The Ernest Cook Trust Grants

Thank you for your interest in The Ernest Cook Trust. In response to Covid-19 we have diverted funding to support priority organisations within our current grantee database. We are therefore not opening up to new applications for any grant programme until further notice. We hope that you will understand our decision to refocus our educational grant giving activity during these unprecedented times.

Further information on the reopening of applications for the previously advertised environmental engagement grant streams including; ECT Outdoor Essentials, ECT Apprenticeships and Scholarships and ECT Outdoor Learning Officers grant streams will be available from April 2021.

As an educational charity, striving for environmental engagement in our society remains our aim, and outdoor learning, connecting with nature and learning from the land remain our focus. We therefore continue to forge connections and closer collaborations with other organisations who are also working to achieve this in their communities and helping to reconnect people throughout the UK with our natural world. We thank you for the valuable part you play in achieving this shared ambition.

We wish you all the very best through these challenging times.

The Grants Team at The Ernest Cook Trust


The Ernest Cook Trust is an educational charity and our vision is for an environmentally engaged society.

We want the nation to better understand the environment and our place in it. All grants awarded from 2019 will be for environmental education projects, outdoor learning and ‘learning from the land’. The Trustees would like to see applicants addressing key global concerns through educational projects which focus on issues such as (but not exclusive to):

  • connecting with nature
  • climate change
  • environmental pollution
  • loss of biodiversity
  • farming and food production
  • renewable energy
  • mental and physical wellbeing
  • social justice

Whilst some of our grant streams have a more youth focus, our Trustees believe there should be no barrier to engaging with the environment and therefore family and community projects are most welcome. We also believe in inclusivity with regards to gender, race, religion or ability. Applications from urban and rural deprived areas and those including disadvantaged members of society will have merit.

Please note that The Ernest Cook Trust only funds projects within the UK. Grants are not made to individuals, agricultural colleges, pre-school groups, independent schools or local authorities and Grants are not made retrospectively.

We are looking forward to engaging in this crucial area of work with you.

Please note that we only accept online applications and the current application round is closed. Please press on the links below:

ECT Apprenticeships and Scholarships Grants

ECT Outdoor Learning Officer Grants

ECT Outdoor Essentials

For further information, contact: grants@ernestcooktrust.org.uk