East Coast Skills Fund

Introduction and Background

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 is 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.

To find out which organisations have been awarded grants so far, please click here

Round Three

£55,000 is available to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver extra curriculum STEM training and/or education courses 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 (minimum grant application £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
• Create and develop new and innovate initiatives across one or more age ranges from early years, primary, secondary, further or higher education.

We will accept applications from all types of groups with STEM delivery experience, including schools, third sector organisations as well as experienced consultancies. The works must be delivered within the Main Fund’s benefit area (please view the map below) and projects can last for up to two years.

If you have been successful in previous rounds, you are not eligible to apply for a further grant for the same project for a two-year period from the date we make the final grant payment. This is to ensure the Fund is spread across a broad range of groups.

However, please note this does not include Local Authorities, Parish and Town Councils if they are applying for a completely separate project at a different location.

If you were unsuccessful in previous rounds you are very welcome to reapply.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, please complete the simple application form which can be found by clicking the Application Form link below. The closing date for applications is 4 September 2019. PLEASE NOTE this is separate to the Main Fund so it is important that you only complete this form.

We will let you know the final decision on your application by the end of October 2019 with a view to start supporting projects beginning no earlier than January 2020.

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