There are certain requirements school partnerships must meet to be able to apply for Connecting Classrooms funding. The criteria has been made as flexible as possible to accommodate maximum partnerships and help bring global learning to classrooms.

All partnerships, whether one-to-one or a cluster, must include at least one UK school and one overseas school. 

Schools wishing to partner with the Middle East and North Africa need to contact to be matched with a school in that region due to specific operating conditions. Existing partnerships will also need approval prior to application.

Types of institutions

We accept grant applications from schools and comparable institutions providing full-time general, vocational, technical and special-needs education. 

Which countries are eligible?

Grant funding is only available in the following countries:

  • Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Yemen
  • South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan
  • Sub Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • United Kingdom.

Can partnerships apply for funding more than once?

Schools that have already submitted an application for funding as a one-to-one partnership may apply at a later date for a second grant as a cluster. 

Schools can only be in receipt of one grant at any given time.

Re-applications are considered from cluster leads following a satisfactory final report and provided the new application is predominantly composed of new schools.

For more information on who can take part, download and read our guides below.