Walney Extension Community Skills Fund

Introduction and Background

It is widely recognised that the UK will have a shortage of skilled people to meet the UK’s future employment needs. With this in mind, each year, up to £100,000 of the main Community Fund will be set aside for the “Skills Fund”.

The Skills Fund will be divided up into various 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 2 – Closing date has passed

In 2018, £50,000 is available to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver extra curriculum STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) training and/or education courses 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 (minimum grant application £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
  • Create and develop new and innovate initiatives across one or more age ranges from early years, primary, secondary, further or higher education.

Applications were accepted 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 and projects could last up to two years.