As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, 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, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, 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. Click here to download a list showing a selection of recent grant recipients.

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.


Children make musical connections

Connections (500x333)Gloucestershire schoolchildren joined world-class musicians recently in a creative music project inspired by Stroud and Gloucestershire’s canal and railway heritage.

The Connections project, which was part-funded by ECT, involved 120 pupils from Chalford Hill, Eastington and Stroud Valley primary schools … Read more...

Latest Grants News

ECT Arkwright ScholarsAs a major donor, the Ernest Cook Trust has always been particular in defining the kinds of education work it funds. These have included initiatives which further young people’s interest in the countryside and environment, in arts and crafts, architecture, … Read more...

Graduate chooses woodland career path

Young graduate Fiona de Wert has chosen an unusual career – working in a Dorset woodland, learning an ancient rural craft.

Fiona, aged 25, is the first trainee in a newly-funded apprenticeship scheme designed to halt the decline in the … Read more...