STEM Intervention Access Grants

A programme of grants to support schools in providing STEM experiences for their learners

Our grants programme has been designed to support schools to access interventions which will raise awareness of the importance of STEM, though particular consideration will be given to activities with a focus on the materials cycle and our transition to a low carbon, resilient and resource efficient society, and applications from schools with a high proportion of learners from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

Each year a maximum of fifteen grants of up to £350 will be made and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis to applications which fulfil the awarding criteria.


STEM intervention grant programme is open to primary and secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges, and applications from institutions with a high proportion of learners from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Institutions may apply for a grant once each year, but preference will be given to those applying for the first time.

Retrospective applications will not be considered.

What will the grants cover?

The STEM Intervention Grants can be used to cover supply cover, transport, entrance tickets or other reasonable expenses associated with taking a group of young people to activities including (but not limited to):

  • IOM3 events for schools such as Materials Matter and Magic of Materials
  • National, regional or local STEM showcase events, for example, the Big Bang Fair
  • STEM events hosted by a local university, for example, sixth form lectures

Applications for a grant to facilitate a visit to school from an external provider, or to allow a teacher to attend a CPD course will also be considered if the activity relates to the materials cycle.


What is the awarding panel looking for?

The awarding panel are looking for applications that provide strong opportunities to enrich and enhance learners’ understanding of topics related to the materials cycle.  Particular consideration will be given to applications from institutions with a high proportion of learners from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

A detailed breakdown of how the funding will be used is required along with strong support from the school senior leadership team.

The application criteria will be reviewed on an annual basis.

How to apply

To apply for the grant please complete click on the Enter/Apply button.

This requires:

  • Information about the event/activity that you are planning to attend and how this will benefit your learners.
  • The number and age group of the learners that will access the intervention.
  • The date of the event you wish to attend
  • The amount of funding you are applying for, a detailed budget of how this will be spent and information regarding applications you have made to other funding sources. 
  • Information in relation to the proportion of learners at your institution that qualify for pupil premium and free school meals, and for whom English is not their first language.
  • A supporting statement from a member of your Senior Leadership Team.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

Applications are welcomed throughout the year.

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful in receiving funding within 20 days of the receipt of application. 

Successful applicants will be advised how much funding has been allocated.

How will funding be provided?

Funding will be paid through the applicant’s organisation, usually by bank transfer.