Hornsea 3 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 £100,000 of the Hornsea 3 Community Fund will be set aside for a “STEM Educational Fund”. The aim being, to provide educational and learning opportunities for people within the Skills Fund benefit area (see map image link, below), to help improve their skills and employment opportunities.

The 2024 STEM Educational Fund is now Open to Applications.

£20,000 has already been ringfenced, in this first year, to create the Ørsted Greener Futures Scholarships with the University of East Anglia. This will support one undergraduate and one post graduate student to do a STEM related course. Further information about this opportunity can be found by following the link, below:


The remaining £80,000 is available for grants through an open application process to experienced organisations that can develop and deliver STEM educational projects, including training and / or educational courses, a one-off event, or a programme of targeted events.

What Can I Apply For?

Groups can apply for up to £80,000 per application. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £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. Examples of these might include funding for STEM festivals / engagement days / pop up events etc.
  • Create and develop new and innovative initiatives across one or more age range from early years, primary, secondary, further or higher education. Examples of this may include development of wind turbine kits for schools in science classes, or other resource packs or delivery of other extra curriculum activities.

We will accept applications from all types of groups with appropriate delivery experience including third sector organisations, as well as experienced consultancies.

Where Can I Deliver STEM Educational Activities?

Your project must be delivered within the Skills Fund benefit area (between the North Norfolk coastline and the marked blue line) as shown on the map. Please note this is different to the main Hornsea 3 Community Fund zone. To check if your project delivery area is within the eligible benefit area, please click the map image link below:

If you have questions about whether your project is located in the eligible area, please call the GrantScape team. We would much rather we confirm this before you spend time completing your application to find out later, that your project is not eligible.

Groups can only submit one application per Fund (i.e. you can apply to the other Ørsted Skills Funds at the same time, but you will need to complete a separate application).

How Can I Apply?

To apply for a grant please complete and submit the online application form before the closing date of 1 May 2024. Final decisions on applications will be announced by the end of June 2024.

Important Note This closing date is different to the main Community Fund and so please make sure you submit your application by the correct date, as late submissions will not be considered.

If you would like to discuss your application before you apply please feel free to call us on 01908 247630.