Ernest Cook funding for projects to encourage young people's interests in the arts, crafts, architecture, literacy and STEM subjects
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £12,000 for projects that encourage young people's interest in the Arts, Crafts and Architecture, Literacy and STEM subjects. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications. Funding is available via two funding streams. The small grants programme (grants under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which require a small amount of pump-priming in order for projects to take place. The programme is a rolling one, with meetings at roughly two-monthly intervals throughout the year. The large grants programme (grants up to £12,000) is aimed at larger scale education programmes. The next closing date for applications to the large grants programme is the 31st January 2019. Previous projects supported include Fleet Infant School in Hampshire which received a grant of £1,495 to buy Numicon teaching resources to raise numeracy levels; and Dersingham Primary School in Kings Lynn which received £2,700 to transform maths teaching. The school led a workshop with all children and their parents to show how the school teaches maths, including strategies for calculations under the new curriculum.