CREST for Underrepresented Audiences Funding

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The BSA’s vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture. Our mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science, reach under-served audiences, and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science. We want to create a world where science is seen as a cultural activity alongside areas such as sport, politics and the arts. 

The CREST Awards scheme aims to inspire young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. It is the BSA’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5 to 19 year olds. 

Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the BSA offers grants of up to £600 to support and enable schools and organisations to run CREST Awards with young people underrepresented in STEM. Any school or organisation that works with young people is able to apply and grants are awarded to cover: 
Up to £300 to cover CREST registration fees  
Up to £300 to spend on support costs for running the Awards, such as CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, CREST link schemes or a delivery partner, consumables or equipment. 

Successful applicants will receive a grant of £300, which will be paid directly into the school’s bank account, as well as a voucher code with a value of up to £300 to cover the costs of CREST registration fees.

Please ensure you press 'submit' at the end of your application. You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted your application. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch at crest@britishscienceassociation.org.

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Contact Information

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School or Organisation Details

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About your School or Organisation
Please note: You can select multiple audiences by holding Ctrl and selecting the audiences from the list


Please note: You can select multiple audiences by holding Ctrl and selecting each grant.
Please describe any challenging circumstances your school or organisation faces
In order to be eligible for the CREST for underrepresented audiences funding, your school or organisation must meet at least one of the following criteria:
This criteria applies to your school or organisation if:
• In England, you have 30% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for pupil premium;
• In Wales, you have 30% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for free school meals;
• In Scotland, over 30% of your pupils are living in the top 20% most deprived areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation;
• In Northern Ireland, you have 30% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for free school meals.
Minority ethnic backgrounds include all pupils who don’t self-describe as White British. It includes Irish, except in Northern Ireland.  
This criteria applies to your school or organisation if it is located in a remote and rural location.






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Audience
Please describe how would you reach students underrepresented in STEM subjects. We are looking for applications that aim to
  • Engage young people who wouldn't normally choose to do science;
  • Engage young people who are in mixed ability groups, lower science ability sets or studying double award science at KS4;
  • Are cross curricular and involve teachers/expertise from non-science curriculum areas (e.g. music, geography, history);
  • Enable whole classes or whole year groups to participate and achieve an Award.

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Please note: You can select multiple age groups by holding Ctrl and selecting the age groups from the list.


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Budget
The grant will consist of £300 to pay for resources and £300 as a voucher code to use towards CREST Award fees.


For example: you may choose to spend this on CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, consumables or equipment, a delivery partner to assist with running the project. NB. Funding may not be used to cover the cost of textbooks or equipment required to deliver the core curriculum in schools, large equipment such as microscopes or computers, on-going salary costs, costs that are already covered by other funding, general running costs and overheads that are paid for by other income.

If you do not know the exact numbers please provide an estimate – this will be used to calculate the value of the voucher code you will receive for CREST registration fees.

If you do not know the exact numbers please provide an estimate – this will be used to calculate the value of the voucher code you will receive for CREST registration fees.

If you do not know the exact numbers please provide an estimate – this will be used to calculate the value of the voucher code you will receive for CREST registration fees.

If you do not know the exact numbers please provide an estimate – this will be used to calculate the value of the voucher code you will receive for CREST registration fees.

If you do not know the exact numbers please provide an estimate – this will be used to calculate the value of the voucher code you will receive for CREST registration fees.

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Finance Information
We ask for your financial details to pay the grant into your school's or organisation's bank account if you are successful. If you are unsuccessful we will delete financial data after a year. Please read our privacy policy for more details.
Bank Account Details
The Account Name used must match those of the account holder, in line with the records held by your Bank.
Please note the information you would like shown on your Remittance Advice, in order to help your Finance team to identify and correctly allocate our payment, this could be an internal reference, the name of a teacher or your school or organisation.
Building Society Account Details
The Account Name used must match those of the account holder, in line with the records held by your Bank.
This field must be completed with the correct Roll/Reference Number number in order for payment to be allocated to your account. Failure to give correct details will result in a delay in our payment reaching you.
Please note the information you would like shown on your Remittance Advice, in order to help your Finance team to identify and correctly allocate our payment, this could be an internal reference, the name of a teacher or your school or organisation.
Contacts for Remittance Advice
Finance Contact
Bursar/Local Authority Contact

Building Society Contact

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Terms & Conditions
By submitting a request for a grant to the British Science Association, the organisation named in the request (referred to as ‘you’ in these Terms and Conditions) agrees, if awarded a grant, to:

1.1 hold the grant on trust for the British Science Association (referred to as ‘we’ or ‘us’) and use it on a project which enables young people to work towards a CREST Award. The money must be spent on resources, materials and costs necessary for the CREST project. 

1.2 submit the students’ project(s) for a CREST Award using the voucher code before the end of the academic year (31 July 2021).  

1.3 act lawfully in carrying out your event/activity, in accordance with best practice and guidance from your regulators, and follow any guidelines issued by us about the use of the grant;

1.4 where your event/activity involves working with children, young people or adults at risk, adopt and implement an appropriate written safeguarding policy, obtain written consent from legal carers or guardians and carry out background checks for all employees, volunteers, trustees or contractors as required by law; and

1.5 comply with data protection laws.

2. You acknowledge that:

2.1 we will not increase the grant if you spend more than the agreed budget;

2.2 if the provided bank account details (including account name, account number and sort code), are incorrect, your grant payment may be significantly delayed;

2.3 the grant is not consideration for any taxable supply for VAT purposes;

2.4 we have no liability for any costs or consequences incurred by you or third parties that arise directly or indirectly from the project, nor from nonpayment or withdrawal of the grant, save to the extent required by law;

2.5 the British Science Association will not be held responsible or liable for any consequences, whether direct or indirect to any loss or damage, personal or otherwise, injury or death, however arising, in grant-funded events and activities. Grant recipients are responsible for taking out any public liability or other insurance necessary to cover the activities.

2.6 these Terms and Conditions will continue to apply for one year after the grant is paid or until the project has been completed, whichever is later. Clauses 2.4 and 2.5 shall survive expiry of these Terms and Conditions; and

2.7 if the application and grant award are made electronically, the agreement between us shall be deemed to be in writing and your online acceptance of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to be a signature of that agreement.