The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000 projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.
For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be 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
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. Children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them, by encouraging them to use their own expertise and experiences.
Grant activities should take place between January 2018 and September 2018. It is anticipated that up to 20 organisations will receive a grant in the first funding round. Organisations that miss this round may be able to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for applications.
To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. 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 the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.