Curiosity Fund (Wellcome/Comic Relief), CYP science-based projects

Curiosity Fund, C&YP's science-based projects, deadline 22 September 2017 8 August 2017 The Wellcome Trust have partnered with Comic Relief to create the Curiosity Fund. The fund will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. The scheme is offering grants of up to £10,000 to youth organisations for projects lasting up to nine months. Curiosity grants will allow organisations to develop new informal science learning activities to support young people's personal and social development. Many young people are positive about science, but struggle to see its relevance to their everyday lives. Putting science into non-school settings that young people are familiar with, particularly given that young people spend up to 80 per cent of their time outside of school, will start to address this problem and help to challenge the perception that science is 'not for people like me'. Planning for your project Before you apply, make sure you check out the advice on Planning for Your Project. This guide covers the main things they will look for in any application. Most of all, you will need to describe how your project will make a difference to the children and young people you work with. But, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a strong plan for how you'll include science content in your project and there are different ways you can demonstrate this - see About the Fund for more details. Who can apply? Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations of any size, with a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people up to 18 years old and living in the UK. If you already have a grant with BBC Children in Need or Wellcome, you can still apply. If your application involves a partnership arrangement with a science partner the funder expects the applicant to be the organisation specialising in work with disadvantaged children and young people. How to apply You can apply for a grant with Wellcome by completing an application form. If you haven't applied for a BBC CIN grant before you will have to go through a simple process to set up an account first. For previous applicants, you can use your existing login. Expectations BBC Children in Need's normal expectations for any grant will apply to this fund. For additional requirements see About the Fund. Timings Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017. Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018. You will be expected to have completed delivery by the end of the 2018 summer holidays to give the best chance for learning to be collected and for you to engage in the second round of grant making. In this first round of funding it is anticipated that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK. Interested? See: About the Fund and Frequently Asked Questions For specific queries not covered by the above, email: More information and ideas about Inspiring Science Wellcome's website has more information about engaging young people with informal science. This content is © Bfunded 2017.
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