The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000, projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to 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.
For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have:
An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect.
Any kind of disability.
Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate.
Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.
The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.