Focus Areas

Applying for Support

We take a proactive approach to the work we wish to support and so the vast majority of unsolicited proposals we receive are unsuccessful. We are however willing to consider exceptional proposals which fit closely with our specific aims and focus areas.

This website gives a good indication of the type of education programmes and areas of work we are interested in. In particular, please note that we are not seeking to support initiatives in the Early Years or Primary sectors, focusing instead on the Secondary and Further Education sectors. Please also note that we do not give direct support to individuals, educational tuition fees, scholarships, or expeditions.

A key priority for us is to expand our work seeking to improve the supply and status of technicians - those in the UK workforce with Level 3 and 4 STEM skills - and proposals focused on this aim are more likely to receive support.

We are particularly interested in supporting the development of technician training pathways (eg Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees and relevant 14-19 qualifications); and seeking to ensure an appropriate infrastructure is in place to deliver these, including suitably qualified teachers and lecturers, appropriate training facilities, and fit-for-purpose funding mechanisms.

If you feel your organisation has a project which might interest us, the first step is to complete the form on the Contact Us page, including a couple of paragraphs describing your idea.

If the idea is in line with our priorities you may be asked to submit a brief proposal (of around 3-6 pages, depending on the complexity of the project). All proposals will need to include the following information:

  • A summary of no more than 150 words
  • The aim of the project How it fits with Gatsby’s education priorities
  • Background to the project (including national context etc)
  • Description of activity to be undertaken Expected (and measurable) outputs and outcomes
  • The long-term prospects for (a) impact; and (b) sustainability beyond the lifetime of the grant
  • How the project will be evaluated
  • Timeline
  • Budget by Gatsby financial year (April to March)

Shortly after receipt of this proposal the relevant member of the Gatsby education team will contact you to discuss next steps.