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 closing date for this years Fund (2017) has now passed. Awarded grants will be announced in early November.

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 was 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 was set aside to help support students facing financial difficulties for course fees or transport to courses. This Fund will be split equally between four colleges within the funding area.
The STEM Educational Fund

£55,000 was available through an open application process to experienced organisations that could 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 applied. The minimum grant organisations could apply for was £10,000.

We were 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 accepted 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 focused in just one specific area (i.e. the project did not have to be delivered across the entire benefit area). Projects could 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.