Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).
The Trust operates two grant making programmes:
- The small grants programme (under £4,000) 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
- A larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.
Previous projects supported through the Trust include:
- Swiss Cottage School which received a grant of £7,272 towards an art tutor and resources for an out-of-hours learning project, ensuring learning throughout the year for its 237 special needs pupils.
- The Tetley Arts Centre in Leeds which received a grant of £1,000 for a six-month training programme for undergraduates or recent graduates in fine art and design who wish to gain experience in presenting workshops to children and young people.
- The Cumbria Development Education Centre which received a grant of £7,733 to allow 11 craftspeople, 287 children and 150 parents to take part in a series of workshops to introduce children to crafts and food production on their doorstep.
Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year. The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000.
The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2017
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