Ernest Cook Trust

About:

The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants.

The Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations 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.

A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year.

Small and large grants programme:

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 programme is a rolling one, with meetings at two-monthly intervals throughout the year – but it is wise to think well ahead. Suitable applications are allocated to the next available meeting, however due to high demand you are advised to submit an application at least six months ahead of your project start date.

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.

How to apply:
There are no application forms. All applicants are asked to post a covering letter on the official headed paper of the applicant organisation.

Deadline:
The Trustees consider grant applications below £3000 at meetings in February, May, July, September and December. Grants in excess of £3000 need to be submitted by 31st January and 31st August.

Suitable for:
Registered charities, schools and not for profit organisations

Contact details:
The Ernest Cook Trust, The Estate Office, Fairford Park, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4JH
T 01285 713273
F 01285 711692
www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk