East Coast Community Skills Fund

It is widely recognised that the UK will have a shortage of technical and engineering skills needed to meet the UK’s future employment needs. With this in mind, each year, up to £75,000 of the main Fund will be set aside for a “Skills Fund”.

The Skills Fund will be divided up into different strands, but its overall aim is to provide educational and learning opportunities for people within the Fund’s benefit area to help to improve their skills and employment opportunities.

This year, £75,000 is divided into the following two strands:

  1. STEM Educational Fund£55,000 for a project/s which could last over two years.
  2. Hardship Fund£20,000 will be set aside to help support students facing financial difficulties for course fees or transport to courses. This Fund would be split equally between four colleges within the funding area.
The STEM Educational Fund

£55,000 is available through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver STEM related training and/or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events

The full £55,000 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.

We are looking for organisations to apply for grants to:

  • Fund the support, enhancement and expansion of existing projects / networks already set up and delivering local benefits on STEM related activities. Examples of these might include funding for STEM festivals / engagement days / pop up events etc.
  • Create and develop new and innovative initiatives across one or more age ranges from early years, primary, secondary, further or higher education. Examples of this may include development of wind turbine kits for schools in science classes or other resource packs, delivery of extra curriculum activities, or provide renewable wind generators in schools etc.

We will accept applications from all types of groups with appropriate delivery experience, including third sector organisations, as well as experienced consultancies. The works must be delivered within the Main Fund’s benefit area, but can be focussed in just one specific area (i.e. the project does not have to be delivered across the entire benefit area). Projects can last up to two years.

The level of interest and the overall success of the STEM Educational Fund will help determine whether additional rounds will be offered in subsequent years.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, please complete the simple application form which can be accessed below:

The closing date for applications is Thursday 14 September 2017.

Please note this is separate to the Main Fund so it is important you only complete this form.

We will let you know the final decision on your application by early November 2017, with a view to start supporting projects in early January 2018.

If you would like to talk to us about a potential application before you apply, please contact Matt Young or Andrew Budd at GrantScape on 01908 247634.

The Hardship Fund

£20,000 will be provided for hardship grants to students at various colleges throughout the benefit area of the Fund. The money will be targeted at students that don’t fit into traditional funding streams for support, or where the demand for financial support is significantly higher than the funds available. It is not intended to simply replace the hardship funding that the colleges currently distribute.

GrantScape will work directly with four of the main higher educational colleges located within the benefit area of the Fund. The Hardship Fund is therefore not open to applications directly.