Grants are available for UK-based educational projects in the fields of the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
- Fund Value: £ 2,000,000
- Maximum Value: £ 12,000
- Average Value: £ 1,500
The Trust awards up to £2 million each year through its grants programmes:
- Small grants of less than £4,000. Most awards are in the region of £1,000 to £1,500.
- Large grants of more than £4,000. Most awards are in the range of £4,000 to £12,000.
The Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, state schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
Applications for Small Grants may be submitted at any time. The annual deadlines for Large Grants are 31 January and 31 July.
Registered charities, state schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply.
Funding is available to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.
Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.
The small grants programme supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust’s objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.
The large grants programme is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes: these sometimes require support for the salary of an education officer; in such cases the ECT would always expect to be a part-funder. The range of the programme is wide; over the years education projects linked to theatres, art galleries and orchestras have been supported, as have those covering a wide range of environmental and countryside projects.
Match Funding Restrictions
Applicants are expected to show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured. The Trust always expects to be a part funder and does not commit funds for more than one year.
Funding is not available for the following:
- Projects that have already taken place.
- Individuals, Agricultural Colleges, independent schools, local authorities or pre-school groups.
- Building work, infrastructure or refurbishment work.
- Youth work, social support, therapy and medical treatment, including projects using the arts, environment or literacy and numeracy for these purposes.
- Projects related to sports, outward bound type activities or recreation.
- Overseas projects.
- Wildlife Trusts and for Farming & Wildlife Advisory Groups other than those which are based in counties in which the ECT owns land (Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire).
Successful applicants are normally asked to wait three years before applying for further help.
Examples of previously awarded organisations include:
- Basketry and Beyond, not-for-profit group in Devon.
- Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
- Cast Cymru.
- Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
- Coggles Heritage Trust.
- City College Norwich.
- Dersingham Primary School, in Kings Lynn.
- Echo Echo Dance Theatre, Northern Ireland.
- Eco Drama, a charity in Glasgow.
- Engineering Development Trust, in the East Midlands.
- Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
- Petroc, further education college in north Devon.
- Endelienta, a charity in north Cornwall.
- Rewrite, in Southwark.
- Selkirk High School, in the Scottish Borders.
- University of Sunderland.
Applications may be made at any time.
- Meetings to consider small grant applications take place bi-monthly throughout the year. There are no specific closing dates and suitable applications are allocated to the next available meeting. Due to high demand, applicants are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of the project start date.
- Meetings to consider large grants are held in April and September.
- The deadline for the April meeting is 31 January. Only projects related to the arts, crafts & architecture and literacy, numeracy and science are considered.
- The deadline for the September meeting is 31 July. Only projects covering environment & countryside and literacy, numeracy and science are considered.
There are no application forms. Applicants are asked to post a covering letter on the official headed paper of the applicant organisation and include:
- Up to two additional sheets of A4 describing the organisation, outlining the project and specifying its educational elements and the way in which it fits in with the interests of the ECT.
- A simple budget for the project, outlining the way in which the grant would be spent.
- A list of any other funding applications.
- The latest annual report and accounts for the organisation (schools are not required to send one).
Applicants should not send any further supporting material or submit email applications.
Contact the Ernest Cook Trust for further information.
Addresses and contacts
- Grants Administrator
The Ernest Cook Trust
The Estate Office
- Telephone: 01285 712492
- Email: [email protected]