Round Seven of Orsted’s ‘Skills Fund’ across areas in the East and West Coast of the UK opens

Round Seven of Orsted’s ‘Skills Fund’ across areas in the East and West Coast of the UK opens

Ørsted’s East Coast Skills Fund and its Walney Extension Skills Fund is now open to applications for the seventh round. This year there will be over £230,000 available through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related training or education courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

The East Coast Skills Fund benefits coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk whereas the Walney Extension Skills Fund focusses on coastal locations in Lancashire and Cumbria.

The pot is split between the two geographical areas, and a grant may be awarded to one organisation in each area or divided between several groups that apply. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £10,000 and the closing date for applications this year is Wednesday 26 April. The successful applications will be announced in June.

Imran Nawaz, Ørsted’s Senior Advisor and Community Benefit Fund Manager said: “With our ever changing and growing industry, it is so important for us to invest back into the areas we work in. As part of this, we have to consider the skills needed to help with climate change, and this fund is a great example of upskilling our communities to support their growth. We’re really looking forward to seeing the applications that 2023 has to bring.”

The Fund is being administered by GrantScape. For further information, to see details of the projects awarded grants in the previous rounds, and to find out how to apply, please click below.

East Coast Skills Fund

Walney Extension Skills Fund