Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities for geography teachers

This page contains information about a variety of funding opportunities for geography teachers to participate in expeditions, develop teaching and learning resources and take part in further study. If you'd like to list your funding opportunity here, contact Milan Recknagel.

You can also apply for funding through the Geographical Association:

Frederick Soddy Trust Awards - this charitable trust provides modest support for expeditions and fieldwork which include the 'study of the whole life of an area with major emphasis on the human community'. Five awards of between £250 and £500 are made each year.

GA International Initiatives Fund (GAIIF) - managed by the GA's International Special Interest Group, this fund aims to promote international relationships between individuals and associations concerned with geographical education. Three or four awards of up to £1000 are made each year.

Global learning funding for KS2-3

The Global Learning Programme for England (GLP-E) has funding for schools to develop some global learning based transition work between KS2 and 3. Each school that takes part and reports back can claim £500 (not independent schools). Find out more here and see the GLP-E website too. Contact Julie Beattie with any queries.

The Fawcett Fellowships for Geography Teachers

Applications are invited for the Fawcett Fellowships for Geography Teachers at University College London. These provide an opportunity for UK-based mid-career teachers to spend a term at UCL undertaking a self-designed programme of study. You might, for example, bring yourself up to date in particular aspects of the subject, develop new teaching materials, prepare publications or software, explore new fields, and generally rejuvenate your enthusiasm for the subject.

The funds are used primarily to finance teaching cover during the period of each Fellowship. This is normally September to Christmas, but could be from New Year to Easter. Letters of interest are invited by the end of February each year.

For further information see the UCL geography website.

Global School Partnerships Starter Grants

DFID's Global School Partnerships Promgramme has introduced new Starter Grants to encourage school partnerships that promote global learning through the curriculum.

One thousand grants of £250 each will be distributed over the next three years to help UK schools explore the possibility of embarking on a global partnership. The grant is available at the beginning of a school's partnership journey to support them in finding a partner.

The Starter Grants will fund eligible activities and will be available throughout the year to schools that do not already have a DFID Global School Partnership.

Apply online at the Cambridge Education website.

4iP Awards

4iP is an innovation fund, created by Channel 4, to stimulate public service digital media across the UK. It supports great ideas for websites, games and mobile services which help people improve their lives.

Grants of up to £5000 are available to help individuals develop early stage digital media ideas and prototypes and to turn these prototypes into social businesses. There are two themes that 4iP is looking to support. These are:

  • Using the web and mobile to keep an eye on how government, organisations and elected representatives use their power
  • Exploring how digital tools, games, applications and services can help people change their lives for the better whether that's their health, well-being, finances, work/life balance or dealing with unemployment.

The awards are available to individuals over the age of 16; as well as informal groups. Successful ideas should:

  • Challenge people to see the world differently
  • Inspire change and empower communities
  • Revolve around the participation and collaboration of users; and
  • Use digital media in an innovative and original way to solve an important user need

Visit the UnLtd website for contact details and to request an application form.

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