Application guidelines for school awards

This page contains useful information and suggestions to help when applying for a school award. We prefer to have as much detail of the project as you can give us – the trustees need detailed evidence that the project is feasible and has been planned.

We strongly recommend that you begin by checking your idea against these criteria:

  • Is your project genuinely a challenge and something you haven’t done before, that stretches you outside your comfort zone?
  • Is your project feasible – have you done the research and planning to ensure you can carry it out?
  • Is your project non-vocational (i.e. no work placements) and not profit-making?
  • Is your project something that you are planning and carrying out independently – i.e. not an activity offered by a company or charity?
  • If your budget exceeds £500, do you have a fundraising plan


What to include in your application

1. About your project

First, tell us about your project:

  • What is the name of your project?
  • Describe what you want to do – and why it is a challenge for you.
  • When and where will you carry it out?
  • How long will it take?
  • What gave you the idea for your project?
  • What previous experience do you have in this area?
  • Have you undertaken anything of this nature before?
  • What do you hope to achieve for yourself?

2. About you

Next tell us about yourself. Please include your:

  • Name.
  • Age and gender.
  • Current home address.
  • Email address and home/mobile number.

If you are applying as part of a group, please provide the above information for all members of your group.

3. Practical and financial matters

We also require a breakdown of projected costs. These may include:

  • The cost of any training required to prepare you for your challenge.
  • Any equipment that is necessary for your challenge.
  • Any fares or costs you will incur in completing your challenge.
  • The cost of food required.
  • The cost of accommodation required.
  • The cost of all risk insurance.
  • Any other expenses.
  • Details of your plans for raising the rest of the funds.
  • An estimated total for the project.

Try and consider all costs and aspects of planning that will be involved in your project.