Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

Ernest Cook Trust

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. 

Scheme details

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 £1.8 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 small grants, most awarded are in the range £1000 - £1500.
  • For large grants, apart from a few larger awards to projects especially close to the interests of the Trustees, most awards are in the range of £4,000 – £12,000

Find out more on the Ernest Cook Trust website.