ASDAN Grants: 2013
The application process for grants is now closed for this year. Details of the grants application process for 2014 will be posted here at the end of the year.
Thank you for your interest in ASDAN grants.
Did you know that ASDAN gives grants for educational purposes, especially where these help narrow the gaps in educational attainment between the better-off and the less well-off?
ASDAN is organised as a charitable social enterprise. This means that we have charitable status, and aim to run as a company that holds to a key vision and a set of values.
As a part of this, we have established a charitable fund, which provides grants to ASDAN centres to do things differently, especially where this helps to increase educational opportunity and alleviate the effects of deprivation and poverty, both in this country and overseas.
We only accept applications that are submitted online using the form provided.
Who can apply?
Any centre offering or intending to offer ASDAN programmes or qualifications, whether in the UK or overseas, can apply for a grant, except those who have received a grant from us in the last 2 years.
Centres that want to set up ASDAN courses, but are experiencing financial difficulties, are also eligible to apply for help with ASDAN registration and start-up costs, where at least 30% of students generate Pupil Premium. The grant in these circumstances may include the provision of registration, training and ASDAN materials rather than a cash sum. We will need evidence of your pupil premium entitlement, and expect any grant received to be included on your website in your report on the spending of pupil premium funds.
All successful grant recipients are expected to
a) include reference to the activity and the ASDAN funding on their website, and
When and how can centres apply?
The grant applications will open early in January 2014 and applications will be accepted until the end of that month. During February, a small committee of ASDAN Trustees will meet to consider all the applications and you should know by the middle of March if your application has been successful, in whole or in part.
We only accept applications made through our on-line process, as this makes it possible to share your applications and follow up with any queries quickly and efficiently. You just need to go to our website and follow the links to grants.
How much money is available?
Each year, we designate a percentage of any surplus funds we generate in previous years. In 2013 we distributed about £46,000 in grants to ASDAN centres in the UK and internationally. In 2014, the amount available for grant funding is expected to be a similar sum.
The maximum grant available to any one centre is £3,000.
What can the money be used for?
We give our funds to ASDAN centres that are looking to work in an innovative fashion within the broad framework of ASDAN's vision and values to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people in this country and overseas.
Applications should focus on how the bid meets the ASDAN vision, is innovative and sustainable. You can check out the ASDAN vision on the “About ASDAN” web page. The online application form will ask you to detail how your bid meets these criteria.
In 2013 the Trustees’ panel was inclined towards applications that would benefit students year on year, e.g. funds to purchase resources or equipment that would continue to provide opportunities for future learners; and those where there was clear evidence of joint funding streams, e.g. a school’s contribution from its pupil premium fund, students’ own fund-raising activities etc.
Case studies of centres that have previously been awarded grants from ASDAN can be found by clicking on the link to Case Studies.
Is there anything ASDAN won’t pay for?
We won’t give grants to pay for things that we might reasonably expect to come from a regular school budget – for example, we expect ASDAN students to have the same access to IT as any other student in a school, and we get very despondent if we receive applications that suggest we should fill a financial gap because a school is not providing some additional resources to those learners with the greatest financial or educational need.
Demand for ASDAN grants is always high. You are therefore strongly recommended to ensure that your application follows our guidelines closely. If you do not follow these guidelines, it is unlikely that ASDAN will be able to support your application. Should you need further help or advice please contact Julia King, Clerk to the Trustees on 0117 954 3950 or email email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that this little bit extra will make a difference to young people’s lives.
Case studies of centres that have previously been awarded grants from ASDAN can be found in the Case Studies section. For example:
- George Stephenson High School bungalow construction project
- Benfield School gardening project
- West Kirby Residential School visit to South Africa
- Sunderland AFC Foundation cookery scheme
- Imberhorne School BMX sessions
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