First grant programme closing for potash fund

Charities, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to apply for grants from the Sirius Minerals Foundation, ahead of the approaching deadline for applications on Monday 31st July.

The Foundation is a community fund and independent charity set up to spend a share of the revenue from Sirius Minerals’ Woodsmith Mine near Whitby, which began construction earlier this year. The Foundation has been deliberately designed to put money back into the community and ensure that local people benefit directly from the success of the mine.

“The Foundation is an integral part of our approach,” said Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO at Sirius Minerals. “It has always been important to us that the local area benefits as much as possible. The Foundation is an important means to help us achieve that and to provide a lasting legacy for the local community.”

The Foundation will fund a range of community projects: from bursaries, scholarships or skills training for local people; to improving public spaces and facilities, health and wellbeing or environmental initiatives, and community building schemes.

During the first round of funding of £100,000, grants of between £500 and £5000 are available for projects throughout the area. Bids from those located in the immediate vicinity of the mine infrastructure (within ten miles of Woodsmith Mine and five miles of the mineral transport system access points or the material handling facility at Teesside) are to be prioritised in the initial round. Future funding, made up of an annual royalty of 0.5% of sales from the mine, could be as much as £10 million, and will be open to applicants or projects throughout a wide area.

“The Foundation represents a unique opportunity,” said David Archer, chair of the Foundation. “So, if you’ve been wanting to purchase new equipment for your community group, make improvements to your local community buildings or facilities, or undertake an environmental project, for example, then we want you to submit a bid. We’re very keen to understand where the community demand is, so we want to see lots of well thought through submissions.”

Applications should be made via the Sirius Minerals Foundation website by Monday 31st July. Successful applicants must demonstrate their project will directly improve the lives of local people. Further details and application forms are available at www.siriusmineralsfoundation.co.uk.

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