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Skills Fund grants available for coastal area

Ørsted is delighted to announce that the second round of their East Coast Skills Fund is now open to applications.

£55,000 will be available again through an open application process to experienced organisations which 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 full £55,000 may be awarded to one organisation, or split between a number of groups. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £10,000, and the closing date for applications is September 12.

A further £20,000 will again be targeted at colleges within the fund's coastal area of benefit, and will be used to help finance local students who are unable to access traditional funding streams for support.

Natasha Nanuck, Ørsted's Senior Stakeholder Advisor, said "As a predominately engineering-based company, we recognise the importance of developing STEM skills, especially in the areas where we will be operating for a number of years.

"The East Coast Skills Fund will commit £75,000 each year for 20 years to help to improve local skills and employment opportunities. Following an extremely positive and high level of interest to the first round of the Skills Fund last year, we are delighted to announce the opportunity is now open again. "

The Skills Fund forms part of the company's £465,000 East Coast Community Fund 20-year annual commitment and is part of the community engagement programme for Ørsted's Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast.

Both wind farms combined will be capable of providing enough energy for over one and a half million homes.

For further information about the Fund and to find out how to apply, please visit www.grantscape.org.uk or call 01908 247634.