Gas Safety Trust calls for grant applications

Gas Safety Trust calls for grant applications

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced its next round of funding for grant applications following the achievement of a £1.5 million grant milestone, having funded a variety of programmes and projects relating to gas safety and carbon monoxide (CO) since 2013.

The Trust, set up in 2005, has in recent years refocused its strategy on funding several strands of CO related research, to provide the underpinning empirical evidence that supports improved awareness and understanding of the effects of CO.

Current research involves the Trust working with a range of medical and academic personnel from various sectors including Fire and Rescue services, Accident and Emergency services, coroners, and low income households. One project is looking at novel biomarkers in order to understand the physical and biochemical characteristics of CO.

Chris Bielby, Chairman of the GST said: “The GST is pleased to have been able to support a number of important projects relating to gas safety and CO. We will continue to fund research looking at both lethal and sub-lethal CO exposure and ways to improve CO data collection and analysis, as we know that strong data will help successfully influence behaviour surrounding CO.”

The Trust looks forward to receiving applications by 31st March 2017, ready for its next funding period opening April 2017 that meet (though are not limited to) these chosen areas of focus:

  • The possible link between CO and neurological conditions
  • CO exposure risks to pregnant women and the foetus
  • CO in the leisure environment
  • CO emissions from solid fuels

The GST provides grants to a wide range of charities, voluntary groups, associations, gas related businesses, social housing associations, local authorities, statutory organisations, academic bodies and others. Parties interested in applying for a GST grant are encouraged to contact Trust Manager, Adrian McConnell, via: [email protected] 

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