HandsThe Department for Education is accepting applications for another round of funding for character education projects in schools. Last year, there was a total of £3.5 million available. This year, there is £6 million worth of grants available. The grants are aimed at schools that use activities such as sports, debating or music to provide a rounded learning experience for children.

Who is eligible to apply?

The following organisations are invited to apply:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Local authorities
  • Voluntary, community or social enterprise organisations or other profit or non-profit organisations.
What will be funded?

They are looking for projects that help to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Increasing the number of children aged 5 to 16 involved in activities and environments that promote character education
  • Developing key character traits, attributes and behaviours in children aged 5 to 16 that support academic attainment, are valued by employers and enable children to make a positive contribution to British society.

They are also interested in projects that:

  • Could in future be adopted or adapted by a school or schools that wish to increase the range of high-quality activity that they offer
  • Involve joint or consortium working, with involvement of several schools. We expect all projects will
  • Involve at least one school rated good or outstanding by Ofsted in the design and delivery of their project
  • Are sufficiently replicable and scalable to be rolled out across a very large number of schools nationally.
How much is available?

As a guide, grants are expected to be awarded in the range of £50,000 to £750,000.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made online via the Contracts Finder. Details can be found on the DfE website. You have until 23rd June 2016 to submit your application.

Good luck!