The fourth annual round of Ørsted’s East Coast Skills Fund is now open to applications. £55,000 will be available again 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 full £55,000 may be awarded to one organisation, or split between a number of groups that apply. The minimum grant organisations can apply for is £10,000, and the closing date for applications is 6 May 2020.

Imran Nawaz, Ørsted’s Stakeholder Advisor and Community Benefit Fund Manager 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.

“Ørsted will continue to commit £75,000 each year for 20 years to help to improve local skills and employment opportunities. We have already worked with a number of organisations which have helped to improve local skills and employment opportunities within the region and this investment makes up just part of Ørsted’s overall annual funding commitment for the local community”.

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 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.

The Fund is being administered by the independent grant-making charity GrantScape. For further information about the Fund and to find out how to apply, please visit their website or call 01908 247634.

Details of the successful recipients from earlier rounds can also been seen on the website.