Individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the United Kingdom can apply for a grant to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics.  A budget of £6k has been earmarked for this scheme. Grants will be made up to a value of £600.

Educational Activities Relating to Mathematics

The Institute does not have a comprehensive list of the types of activities that the Education Grants will fund.  However, the following is to give potential applicants an idea of the kind of things that the Education Grants may fund or partly fund.  Activities are normally more likely to be funded if the applicant’s own institution is meeting part of the costs involved.

  • Hosting a mathematics event, e.g. Maths Trails, Maths Competitions. A point of consideration will be the number of educational establishment that will benefit from the proposed activity.
  • Attendance at appropriate conferences.
  • Travel expenses to attend appropriate events.
  • Travel expenses for a speaker to talk at school/FE/HEI about mathematics/careers in mathematics. (Please note – applications for grants covering reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for an event are more likely to succeed than applications which request the reimbursement of speakers’ fees. A contribution may be made to fees in exceptional circumstances.) An event of this kind is more likely to be funded if a number of educational institutions will benefit.
  • Supply cover required for the teacher to attend an appropriate event.

For examples of the types of activities that the Education Grants has funded, please see previous Education Grant Reports.

With regards to applications for grants for CPD courses or mathematical software, educational establishments normally have a budget for this. The Institute would have to know why this could not be used.

Each application will be considered on its merits.


Members and non-members of the Institute working in schools1, FE and HEIs (including PhD students) may apply for a Grant.

If the applicant is not a member of the Institute the name of a co-applicant who is a member should be given. However, it is also acceptable to have as a co-applicant a senior colleague such as the head of a school or college. This co-applicant needs to sign a short declaration to the effect that s/he has read and supports the application.

Applications from primary schools are also welcome, but due to the aims of the Institute, we ask that primary schools are working with a secondary school, FE or HEI2.

Applications from those whose organisation’s work is related to schools, FE or HEIs are also welcome and will be considered on merit.

Grants are unlikely to be made to support activities for which substantial alternative funding sources currently exist.  Applicants from HEIs would normally be expected to receive match funding from their institution.

The Institute does not normally offer repeat funding for activities. If the activity is to continue, a sustainable source of income will need to be found.

1 The IMA normally deals with mathematics education from the secondary age range.

2 This criterion may be relaxed for members of the Institute who work in primary schools.


How to Apply

Applications can be made at anytime of the year for grants up to £600. You will need to complete the Education Grants Application Form and the Education Grants Payment Details form which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

We advise that you give as much information as you can on your application form to help your application be successful.

Please ensure you and your co-applicant (if applicable) have both signed the application form and send your completed application form and payment details form to:

Vanessa Thorogood
Education Manager
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Catherine Richards House
16 Nelson Street

A decision on the award of a grant will be usually given within two months of submission of an application.

Please note – the Word version of both forms can be filled in electronically. Please do not send electronically the payment details form.

What Happens Next?

Once your completed application form has been received, this will be circulated to the Education Grants Judging Panel. The Education Grants Judging Panel will consider each application individually and come to a conclusion based on the applications merits.

Successful Application

If your application is successful, then you will receive the grant from the Institute. Please note – the Education Grants Judging Panel reserves the right to award a grant, but for a lower amount than has been requested if they feel the activity does not justify the amount being requested.

A brief report on the outcomes of the activity funded, and how the money was used, must be submitted to the Education Officer within two months of completion of the activity. Successful applicants are also expected to write an article for the Institute’s publication Mathematics Today.

More Information Required

The Education Grants Judging Panel may request more information from an applicant before making a final decision on awarding the grant. The Education Manager will contact you and request this information.

Unsuccessful Application

If the Education Grants Judging Panel feel that the activity the grant will fund does not meet the aims of the Education Grants, then the request will be denied.

The Education Grants Judging Panel also reserves the right not to fund requests for grants if the budget allocated to the Education Grants has been spent.

Activity Report

Successful applicants must complete a brief report on the activity that the Education Grants has funded within two months of completion of the activity and submit this to Vanessa Thorogood, Education Manager (address as above). A copy of the final report form can be found at the bottom of the page.

Please note – failure to submit a completed Education Grants activity report or an article for Mathematics Today (see following section) for a grant awarded to you will affect the decision of any future applications you may submit to this scheme.

Mathematics Today

Finally, successful applicants are expected to submit an article about the activity the Education Grants funded for the Institute’s publication Mathematics Today. The Institute’s members are keen to hear about activities the Institute’s grants have funded. If you are not a member of the Institute, you will receive a copy of the edition of Mathematics Today that your article appears in.


  • Articles must be submitted by email, in Word or PDF format only.
  • Articles must be entirely the work of the named author(s).
  • Articles should not exceed 1000 words in length. Longer versions of the article or supplementary material for the article can be made available on the Institute’s website should you wish to supply more detail.
  • Please ensure that copyright approval has been obtained for all illustrations/photographs used.
  • To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, we regret we are unable to publish photographs of persons without a copy of their signed consent for the photograph to be used on our website. In the case of children, consent must be obtained from a parent or guardian.
  • If the article has been published before, or if it is being considered for another publication, this must be clearly stated and full details given.

Editorial and refereeing policy

It is Institute policy to send all articles, letters and puzzles, which have mathematical or scientific content to referees, as a matter of routine, in order to ensure the accuracy of the material. At the same time confirmation is sought from the referees that the article is suitable, both in subject matter and style, for Mathematics Today. A balance of topics, and items, is maintained within issues and over several issues. Non-acceptance does not imply that an article does not meet the academic standard required. The Institute reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity of expression and to adjust the length of articles.

Permission must be obtained before items from Mathematics Today are reproduced or published in other publications.

Please do not send your article directly to the Editorial Officer for Mathematics Today as this may result in your report not being logged and your application remaining outstanding. Articles must be submitted to Vanessa Thorogood who will then forward it on to the Editorial Officer for Mathematics Today.

Related Documents

Download Education Grants Application Form (doc)

Download Education Grants Application Form (pdf)

Download Education Grants Payment Details (doc)

Download Education Grants Payment Details (pdf)

Download Education Grants Activity Report (doc)

Download Education Grants Activity Report (pdf)

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