Schools grant scheme

The schools grant scheme is currently closed to applications.

Grants of £500- £10,000 are available to support work with:

  • students in years 9-13
  • living in identified target areas with low HE participation in East Anglia

The funding is provided through a competitive application process. Please read the guidance about eligibility and selection criteria below before making an application.


Applications will only be accepted through our online application system.

Download a sample application form to help you plan your application.

How to apply


If you have any questions about the funding or application process, or would like to discuss your project idea prior to submitting an application,  please get in touch with us at funding@takeyourplace.ac.uk.

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We anticipate that applications will be accepted until Summer 2018. However the funding pot is limited, so you are advised to apply at the earliest available opportunity.

For applications under £2,000, you should hear the outcome of your application within four weeks of submission.

For applications between £2,000- £10,000,  you should hear the outcome of your application within eight weeks of submission.

All projects funded through the schools grant scheme must be completed by 30 November 2018. 

Timelines


Eligibility

The grant scheme is open to neaco target schools and sixth form colleges that have signed an agreement to engage with the project. A member of school staff may apply on behalf of the school/college.

Schools and sixth form colleges may make multiple applications, but the maximum grant funding available to an institution is £10,000. Unless otherwise advised, unsuccessful applications should not be re-submitted without significant changes.

Partner FE Colleges are not eligible to apply.


Selection criteria

All applications will be judged on the following criteria and should clearly demonstrate:

  • How you will target young people in the age range 13-19 (years 9-14) or their parents
  • How you will target activity towards students living in neaco target wards
    You can use our postcode tool to check which students at your school live in target wards.
  • How data will be collected from participants to enable tracking and evaluation
    neaco will provide forms and templates to enable data collection and help ensure compliance with data protection legislation.
  • How your approach will contribute to increasing the awareness of target students from your school about Higher Education options and its benefits. This may include any course of prescribed HE, whatever the mode of study (HND, HNC, foundation degree, degree, higher apprenticeship)
  • How your approach will be an effective use of the funding. Collaborative applications bringing together multiple schools are particularly encouraged, however the maximum funding awarded will be £10,000

Restrictions on funding

Grants will not be awarded to:

  • projects which aim to deliver the curriculum, or to cover the cost of textbooks or equipment required to deliver the curriculum in schools
  • fund an existing programme of activities. Funding may be used to expand or enhance an existing programme but cannot replace funding for an existing activity
  • cover the cost of hardware, apparatus or equipment such as cameras or computers etc, unless it is shown to be integral to the project, will be used beyond the project lifetime to support progression to HE and does not make up the majority of the project costs
  • large competition prizes
  • on-going salary costs or recruitment to new roles. Funding may be used to cover the costs of existing staff time, as long as the funding does not constitute the majority of the staff member's salary
  • projects where neaco funding does not significantly enhance the activity

Finance, reporting and evaluation

For grants under £2,000, successful applicants will:

  • agree to our terms and conditions on the application form
  • be paid after submission of a suitable invoice, at the beginning of the project
  • complete a short feedback form at the end of the project
  • comply with our evaluation and data collection requirements, using forms and templates provided below
  • acknowledge neaco in any press releases, and use our logo on any marketing materials produced, either in print or online

For grants of between £2,001- £10,000, successful applicants will:

  • be paid in installments, to an agreed schedule
  • complete a short feedback form (provided by neaco) ahead of payments, and at the end of the project
  • be required to sign a legal agreement with the University of Cambridge, as the lead institution for the neaco project
  • comply with our evaluation and data collection requirements, using forms and templates provided below
  • acknowledge neaco in any press releases, and use our logo on any marketing materials produced, either in print or online

Resources for successful applicants