british science week 2021British Science Week 2021 will be held between the 5th and 14th of March next year. However, funding, which is being made available through the British Science Association Kick Start Grants, needs applications to be made during the next couple of weeks. The 2021 theme for science week is Innovating for the future.

The following quotation was taken from an email I received:

Apply now for funding for your school for a British Science Week 2021 activity!
Did you know that you can apply now for a grant of up to £700 for a school activity during British Science Week, 5-14 March 2021?

Our Kick Start Grants scheme offers schools with a high proportion of students eligible for pupil premium, a high proportion of students from a Black or ethnic minority background, or schools that are based in a rural or remote setting an extra pot of funding to help you and your colleagues make next year’s British Science Week even more special for your students.” (British Science Association)

The Kick Start grants available are:

  • Kick Start Youth grant of £150 for school activities organised by students
  • Kick Start grant of £300 for school-organised activities
  • Kick Start More grant of £700 for school activities involving the local community

Applications need to be made by 17.00 on Monday 9 November 2020. Download the guidelines for the best chance of achieving success as the criteria is very strict.

We’re especially keen for applications for activities that will engage children who don’t usually choose to do a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subject, or that challenge science stereotypes; plus cross-curricular activities. You don’t need to run an event, lots of different types of activities, resources and equipment are eligible!

We understand it could be a little more difficult with social distancing restrictions, but there are lots of ways to still run a successful activity. For example: organising a quiz about some of our amazing everyday stereotype-smashing scientists, or holding a virtual event that includes a live chat with a real life scientist.” (British Science Association)

There is a free activity pack full of ideas which will be available from November.

Good luck with your application.

British Science Week 2021