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Grants Awarded In Whitby And Scarborough From Sirius Foundation

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Published at 11:59am 20th December 2017 (Updated 1:31pm 20th December 2017)

The Sirius Minerals Foundation has awarded £300,000 to local community projects.

75 local charities, educational establishments and community groups, which include a number from the Yorkshire Coast, will share some of that money, roughly between £500 and £5,000.

The Foundation is a community fund and independent charity and was set up to share revenue from Sirius Minerals’ Woodsmith Mine near Whitby, which began construction earlier this year. 

It chose to treble its original planned funding of £100,000, due to the sheer amount of applications received. 

David Archer, chairman of the Foundation said:

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.

Given the interest, it seemed only right that we increase the budget to better meet people’s needs. 

We’ve chosen a range of applicants to support, from community groups and sports clubs, to environmental projects and social schemes to try and help as broad a range of people as possible.”

Chris Fraser, Sirius Minerals CEO, added:

“Sirius intends to operate in the area for generations to come, and the Foundation is an important means to help us give back to local people and provide a lasting legacy for the community”. 

 

Among the successful applicants was Whitby In Bloom, which was awarded £5,000 to landscape a community area. 

Tanya Brown said:

“Thank you Sirius - with your help Whitby’s Cliff Street Wonderland is no longer a dream and will make a huge difference to people’s lives. 

Your support will enable Whitby In Bloom to improve safety in a forgotten area and create a fabulous themed view point across our fabulous Esk Valley."

The garden will also be used to provide employment related skills to people with disabilities. 

Geology students at Scarborough Sixth Form College are also set to benefit from the Foundation grant.

Marcus Towse, college Principal, said:

“Support from the Sirius Foundation is great news for the Sixth Form College’s Geology students.

The petrological microscope will enable students to see into the structure of minerals and rocks, which really brings alive this part of the subject with great visual impact, and enhances understanding. 

There are so many applications of geological science, including the mining and oil industries, and we can also use this high-grade equipment to help engage younger students across the area, and give a boost to this important subject.”

 

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