Drax Foundation supports education as well as skills development for non-profit organizations and social enterprises in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). It also has its focus on improving green spaces and enhancing biodiversity within local communities.
Other than this, funding is available for organizations which range from smaller community-led projects to larger grants of £50,000 (INR 5.2 lakhs) for established non-profit organizations.
Maximum priority is given to companies for delivering programmes to under-served and under-represented groups. Others include advancing gender equality and supporting indigenous communities.
What Has Happened to the Donation?
The entire donation of £90,000 (INR 9.4 lakhs) is split between three different companies which are situated near Drax Power Station in Yorkshire and the Humber. These three companies are:
- North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP) – For the development of Stem programmes it works with schools and businesses.
- Don Catchment Rivers Trust – This offers led conservation and nature-based STEM Education for children.
- Toranj Tuition – A hull-based organisation for stimulating social mobility and for providing equal opportunities for children and adults.
Whereas, £50,000 (INR 5.2 lakhs) split between two different projects which are near Drax’s hydro operations in Scotland. These two companies are:
- Argyll and the Isles Coast Countryside Trust – In order to expand outdoor STEM learning for primary school children.
- Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium – For providing better access for the rural population in Southwest Scotland.
Moreover, US$ 1,00,000 awarded to 4 different projects in the USA where Drax Foundation owns several pellet plants, as mentioned below:
- Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering: To stimulate STEM programmes for minority communities in East Texas.
- Galveston Bay Foundation: To engage children in conservation through STEM education.
- Houston Audubon: To launch a pilot project to engage schools and families in nature programmes.
- Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism & Sustainability: To implement a habitat restoration programme in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Also, CAD$1,50,000 awarded to 3 different projects near Drax’s pellet operations in Canada:
- Scientists in School: To expand STEM education for students in Alberta and BC.
- The Exploration Place: To stimulate a STEM outreach program among First Nations communities in the Prince George’s region.
- Connected North: To provide STEM learning for First Nations communities across Manitoba, Yukon, Alberta, Ontario and Northwest communities.