Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

£250k is now available to inspire youngsters into a brighter future with STEM

NATIONAL Grid and Localgiving have again teamed up to provide £250k of funding for groups that inspire children to engage with STEM subjects and take their learning and connection with this area beyond what is covered by the regular school curriculum.

The Community Matters Fund (STEM Educational Support) is committed to supporting groups of young people in economically disadvantaged communities and those who are marginalised and underrepresented within STEM, widening the reach of a STEM career for the next generation.

Registered charities and non-profit companies could get up to £5,000 each from National Grid Electricity Distribution to engage children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. Unregistered community organisations can apply for up to £2,000.

Successful projects will need to meet at least one of the following themes:

  • Open the eyes of a new generation to the exciting possibilities of a career in STEM, for example, projects that bring the area to life in a lively and engaging way.
  • Inspire further confidence and widen the skills of those already interested in STEM, for example via hands-on workshops and interactive experiments.
  • Break down barriers with access to tools, time, and resources for those for whom STEM’s potential may be unfamiliar, for example, launching after-school coding clubs or giving access to 3D printers.

Andrei Yusfin, CEO of Localgiving who is managing the delivery of the grant added:

“We are delighted to again be partnering with National Grid for the latest Community Matters Fund. As an organisation built on digital technology, we are particularly proud of helping support the next generation to be inspired by the potential of STEM. There’s some real vibrancy and engagement from our community when it comes to supporting youthful ambition and we are very excited to have opened this grant.”

Ellie Patey, Community Engagement Manager for National Grid Electricity Distribution, said on the opening of the grant:

“Big challenges facing schools around resources, time allocation and funding have proven major barriers to engaging kids with this vital area of learning. National Grid is committed to widening the appeal of these exciting subjects which can lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers.

“Inspiring the STEM leaders of tomorrow not only supports National Grid’s wider objectives to deliver a clean, fair and affordable energy future but also plays a part in meeting the anticipated 400,000 roles needed between now and 2050 to reach the UK’s net zero targets.”

Applications opened on Wednesday 6 March and close on Wednesday 27 March. Grants for successful applicants will be distributed in April.

For more information and to apply click here.

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