School Grants Scheme

Awards grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. 


Run jointly by the Institute of Physics, Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Science & Technology Facilities Council, this fund invites proposals that get young people excited about physics and engineering. Awards are made for the following:

  • materials and resources
  • transport
  • marketing and publicity
  • other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges
  • supply cover (in certain circumstances)
Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme

We particularly encourage proposals that look at: 

  • particle physics
  • astronomy
  • space and nuclear physics
  • energy
  • transport
  • information and communications
  • design and promotion
  • built environment

We welcome proposals that demonstrate a high level of cost effectiveness. 

Who can apply

Schools, colleges or home school groups based in the UK and Ireland.

How much you can apply for

  • You can apply for up to £600. We will not normally fund projects if our contribution is a small proportion of your project costs.
  • If you are applying for a grant for a bought-in activity or show, your application will be stronger if you integrate those activities with a wider project.

Eligibility criteria 

  • You must submit your application yourself and not via a third party provider.
  • Your application must be unique and applicable to your school, college or home school group. We will not accept cloned or copied applications.
  • Your application must be for costs associated with a new project. We will not fund costs for sustaining an existing project or a repeat application.
  • Your project must directly involve pupils. We will not fund activities such as teacher CPD.
  • Your project must add value over and above basic curriculum requirements. We will not fund equipment or materials needed for lessons to deliver the curriculum.
  • If you have applied for and received a grant within the last three years, you will need to complete and return an evaluation form alongside your application.

How to apply

  • Download an application form (PDF, 198KB) and email it to: schoolgrants@iop.org.
  • If you have applied and received funding before, you also need to submit an evaluation form (PDF, 616KB). If you have previously submitted an evaluation please attach this again.
  • You will receive a confirmation email confirming your submission. If successful you will be required to provide your school bank information and finance contact.
  • Allow up to five weeks from the closing date for a decision. 

Deadlines for applications

  • 1 February (for projects taking place in the following summer term)
  • 1 June (for projects taking place in the following autumn term)
  • 1 November (for projects taking place in the following spring term)

More information

Email: schoolgrants@iop.org