The Ernest Cook Trust has announced that from 2019, its grant making will be concentrated on inspiring young people to achieve better educational and life outcomes by learning from the land. Projects that fall within the categories of arts, literacy and STEM remain welcome, but must demonstrate a clear link to learning from the land in their application.
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £12,000 for projects that encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and that link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.
Funding is available via two funding streams:
- The small grants programme awards up to £4,000 to support state schools and small registered charities which require a small amount of pump-priming in order for projects to take place. Most awards are for £1,500 to £2,500. This is a rolling programme with decisions made at meetings taking place at roughly two-monthly intervals throughout the year.
- The large grants programme, for grants of £4,000 up to £12,000, is aimed at larger-scale education programmes. The Trustees meet twice a year in the Spring and Autumn to applications for this programme.
Applications for the Spring meeting 2019 must be received by 31 January 2019.