Instant Impact

“Our first-time trip was an absolutely mindblowing experience for all the kids involved. They learned more about Germany in 4 days at our partner school than I could ever teach them in the classroom.”

(UK primary teacher)

The Instant Impact grant supports first-time visits for groups of young people to a partner school or youth group in Germany.

  • What does the grant support?

    First-time taster trips (one-way) for groups of young people to a partner school or youth group in Germany.

    The grant aims to help kick-start new partnerships by enabling the young people to: 

    • meet their peers for the first time,
    • gain an insight into the culture of the other country and
    • engage in joint activities related to a chosen topic.

    The theme or topic of the visit can be flexible but the visit must contribute to the young people’s wider learning or skills development through collaboration, discussion and reflection, and be explored from a UK-German perspective.

    A language-learning element is welcomed but not compulsory.

    The majority of the time during the visit (minimum of 2 days not including travel) must be spent on joint activities with a high level of interaction between the young people from both countries.

    For a full list of the grant criteria, and before submitting an application, please read the Instant Impact guidelines.

  • Who is it for?

    The grant is open to primary, secondary and SEN schools, FE colleges and youth groups in the UK and Germany.

    The visit must involve at least 5 young people, and especially those, who would not otherwise have the chance to take part.

    Applications from local clusters of institutions are also welcome.

    Your German partner institution can also apply for a separate grant for a first-time visit to your institution.

  • What funding is available?

    Funding of normally up to £2,500 is available, depending on the overall costs of the visit. 

    The grant can cover a maximum of 75% of total cost of the visit.

    In exceptional cases, it is possible to apply for a higher amount of funding (please see the guidelines for full details).

    The following visit costs can be supported:

    • travel and transport
    • accommodation and subsistence
    • joint activities between the young people, including excursions
    • costs for your exchange partners to take part in joint activities with your group while you are in Germany
    • materials and room hire
    • visa costs directly related to project visits
    • virtual / digital activities (hardware and software*)

    * the grant can be partially used towards software, hardware or hardware rental but can not cover more than 75% of the cost of any such items.

    Up to 25% of the total grant can be used for organisational support.

    For full details of the funding amounts, eligibility and procedures, please refer to the Instant Impact guidelines.

  • How can we apply?

    Important: before submitting an application, please:

    The Instant Impact programme has a rolling deadline. However, applications must be received by UK-German Connection at least six weeks in advance of the visit. Applications must be made by the travelling institution.

    To apply, please download and save the Instant Impact application form. Complete this and sign it electronically. Also download and fill in the project costings form, then send these two documents to funding@ukgermanconnection.org.

    Please note that your German partner institution can also apply for a separate grant for a first-time visit to your institution.

  • What happens next?

    You will normally be notified of the outcome of your application within three weeks of receipt of the complete application.

    The grant will be provided in two instalments, with 75% of the overall agreed grant provided in advance of the trip and the remaining amount paid on receipt of a report and financial reconciliation.

  • Q&A webinars, contact and support

    We are running a series of Q&A webinars for anyone interested in finding out more about UK-German Connection funding programmes.

    These interactive sessions will provide detailed information about our grants and offer you the chance to ask questions and run your ideas past us.

    To sign up, please use the short registration form for one of the dates below:

    • Thursday, 27 May; 5-6pm GMT (for UK schools and youth groups, in English)
    • Thursday, 17 June; 4-5pm GMT (for German schools and youth groups, in German)
    • Monday, 28 June; 5-6pm GMT (for UK and German schools and youth groups, in English and German)
    • Wednesday, 30 June; 4-5pm GMT (for German schools and youth groups, in German)
    • Monday, 12 July; 5-6pm GMT (for UK schools and youth groups, in English)

    If you have any questions about the programme or would like to discuss your plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at funding@ukgermanconnection.org.