A further £10,000 has been awarded to two colleges within the Fund’s coastal area of benefit to be used to help finance local students who are unable to access traditional funding streams for support. The colleges to benefit with grants of £5,000 each are the College of West Anglia and the Grimsby Institute.
As well as contributing £75,000 a year to the East Coast Skills Fund, Ørsted has also partnered with Teach First to transform the skills landscape in the North. As part of this Ørsted support Teach First on a number of challenging targets to improve the teacher attraction and retention, and pupil progression in Grimsby, Hull and Merseyside.
Natasha Nanuck, Senior Stakeholder Advisor, said: “Our community funds are designed to give back to the communities in which we operate, but we’ve ringfenced a part of that specifically to enable organisations to develop and deliver STEM-related training. As a predominately engineering-based company, we recognise the importance of developing STEM skills, especially in the areas where we will be operating for a number of years.
“We look forward to seeing the results from this round of funding; each project looks set to deliver an engaging programme and we will announce when the next round of funding will be open to applications early next year.”
The Fund is being administered by the independent grant-making charity GrantScape. For further information about the Fund and when and how to apply, please visit their website www.grantscape.org.uk or call them on 01908 247634.
For more information on Ørsted’s education initiatives please visit: https://orsted.co.uk/About-us/Corporate-Responsibility/Education
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Juliette Sanders – Ørsted: +44 (0)7876 866 284 email@example.com
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About the East Coast Community Fund
Ørsted has committed to a Community Fund worth approximately £465,000 each year for 20 years. £75,000 of the Fund each year is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’.
The Fund supports community and environmental projects along the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts (as far as Wells-next-the-Sea), within a defined area. It is split equally between two annual funding rounds. There are two levels of grants available:
- Small grants between £1,000 and £5,000
- Main grants between £5,001 and £50,000
Applications to the Fund are made using an online application system via the GrantScape website: www.grantscape.org.uk.