Applications are currently being invited for the second and final round of the one-off Curiosity scheme.
The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust.
Curiosity grants are not about education but about using science as a tool to make wider changes in the lives of children and young people experiencing disadvantage. Curiosity aims to make a difference for children and young people by improving access to, engagement with and understanding of science.
Applicants must be able to explain:
- The disadvantaged children and young people’s experiences and its affect upon them.
- How the proposed science activities will improve the lives of those who take part.
- Why the specific science-based activities planned are well-suited to making such differences.
- How to identify and measure the differences that could be achieved.
Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate. Projects that use engaging and participatory science to improve their personal, social and emotional development are encouraged.
Round 2 is making two levels of grants available:
- Small up to £10,000 per year (for up to three years).
- Large up to £40,000 each year (for up to three years).
A series of events are being held across the UK in February to help applicants find out more about the scheme, develop their thinking and meet potential partners.