East Coast Community Skills Fund Grants Awarded

The following projects have been supported through the Fund. Grant amounts are shown as the total amount awarded at the time the grant offer was made. All awards made are subject to contract.

2021 – Round 5

In June 2021, £76,617 was awarded to four successful projects as follows:

£39,050 was awarded to Stemettes to  help engage, inspire and educate nearly 600 young women to show the breadth of diversity and opportunities that exist within the Offshore Wind Sector STEM, across 12 inspirational events throughout the funds benefit area.

£10,384 was awarded to the Haven High Academy, in Boston, Lincolnshire, to deliver a series of ten in-school STEM workshops to students in each year group. Each workshop will provide equipment and training on STEMbotics, using robotics and coding to ignite a passion for STEM and Computing.

£16,900 was awarded to Franklin College, in Grimsby, to deliver a programme of learning to sixth form students exploring the emerging hydrogen industry.

£10,283 was awarded to the Independent educational charity, Cambridge Science Centre, to deliver a regional STEM Roadshow.

2020 – Round 4

In 2020, £77,851 was awarded to two successful projects as follows:

£26,851 was awarded to Boston College to deliver their ‘Improving STEM Engagement Opportunities for 5–18 year olds’ project in Boston.

As Boston’s Enthuse Partnership leader, the College will deliver a twelve month project based on the established Formula 1 in Schools programme and will utilise existing kit alongside new resources to maximise reach and value for money. The project staff will visit schools in the eligible area with a trailer filled with resources to engage with children in age appropriate STEM-based activities and competitions. A challenge brief and appropriate resources will then be left with the school so that they can continue the work on the competition until the set deadline. The schools will attend a “finals” event where their solutions will be evaluated.

The project will run throughout the academic year 2020/2021.

£51,000 was awarded to Primary Engineer for their ‘East Coast Skills Primary Engineer Project’. The group will deliver Primary Engineer Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics (SME1) projects at up to 60 schools in six locations within the East Coast Community Fund boundary over a 12 month period.

2019 – Round 3

In 2019, £70,360 was divided into the following two strands:

1. Hardship Fund – £15,000 was set aside to help support students facing financial difficulties for course fees or transport to courses. This Fund was  split equally between three colleges within the funding area as follows:

Boston College – £5,000
College of West Anglia – £5,000
Grimsby Institute – £5,000

2. STEM Educational Fund – £55,360

3D Web Technologies Ltd – a grant of £32,760 to deliver twelve STEM skill-focused workshops for year eight pupils. This project aims to give students an engaging, balanced and educationally valuable bigger picture insight into the complexities of offshore wind farm design. In small teams, pupils will be experiencing what it’s like to work on a wind farm development for the day. The teams will create their own ‘company’ with each member having a specific role such as Project Manager, Financial Manager, Technical Adviser or Public Relations (PR) Consultant. They will have to plan and design a wind farm layout considering real-life constraints and obstacles.

University of Lincoln – a grant of £22,600 for a programme to support key organisations seeking to enhance and improve the technical, engineering and problem-solving capabilities of their workforces, in response to a shift from low-skilled manual roles to more technical engineering requirements. The programme will be dynamic in its content, moving away from more traditional teaching methods towards an interactive approach which will see participants working through key industry skills stations, including building a wind-powered car.

2018 – Round 2

In 2018, £75,000 was divided into the following two strands:

1. Hardship Fund – £10,000 was set aside to help support students facing financial difficulties for course fees or transport to courses. This Fund was  split equally between two colleges within the funding area as follows:

College of West Anglia – £5,000
Grimsby Institute – £5,000

2. STEM Educational Fund – £65,000

The Teacher Scientist Network was awarded £22,985 to provide 12 schools, in the funding area, free access to all the necessary components to run a four week, after-school STEM club, focused on the assembly of a working wind turbine. £20,000 went to STEM Learning to fund an ENTHUSE Partnership in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Franklin College were awarded £12,015 to support students, in their STEM academy, to undertake paid internships, enabling them to gain vital work experience, and £10,000 was awarded to support West Norfolk Academies Trust schools in King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and West Walton, through the West Norfolk STEM Catalyst project.

2017 – Round 1

In 2017, the first £75,000 was divided into the following two strands:

1. Hardship Fund – £20,000 was set aside to help support students facing financial difficulties for course fees or transport to courses. This Fund was  split equally between four colleges within the funding area as follows:

East Riding College – £5,000
Boston College – £5,000
College of West Anglia – £5,000
Grimsby Institute – £5,00

2. STEM Educational Fund – £55,000

Grimsby Institute, a grant of £41,675 to build on existing investment and expertise and create an annual programme of events designed to excite, inform and spark curiosity to over 2000 students in junior, secondary, higher education across the coastal zones of North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and East Lincolnshire.

Alderman Peel High School , a grant of £13,325 develop a sustainable STEM development and outreach project over a two-year period where STEM teachers will work with employers to embed real life project activities into the National Curriculum. It will involve Year 7 and Year 8 students, local employers, teachers and relevant external mentors.