New £2.5m Curiosity Fund invites applications - BBC Children in Need

Date published: 24/08/2017

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Deadline 22 September 2017 (midnight).

UK based not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support projects which engage disadvantaged children and young people in science based activities that will bring about a positive difference in their lives.

The Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust with the aim of using the power of ‘exciting and engaging’ science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

The funding is intended to support projects which encourage children and young people who are 'disadvantaged' to be curious about the world around them, both inside and out, and make a positive difference in their lives by building their confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.

For the purpose of this fund, beneficiaries are considered disadvantaged if they have:

  • An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect;
  • Any kind of disability;
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties;
  • Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The funding is for activities that will take place between January 2018 and September 2018. Eligible projects should not focus upon ‘teaching’ science in a more fun and hands-on way than children and young people might experience at school, rather children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them.

There is a total funding pot of £2.5 million from which grants of up to £10,000 will be made. It is anticipated that 20 organisations will receive a grant in this first funding round. Groups that miss this first round will likely have an opportunity to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for application.

Applications are currently being invited from not-for-profit organisations that have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18 years. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate. Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or Wellcome Trust can also apply.

Further information can be found on the BBC Children in Need website.

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