Walney Extension 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 Three

This round closed on 4 September 2019 and decisions will be notified by the end of October 2019 with a view to start supporting projects beginning no earlier than January 2020.

Groups were invited to apply for:

£50,000 to develop and deliver extra curriculum STEM 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)

Organisations could 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 from all types of groups with STEM delivery experience were accepted, including schools, third sector organisations as well as experienced consultancies.

The funded projects must be delivered within the Main Fund’s benefit area (please view the map below) and can last for up to two years.


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

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