Edge Foundation offers grants from £30k to £100k in latest funding round

It is offering a total of £1m for projects that build on proven models of success or test new approaches to education and learning

Not-for-profit organisations are being invited to apply for grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 for projects that build on proven models of success or test new approaches to education and learning.

The Edge Foundation announced yesterday that it was accepting bids worth a total of £1m in its latest funding round.

The foundation, which distributes grants every two years, promotes the importance of technical and creative education among 14 to 19-year-olds.

Organisations must apply by 3 May with projects that fulfil at least one of the charity's funding themes. They are:

1 Improve the design and delivery of engaging and relevant careers education, information, advice and guidance.

2 Support the development of project-based learning and associated employer-engagement.

3 Support the development of a curriculum for 14 to 19-year-olds that integrates both academic and technical/professional subjects.

4 Support the development of innovative approaches to higher education at levels four, five and six.

5 Advance ways to measure the performance of technical education.

Jane Samuels, head of partnerships and projects at Edge, said: "This is an opportunity for further education colleges and other educational and not-for-profit institutions to secure significant funding towards projects and initiatives that can deliver real impact in their area, equipping young people with skills for 21st-century jobs and boosting local economies."

Besides awarding grants, the foundation conducts research and campaigns for what it describes as a more balanced school curriculum that includes more technical and creative subjects of appeal to employers.

It was founded in 2003 when the examinations organisation Edexcel was sold to the education company Pearson.

The money went to a holding charity called the Edexcel Foundation. The trustees decided it should promote practical and vocational learning and, in May 2004, it was renamed the Edge Foundation

For more details and to apply visit http://www.edge.co.uk/GrantFund2018.

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