North East schools and community groups urged to bid for share of £10,000 fund to boost bright ideas

Community groups across the North East are in with the chance of winning a share of over £10,000 grants to help their bright ideas.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Students from Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham. Picture by Gary Walsh.

Global chemical company Venator, which have a site at Wynyard, near Hartlepool, has announced the launch of their 2020 Bright Ideas Fund.

It is offering 39 grants of £250 and one top award of £1,000 to schools, clubs, community groups and organisations in the North East that encourage innovation and support learning in STEM (science, technology, maths and engineering) subjects.

The top £1,000 award will go to the applicant that gets the most votes in a public online poll.

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All proposed projects must benefit communities in the North East of England within the local authority boroughs of Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hambleton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton and Sunderland.

Karen Fenwick, Vice President Corporate Branding and Communications at Venator, said: “Innovation is at the heart of what we do at Venator, so it’s really important to us that we’re able to give back to North East communities that nurture innovative thinking and promote STEM-based learning.”

Past winners include the North Shields Heritology Project and Monkhouse Primary School in North Tyneside, Oakfield Infant School in Gateshead, Acklam Grange School Science Club in Middlesbrough, KTS Academy in Redcar & Cleveland, Fens Primary School in Hartlepool and UTC (University Technical College) South Durham.

Entries are open until 10am on Thursday 9 April 2020 and groups are urged to apply online at