Funding students' interest in science

A new fund has been established to help inspire children about science.

Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 7:40 am
Derry Nugent, Community Foundation, and Charles Hazlerigg, Enviresearch, with Tia and Dylan of St Pauls Church of England School in Newcastle. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

Specialist chemical consultancy company Enviresearch Limited is working alongside the Community Foundation with the new £10,000 fund.

Schools in Northumberland are being encouraged to apply for grants of between £250 and £4,000 to fund capital items, and workshops, guest lecturers, and group field trips and visits. Projects must be able to demonstrate an ability to inspire children about science.

James Garratt, director and founder of Enviresearch, said: “Enviresearch is delighted to establish a Fund at the Community Foundation which seeks to inspire children to learn about science.

“As a company we have reached a point where we’re comfortable and are now able to give back to the community in which we operate.

“This is our what next moment where we can take a step back and decide how we can make a difference with our corporate conscience.

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Derry Nugent, director of philanthropy services at the Community Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to work with Enviresearch on this exciting new opportunity.

“We are encouraging applications in the region of £250 to £4,000, from projects which can inspire children about science.

“Inspiration can come in many forms and it is difficult to say which pebble causes the ripple effect that leads someone on their journey.”

“However what this Fund can do is provide us with more pebbles, and ensure that with a buzz of scientific activity we can inspire a future generation of budding scientists in our region.”