Funding

Our experience working with schools mean that we understand that budgets can be tight. However, there is a range of school funding opportunities to help support projects and initiatives. These can be general grants or specific to outdoor learning or science and maths for example, and could include the funding or part funding of a Solardome® geodesic dome.

Schools have also been getting creative and launched a number of innovative fundraising drives to help raise additional funds.

Here are some examples of how our glasshouses in schools have been funded by grants, education charity organisations and unique fundraising initiatives.

Battlefield Primary School, Glasgow – funded by Glasgow City Council.

Michael Primary School, Isle of Man – epic fundraising drive that asked local companies, groups and individuals to sponsor the triangular panels of the Solardome® glasshouse.

Victoria School, Birmingham – funded by the Big Lottery ‘People’s Millions’.

Upton Hall Secondary School, Merseyside – funded by The Wolfson Foundation.

School funding opportunities

There are hundreds of school funding opportunities available, so to help, we have compiled a list of organisations that can provide more information about funding opportunities for your school. It doesn’t include every source of funding, but hopefully provides a starting point for helping you to secure additional money.

Organisation Information
Community Sponsorship Ask local businesses to help sponsor the dome and acknowledge their support by etching their company name on a pane of glass.
Community Hub Hire the dome to local community groups (such as allotment associations) outside of school hours to assist in the long term funding of your project.
Company Match Funding Many businesses help schools that help themselves with their ‘match funding’ scheme. Your school must be a registered charity to apply so the company can balance donations to charity against its profits.
Awards for All Part of the National Lottery, each year they give out millions of pounds to good causes. Their money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. Funding size £300 – £10,000
The Wolfson Foundation Allocates grants of up to £50,000 to secondary schools and up to £100,000 to sixth form colleges that have achieved a level of excellence. There is a strong emphasis on funding for science and technology, particularly for providing spaces for science laboratories. Special schools can apply under the Health & Disability programme, and grants vary from £15,000 to £100,000.
Garfield Weston Foundation They support projects throughout the UK, tend to support organisations that have already found funding for a significant proportion of their project. They have two main funding streams available Major Grants (over £100,000) and Regular Grants (£1,000 – £99,999).
Growing Schools Designed to support teachers in using the ‘outdoor classroom’ as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages.
Learning through Landscapes The UK schools charity for developing schools grounds. Offers advice on how to design and implement a new school grounds feature.
The Royal Horticultural Society Contains information on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and information about fundraising for your school garden.
Fundraising for Schools This publication is an great resource for anyone with responsibility for raising school funds and finance.
Grants Online / Grants 4 Schools Provides information on grants from EU, UK Government, Lottery and grant making trusts.
Community Spaces  Community Spaces is a £57.5 million open grants programme that is managed by Groundwork UK’s Open Grants Department. The programme helps community groups in England create or improve green, open spaces to enhance people’s quality of life.
TheGivingMachine Participating online shops pay TheGivingMachine a sales commission for directing shoppers to them. TheGivingMachine then forwards these commissions as cash donations to the shopper’s chosen school or charity.
Funding Central A free website which provides access to thousands of grants.
The Primary Science Teaching Trust The trust provides financial assistance to help improve the learning and teaching of science in the UK.
GRANT finder GRANT finder is the UK’s leading grants and policy database and includes details in excess of 8,000 funding opportunities.
The Environmental Funders Network The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is an informal network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues.
The Veolia Environmental Trust For 18 years The Veolia Environmental Trust have been supporting compliant community and environmental projects in England and Wales by awarding grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.
SITA Trust The SITA Trust supports community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
Biffa Award Biffa Award was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund and through the Fund they are able to support a wide range of community and environmental projects across the UK.
Charitable trusts There are nearly 8,000 grant giving trusts in the United Kingdom (out of nearly 180,000 registered charities), giving over £2.6 billion each year. www.acf.org.uk/trustsandfoundations
www.opencharities.org/charities
www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities 
www.aliveandgiving.com