Sirius Minerals Foundation to fund skills projects with new £250k programme

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The Sirius Minerals Foundation has launched its latest grant giving programme, which this year focuses on increasing or developing skills in the local area.

Last year the charity gave out grants totally nearly £300,000 to local community projects.

The Foundation is now seeking applicants for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 from organisations promoting skills projects.

The initiatives will need to serve communities along the Yorkshire and Teesside coast, from Scarborough and Whitby to East Cleveland and Redcar.

In line with two of the Sirius Minerals Foundation’s charitable objectives, bids will be considered that advance education, including supporting projects and training that benefit people by enhancing their skills.

It can also potentially fund projects that help gain skills for those currently out of work.

David Archer, chairman of the foundation, said: “Following the success of last year’s grant giving programme we are delighted to announce that we are making a quarter of a million pounds available to support skills projects in the area.

“We hope to see bids come forward that help to provide more opportunities for local people across the area to gain new skills, as well as complement existing skills initiatives that are already in place.”

This is the second grants programme launched by the Sirius Minerals Foundation, an independent charity funded by Sirius Minerals to create a lasting legacy for the local community.

The initial funding awarded in December 2017 provided around £300,000 to 80 projects throughout Teesside, east Cleveland, Whitby and Scarborough.

The foundation has received initial funding from Sirius Minerals Plc to coincide with the construction of the Woodsmith Mine and will receive an annual royalty of 0.5% of sales when the mine is operational.

Applications forms can be downloaded from and the closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 3 September 2018. Grants are scheduled to be made by the end of 2018.

Potential applicants are invited to learn more about the opportunity and the funding criteria from the foundation’s website.


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