What we fund

We want to fund projects that will have a significant, measurable and lasting impact on students, potential students and the wider community’s learning outcomes.

Learning and Life Chances:
Grant Scheme for Glasgow Clyde College.

The three key outcomes that the Foundation seeks to achieve through its grant giving
A. Effective Learning: equity in accessing the best educational opportunities,
B. Improving Pedagogy: demonstrating effective practice, increasing educator confidence and increasing learner attainment;
C. Increased capability and capacity of the College and its partners to deliver on the first two themes.

For each of these priority themes, the Foundation would like to encourage applications for:

A. Effective learning: Supporting the ways students learn
The Foundation’s funding will enable young people and adults to learn in the best way that suits their abilities and needs. This is vitally important to support improved learning attainment and positive transitions into and out of College. Pump priming funding will prioritise projects that recognise the changing ways in which young people and adults learn and communicate. We will support projects that put learners at the centre of shaping the direction of their own learning, whilst emphasising sustainable delivery of good practice (‘what works’).

B. Improving Pedagogy: the way educators teach
The Foundation will fund planned, strategic inputs that focus on improving pedagogy within the College, with an emphasis on increasing educator confidence in the use of new technologies, self-evaluation and continuing professional development that lead to increased attainment for students.
It will prioritise proposals that apply STEM knowledge to new areas of the curriculum, particularly in the areas of health, life sciences and social care. Funding will pump prime new approaches that, based on robust evaluation, may have the potential for mainstreaming as academic staff practice.

C. Capability and Capacity

The Foundation may fund projects that focus on the College’s capacity to deliver improved learning and attainment through investment in effective and efficient business processes and a ‘future proofed’ sustainable infrastructure. The capacity of the College to improve its commercial operations will be supported, where income generated from its commercial activities is re-invested in increasing the quality and number of commercial projects and services offered.

Who Can Apply

  • Glasgow Clyde College at organisation, faculty or directorate level
  • Glasgow Clyde College Student Association

Please speak to the Foundation’s Director about your project idea prior to submitting a full application and ensure that your application has been assessed through the College's own Gateway Approvals Process for funding applications.     

The guidance and application form for this grant scheme is currently under review.

Community partnerships grants:
grant scheme for external, third sector organisations

“enabling young people and adults to learn in the best way that suits their abilities and needs”.

We will consider applications from external not-for-profit organisations where they can demonstrate how their work with the College will achieve significant educational outcomes for the groups they work with, in particular those experiencing disadvantage .

For this programme our themes are:

1. Creating equal access to learning opportunities
2. Taking innovative approaches to learning
3. Transforming educational practice within the College and wider learning sector.

Proposed project beneficiaries must be existing students or potential students of Glasgow Clyde College. The Foundation will particularly welcome applications from organisations that work to support those experiencing disadvantage, in whatever form that may take.

The Community Partnerships grants scheme will fund

• Research and feasibility studies
• Pilot projects/activities that innovate and deliver leading educational practice
• Resources such as curriculum materials
• Project worker staff time

For a full description of our grant making criteria for this scheme can be found here:Community Partnerships guidance August17

We are unable fund capital costs such as purchase of premise or vehicle  and are unlikely to make grants for project funding that will replace existing sources.

Grant making process

We expect to make grant awards totalling no more than  £100,000 per annum (year ending 31 March) for this programme.

Grants will be made for minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £70,000, except where an exceptional case is made.

Where the maximum value of awards has already been made in one financial year, the Director will advise interested applicants of when the next tranche of funding will become available.

Please contact our Director Pauline Radcliffe  for an initial discussion about your project idea before proceeding to develop your project.