Top tips: Schools Grant Funding

  • By Gabrielle Cox
  • 14 Jun, 2017

With years of experience, we've put together some top tips for schools, when applying for grant funding. 

As discussed in our previous blog post , at Soltech IT we are able to advise and help UK schools gain funding and grants.  
We work with the individual school to highlight areas which need help and point them towards relevant grant sources.

Our previous post outlined just a few of the funding options available to schools throughout the UK. With years of experience helping schools obtain in excess of £360,000 worth of funding, we have put together some of our top tips when applying for funding.

1. Show you're raising your own funds.
Being able to show that your school is already doing what they can to raise funds is a vital component of many applications. Having evidence of PTA events and the money raised enables funding trusts and charities to see the work you're already doing. 

2. Tell your story.
Every school is unique and telling your story is crucial. Whether underfunding has meant you're working on outdated computers, vulnerable to cyber attacks or you're struggling to raise funds to supply extra resources for your SEN pupils. It is important that you explain the specific challenges that your school is facing.

3. Research relevant funding.
Some funding trusts set out specific criteria for the education organisations eligible for their grants, such as faith schools. Others such as breakfast club funding, support those who are launching a new club rather than supporting an existing one. It is crucial that you fully research the most relevant funding trusts available to your school. 

4. Deadlines. 
Some funding trusts have set deadlines for applications. If you have certain grants in mind, (e.g. The Woodlands Trust for new trees) make sure you're applying in plenty of time. 

5. SEN Numbers. 
If your school has a high number of SEN pupils, that need extra support and resources, these should be outlined. Many grants are able to help supply these pupils with specific resources to improve their education. From individual iPads to sensory rooms, the funding could make all the difference. Similarly, if your school is located in an area of low income, there may be higher grants available. 

6. Audited Accounts.
Some applications request for audited accounts to be supplied. As schools can't supply these, make sure you include this information in the initial application to avoid any delay.


Have some questions or need some advice in applying for grant funding? Pop us a call on 0117 2140 299 or  get in touch  via our contact page. 

SOLTECH IT NEWS

By Gabrielle Cox 23 Aug, 2017
A recent government study reported by the BBC has found that more than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyberattacks with one in 10 companies questions (105 out of the fuse 350) revealed they have no plan in place to cope with hacking. 

As the BBC report highlighted, the annual Cyber Governance Health Check survey found that 54% of company boards identify computer hacking as one of the main threats to their business. With 68% of them had no specific training to deal with a hack. 

As has been shown by the recent hacks this year, they can have devastating effects on a global scale. As highlighted in a previous post , the threat of hacking and ransomware is only ever growing; it is therefore an incredibly important time to prepare for a potential attack. 

By Gabrielle Cox 22 Aug, 2017
At Soltech IT we provide IT support & solutions to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Over the next few weeks we will bring you details on just some of the areas we can help your business. This week we're focusing on our spam filtering solutions. 

The problem:
"I am so fed up of wasting time going through my Inbox, deleting spam emails. I get so many come through that I sometimes miss or delete genuine emails."

The solution:
At Soltech IT we have an advanced filtering solution available, which blocks all emails from known spamming servers. This system significantly reduces Spam and therefore helps protect your IT systems. 

For information or to discuss how we can specifically help you and your business, pop us an email to sales@soltechit.co.uk, visit our contact page or give us a call 0117 2140 299.


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By Gabrielle Cox 17 Aug, 2017
On the 24th July, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) launched a new Cyber Schools Programme,  encouraging teenagers to take part to help the nation address the risk of a future skills shortage. The programme is looking for students, teachers and industry workers to register their interest I taking part. 

The programme will see thousands of teenagers given the opportunity to learn up to date, cyber security skills alongside their usual secondary school studies through a nationwide network of  extracurricular clubs, instructor-led classes and online teaching and games. The programme's aim is to support and develop the skills of school aged children, giving them the ability to work in and tackle the ever growing cyber security sector in the future. 

