Ørsted Announces Round Two of the “Skills Fund” for Coastal Areas of Lancashire and Cumbria

Ørsted Announces Round Two of the “Skills Fund” for Coastal Areas of Lancashire and Cumbria

Ørsted is delighted to announce that Round Two of the Skills Fund is now open to applications. £50,000 will be available again through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

The full £50,000 may be awarded to one organisation, or split between a number of groups that apply. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £10,000, and the closing date for applications is 19 September.

Humphrey Laidlow, Orsted’s Policy Analysist for the Walney Extension wind farm development, said: “Following an extremely positive and high level of interest to the first round of the Skills Fund, we have made the decision to open the Fund again to new applications. The Fund is part of an annual £100,000 pledge to help to improve local skills and employment opportunities within the region, which itself makes up just part of Orsted’s overall annual funding commitment for the local community”.

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) is currently constructing the new offshore wind farm off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. Each year, approximately £600,000 will be made available for skills and community projects for the expected 25 year lifetime of the wind farm, which will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm on completion later this year.

For full details of the projects awarded grants in Round One and to find out how to apply, please click here