BBC Children in Need and Wellcome launch Curiosity Fund

Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. BBC Children in Need and Wellcome

BBC Children in Need and Wellcome are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. Projects should 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.

You do not have to be an expert in science, or even have delivered science activities before to participate, and we encourage organisations who want to try something new to apply.

Many young people are positive about science, but struggle to see its relevance to their everyday lives. Putting science into non-school settings that young people are familiar with, particularly given that young people spend up to 80 per cent of their time outside of school, will start to address this problem and help to challenge the perception that science is ‘not for people like me’.

Successful applicants will receive support from the Curiosity team to help them deliver and learn from high quality science activity in an informal setting.

You will also be part of shaping the future of this exciting initiative as well as able to apply to further rounds of grant funding.

Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018.

For further information and to apply, visit: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5XVRLVfFH69tKhN2K5jkKqj/curiosity

Deadline: Friday 22 September 2017

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