Local charities and community groups with a particular focus on inspiring and encouraging women and girls into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are being urged to apply for up to £20,000 of funding. Applications for funding from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, are open from 1-15th August, and a funding pot of £1m is available for projects focussing on employability, promoting human rights and combatting poverty.
With the gender pay gap never being far from the news this year, the trust is particularly interested in seeing applications from projects aiming to support women with employability skills for STEM industries. A project that has previously received funding was a series of creative digital and coding skills workshops for girls aged 11-18. This is a fantastic opportunity for organisations and projects with a similar focus to benefit from a funding boost.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “This year saw over 10,000 organisations in the UK publish a report into the gender pay gap and findings from our own report highlighted that we could do more to encourage women into highly specialised STEM fields, where women are traditionally under represented. Grass roots community projects play a huge role in inspiring the next generation of creative coding geniuses and female tech leaders so I’d urge as many groups as possible to get an application in.”
For any groups seeking funding that falls outside of this category, players of People’s Postcode Lottery also support two other trusts which are also currently accepting applications: Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust.
A minimum of 32% from every People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes directly to good causes. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £320m for more than 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.