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Ernest Cook Trust
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Good Relations Grant Scheme

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.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a Quaker trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice.  

Scheme details

The information below provides a brief overview of JRCT’s five grants programmes.

  1. Peace and Security
  2. Power and Accountability
  3. Rights and Justice
  4. Sustainable Future
  5. Northern Ireland

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust aims to fund work which will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict

JRCT is interested in funding work which: 

  • addresses the root causes of violence and injustice, rather than alleviating symptoms
  • cannot be funded from other sources
  • is likely to make a long-term, strategic difference.  

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