School grant scheme

The school grant scheme is now closed for the 18/19 academic year.

Grants of £500 to £2000 were available to support the aspiration and progression of neaco target students to higher education and higher and degree apprenticeships.

Our funding is provided through a competitive application process. guidance about the eligibility and selection criteria of which can be found below.

Applications will only be accepted through our online application system.

To help plan your application, download a sample application form or a blank application form.

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

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We anticipate that applications will be accepted until Summer 2019. However the funding pot is limited, so you are advised to apply at the earliest available opportunity.

All projects funded through the schools grant scheme must be completed by Summer 2019. 

You should hear the outcome of your application within four to six weeks of submission. Following are the dates of each submission phase, grant decision meeting and final decision dates:



More information on the school grants review process.


The grant scheme is open to neaco target schools and 6th 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 6th form colleges may submit multiple applications, each application a maximum of £2000. The maximum grant funding available to an institution in the 2018/19 academic year is £4000. Multiple applications in the same submission phase will be competing against themselves.

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:

  • The aims and objectives of your project and how your programme of activities contributes to neaco’s overall mission of supporting target students informed decision making on their futures and progression to higher education.

  • Your project’s alignment to our values.

  • How you will engage neaco’s primary audience living in our target wards (You can use our postcode tool to check which students at your school live in target wards) and collect participant data to enable our evaluation (neaco will provide forms and templates to enable data collection and ensure compliance with data protection legislation).

  • The experience and ability of those delivering your project to provide a valuable and engaging project to neaco’s target audience and aligned to neaco’s goals.

  • The logistical planning of time and resources to achieve your project and that your approach will be an effective use of the funding. Collaborative applications bringing together multiple schools are particularly encouraged,

The funding available per individual project is £500 to £2000. Schools and 6th Forms can collaborate with neighbouring institutions on joint projects to combine their funding.

Each individual school or 6th Form can directly receive a maximum of £4000 through the grant scheme.

Successful applications will be funded in two equal stages. Applicants may invoice for 50% of the total on confirmation of the grant and the remaining 50% after the project has been delivered, and the data and reporting is fully and correctly submitted to neaco.

Schools and 6th Forms should submit applications for programmes of activity  (multiple interactions). Singular activities such as motivational speakers or school trips should not be bid for unless the application demonstrates such provision is part of a sustained programme and data and reporting requirements can be met for the full programme.

Schools and 6th Forms can bid to fund CPD for permanent school staff and/or equipment where they meet the below criteria;

o   The school/6th Form have identified and are responding to a need of target pupils

o   there is a planned project to engage target pupils in the equipments/training outcomes use within this academic year and towards neaco goals

o   The project enables neaco data gathering and reporting to take place

o   The training/equipment is integral to the project and will be used beyond the project lifetime to support progression to higher education

All successful applications will be required to submit participant data and an evaluation report within four weeks of completing the delivery of their project.

All successful projects must be completed no later than Friday 28 June 2019.


Restrictions on funding

Schools and 6th Forms cannot bid to fund existing provision, but can bid to extend or increase capacity of that provision.

Schools and 6th Forms cannot use the funding for delivery of the curriculum, curriculum resources (such as textbooks) or attainment raising activity.

Schools and 6th Forms cannot use the funding to provide or purchase competition prizes over a total value of £50.

Schools and 6th Forms cannot use the funding to fund on-going salary costs or recruitment to new roles. Funding may be used to cover the costs of existing staff time.

Schools and 6th Forms cannot apply solely to cover transportation, subsistence or resources (ie stationery) for target pupils to participate in an existing higher education activity or Higher Education Institution Open Day – schools should speak to their local partner Higher Education Institution and/or Higher Education Champion for this funding.

Finance, reporting and evaluation

Successful applicants will:

  • agree to our terms and conditions on the application form

  • be paid in two installments, at the beginning and end 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.

Resources for successful applicants