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Education Endowment Fund (EEF)

The web site is at Education Endowment Foundation

The Winter 2017 general funding round closed at  5pm on the 11th December 2017. For consideration in an application round an application must be received before the round deadline.We are currently particularly interested in the following specific proposals:


This round is open for funding. Deadline: 5pm 16th March 2018


Funded with the Wellcome Trust
This round is open for funding. Deadline: 5pm 9th April 2018.


This round is open for funding. Deadline: 5pm 22nd March 2018.

Guidance notes for each of these rounds of funding are available at along with details of how to apply.

General Funding

Currently we run one or two general funding rounds a year, when we are open to applications on any area, and one themed funding round, when we are open to applications on a specific area (eg, digital technology or neuroscience).  The EEF will accept applications at any point when a funding round is open up until the advertised closing date. We will then review all applications together. There is no advantage in submitting applications early in either funding round.You are welcome to contact us when you are in the early stages of thinking about applying to see if we think your idea has the potential to meet the EEF’s criteria.

Who can apply?

Funding from the EEF is available to any not-for-profit organisation: mainstream primary and secondary schools, charities, local authorities, academy chains, universities, social enterprises and community interest companies.

For-profit companies may be involved as partners with, or suppliers to, the main not-for-profit applicant. In such cases, the EEF will need to ensure that our funding is being used for public benefit and meets our objectives.

Please note that the EEF can only fund projects for the benefit of pupils and schools in England, including early years settings. We are, however, very open to innovative ideas from overseas that are applicable to schools in England.

How much funding can I apply for?

The EEF does not have a set minimum or maximum size of grant that we award. Past EEF grants have ranged from £90,000 to £1.8m, with the rest somewhere in between: we spend as much as we have to, but not a penny more than we need to, in order to trial projects we think may raise attainment and narrow the gap. The amount you request should be commensurate both with the nature and scale of the project and with your capacity to ensure its successful delivery.

What is the purpose of EEF funding?

The EEF’s remit is to identify, fund and evaluate projects that will raise the attainment of children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in schools in England. We then aim to scale up those which are shown to work best at narrowing the attainment gap between children from low-income backgrounds and their better-off peers.

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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