School partnership bursaries

Applications for this programme are now open.

Deadline: 31 January 2022

  • Do you have a link with a school in Germany?
  • Have your schools kept in touch or engaged in joint virtual activity in 2021?
  • Are you planning face-to-face or virtual partnership activities in 2022?

2021 has been a challenging year for UK-German partnerships but now that travel and exchange activities between the UK and Germany are beginning to pick up again, UK-German Connection is offering special partnership bursaries of £1,000.00 to help keep school partnerships alive in 2022 (NB: please do also encourage your German partner school to apply).

  • Purpose and further funding

    School partnership bursaries are designed to support a range of activities between existing partner schools over the course of a year and are aimed at keeping school partnerships alive. They can be used for more than one activity in a year and to support multiple target groups.

    Further grants are available for thematic projects, planning visits and first-time visits for schools and youth groups.

  • What the bursaries can cover

    The bursaries can be used towards:

    • visits to a partner school (pupil or teacher travel, accommodation and subsistence)
    • joint activities between you and your partner school in Germany
    • materials for joint projects
    • virtual activities
    • hosting your partners

    The bursaries can be partially be used towards:

    • safeguarding costs / police checks
    • supply cover
    • insurance
    • hardware (please note that no single item can be covered in full)

    The bursaries must be used for joint activity taking place in 2022  and support direct contact between the young people from both countries.

    Please note that they may not be used to cover tourist-related activities or one-sided visits.

  • How to apply

    Fill in a short online form to tell us about your partnership activities to date, how you have maintained contact in 2021, your plans for 2022 and how you would spend the bursary from UK-German Connection.

    Complete this form to submit your entry.

    Please send us your answers by 31 January 2022.

    Schools will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of February 2022.

    Contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your partnership.

    Please note: if you were previously awarded a bursary for 2019-2020 activity and to date have not been able to spend the bursary this under the conditions outlined, there is no need to apply again. If you were able to spend the bursary your were awarded in 2019-2020, you may apply for a new bursary for activity taking place in 2022.

  • 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 funding 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:

    • Tuesday, 19 October; 5-6pm GMT (for UK schools, in English) – registration closed
    • Monday, 8 November; 5-6pm GMT (for UK and German schools, in English and German) – registration closed
    • Tuesday, 16 November; 4-5pm GMT (for German schools, in German) – registration closed
    • Wednesday, 8 December; 5-6pm GMT (for UK and German schools, in English and German)

    Further Q&A webinars for January will be advertised in December.

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