, and resources for those for whom STEM’s potential may be unfamiliar, for example, launching after-school coding clubs or giving access to 3D printers.

Applications opened on Wednesday 6 March and close on Wednesday 27th March 2024. Grants will be distributed in April 2024.

Please note that any grants awarded must be spent and projects delivered by Friday 26th July 2024.

Source: UK Fundraising