The Raspberry Pi Education Fund is a worldwide fund of £1 million that seeks to foster and support projects that help advance the education and understanding of computing of children aged between 5 and 18 years of age.
Guidance for Applicants
Successful applicants will be those who have demonstrated that their projects will enhance children’s understanding of computing; or shows how computing can be used to enhance learning in other subjects – particularly, but not exclusively, STEM and the creative arts. We also welcome proposals that promote training and continued professional development of teaching staff in computing as part of their overall project goals. Project proposals can target either formal or informal education and applications can be made by clubs, schools, voluntary organisation and not-for-profit organisations. Unfortunately we are not able to award grants to an individual or groups of individuals. We will accept applications from commercial for profit organisation, but would only make awards in exceptional circumstances. Project proposals do not have to use or exploit Raspberry Pi technology but typically we would expect any resources created as a result of the funding to be made available under an open public license of some form. Overall, the Foundation seeks to support a range of projects: from those that increase participation in computing, to those that target excellence. Examples of projects to which we have previously funded include:
- Computing at Schools – guides on the national computing curriculum (Primary national curriculum guidance, CAS Secondary)
- Public Lab – development of educational resources using infrared to examine the health of trees on the Raspberry Pi
- UK Beaver Computing Challenge
- Madanyu – Raspberry Pi Education Pilot Programme in India
- Naturebytes – Community Interest Company providing educational resource and workshops in computing with an emphasis on nature and conservation.
In order to promote sustainability and wider community engagement, the fund will operate on a match funding basis, whereby the Foundation will provide up to 50% of the total projected costs. Successful applicants will have demonstrated they have the financial backing to fund the remainder of the projected costs. Co-funding may come from a variety of sources including other charitable foundations, government funding, private individuals, corporate donations or crowd-sourcing. We will only support projects that are able to demonstrate a credible plan of execution and where we can adequately track and audit the use of the funds.
Applicants are invited to make an application to the latest round of awards prior to 30th June 2015. Submissions will be reviewed and award decisions communicated to applicants during July 2015.
Part of the goal in establishing this fund is to foster engagement from corporate and industry partners; so in addition to applications for awards we are also interested in hearing from organisations which would like to partner with the Foundation in providing match funding as part of their CSR programmes. If you or your business are interested in co-funding a project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Education Fund Supporter”.