Grants benefit over 200,000 pupils

Our applications for 2020/21 have been simplified due to Covid pressures

As the Hinkley Connection Education Fund 20/21 grant application period draws to a close, National Grid is delighted to announce that it will be awarding over £230,000 to local schools during this round. This takes the total to date to £580,000, benefitting over 200,000 local children.

Every state-funded primary and secondary school in the local authority areas closest to the Hinkley Connection Project (Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucester) is eligible to apply for a £500 or £1250 (for secondary schools) grant for STEM equipment during every year of the project.

This year, to reduce pressure on stretched school staff, it was decided that every school that applied last year would automatically receive a grant, without the need for a fresh application.

James Goode, Project Director, said: “We want to use the Hinkley Connection Project to inspire children from all backgrounds and get them excited about STEM subjects.

“We know how much pressure teachers are under at the moment, as they support children and families during the pandemic. We don’t want to see any children left behind, so have made it as simple as possible for schools to get the grant this year.”

Since 2018, National Grid has made over 851 grants to local schools, with many schools benefiting from three grants. The STEM grants have supported more than 211,119 students, including over 32,443 disadvantaged pupils.