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Apply for SMF Support 

The SMF invites grant applications for neurodivergent youth engaged in engineering and making. 

  • Opening: 1st Feb 2024

  • Application Review deadline: 31st March

Key Terminology


Before applying, please check you and your potential SMF Star are eligible to apply...

Please read SMF Application Guidance and SMF Terms & Conditions

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Collaborator Criteria

To qualify as Collaborators, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Agree that the support provided by SMF is to be used solely for the charitable purposes for which it was awarded.

  • Provide a safe environment for the SMF Star to learn, with appropriate facilities and policies in place.

  • Agree to report on the progress made throughout the project and provide evidence of any certification on completion of the activities.

  • Agree to all conditions found in our SMF Terms & Conditions. Please read this document before applying.  

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Beneficiary Criteria

To qualify for SMF Support, beneficiaries must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 14 to 25 years.

  • Resident in England or Wales.

  • Are neurodivergent (click to review what's included under the term 'neurodivergent').

  • They should have a palpable interest in and gain a sense of enjoyment from engaging in engineering &/or making.

Application Process

Applications will open on 1st Feb 2024 and be reviewed by 31st March 2024

Step 1

If you are a potential SMF Star, find your collaborator (teacher, employer, club runner) to work on this with you.

If you are a Collaborator, identify your potential SMF Star and tell them about the SMF.

Step 2

Both potential stars and Collaborators must read the SMF Application Guidance and, Collaborators, please read the SMF Terms & Conditions before applying.  They will tell you all the detail you need, including what's in the application form.

Step 3

Double check your eligibility and make sure you meet the criteria to apply.

Step 4


Depending on your age, click below and save the form to your device.  When complete, email it back to us with any supporting documentation.


SMF Application from 14-17 yr olds
SMF Application form 18 - 25 yr olds

(Choose the relevant age group)

What Happens next?

  • Once the application closing date is reached, the Trustees will review the applications over the following month or so to determine the winner(s).

  • The SMF may be back in touch to ask you for additional information during that month.

  • They will aim to let you know if you've been successful or not within 2 months of the Application closing date.

How do the Trustees make their decision?

The Trustees will consider the following to determine the winners:

  • Adherence to the eligibility criteria

  • Alignment with the foundation's mission 

  • Confirmation that the outcomes of the support will demonstrate furtherance to the SMF's charitable purposes

  • Number of candidates and potential impact 

  • The availability of funds

If successful, the SMF will work with the beneficiary and collaborator to provided SMF Support tailored to address each SMF Star's unique need.

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What support can you apply for?

  • SMF Support encompasses various forms of assistance, such as financial aid, mentorship, work experience, and access to certain resources.

  • Detailed examples of SMF support can be found in the SMF Application Guidance.

By signing up you'll be the first to know about upcoming applications rounds, exciting fundraising events, heartwarming star updates and exclusive ways you can get involved with the SMF. 

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