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.
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.
Each year the ECT Trustees give around £1.6 million to support hundreds of educational projects throughout the UK.
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.
For information on how to apply including criteria, visit http://www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/how-to-apply.html
Closing date for current round of funding is 31 July 2012.