Confirmed partners include Cyber Security Challenge UK, SANS, BT and FutureLearn who will all work together to deliver the programme which has been allocated £20m. 

The Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock said:   “Our Cyber Schools programme aims to inspire the talent of tomorrow and give thousands of the brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their secondary school studies. I encourage all those with the aptitude, enthusiasm and passion for a cyber security career to register for what will be a challenging and rewarding scheme.”

From those who register their interest, students (aged between 14-18) will be selected for the programme via a pre-entry assessment. Teachers and industry experts are also being encouraged to get involved and register their interest in working with the programme. 

For more information and to register your interest please visit HERE



For advice and guidance on business and education cyber security, please visit our website or pop us an email on contact@soltechit.co.uk / 0117 2140 299.

By Gabrielle Cox 16 Aug, 2017
At Soltech IT we provide IT support & solutions to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Over the next few weeks we will bring you details on just some of the areas we can help your business. This week we're focusing on our available multi-site support packages.

The problem:
"Our business has multiple business sites, each with it's own specific requirements. We're looking for a coordinated IT support  and advice approach from a single trusted source. Although each site is unique we really need consistency." 

The solution:
At Soltech IT, we assign a dedicated account manager to you and your business. They will meet with you for a quarterly infrastructure meeting, allowing you to seek advise and make informed decisions for ongoing IT developments. We can ensure that the IT support we provide is consistent across all sites. 

For information or to discuss how we can specifically help you and your business, pop us an email to sales@soltechit.co.uk, visit our contact page or give us a call 0117 2140 299.
By Gabrielle Cox 15 Aug, 2017
We recently tweeted a brilliant piece by Education Technology, on a pioneering new start up, allowing for children with long term illnesses to participate in school & social activities via the power of technology. 

Initially launched in Norway, the revolutionary concept is now set to launch in the UK. The first product is an avatar, which allows children & young adults who are forced to take long periods of time off of school due to ill health, to maintain a presence in the classroom. Since it's launch In 2016, at the University of Oslo, in consultation with teachers and scientists, the friendly looking robots have been used by over 200 children in Norway, Sweden, Denmark & The Netherlands. 

Karen Dolva, co-founder and CEO of the start up, No Isolation added. 

"We have learnt that when children suffer from long-term illness, their corresponding isolation from friends makes it harder for them to recover and to come back to school when they feel better. We are also aware that developing speech and social skills is just as important as following the curriculum. When they are not a part of the social scene, children miss out on important learning through play and interaction.At No Isolation, the purpose of our technology is to help people alleviate the feeling of loneliness. We want to develop tools for the groups that need more than generic solutions. AV1 helps children with long-term illness to stay in touch with their friends, keep up with their education, and secure that crucial link to everyday life."


This fantastic concept's primary goal is to reduce loneliness amongst children suffering from long term health issues, however, the idea can only be a positive for their education and social skills. The AV-1 robot, which is controlled by the child through an app, allows the child to join in from a hospital bed or sofa at home. The robot acts as the 'eyes, ears and voice' of the child, with a blinking light ti signal when they want to say something and the ability to turn 360' to see and speak to the whole class. 


For more information check out the No Isolation website. 


By Gabrielle Cox 09 Aug, 2017
At Soltech IT we provide IT support & solutions to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Over the next few weeks we will bring you details on just some of the areas we can help your business. This week we're focusing on our Wifi heat mapping business solution. 

The problem:
"My business suffers with awful Wifi dead spots & problems with Wifi calling. Which causes huge delays and disruption to our working day."

The solution:
There is no guesswork with our Business IT Wifi audit and heat mapping solution which takes into account competing Wifi systems and other interference. 

For information or to discuss how we can specifically help you and your business, pop us an email to sales@soltechit.co.uk, visit our contact page or give us a call 0117 2140 299.
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