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Eligibility Checklist

The Owl Collaboration welcomes applications from organisations that are:
  • Registered UK charities.
  • Outdoor learning centres that provide environment, nature or farm-based learning experiences. Centres that provide outdoor activity but with environment and nature-based activities (e.g. bush craft) as a secondary activity will not be eligible.
  • Provide residential accommodation for school groups. Whilst we will consider quality permanent camping sites, we would prefer to fund sites with full residential facilities, such as bunk rooms.
  • Currently already engage with, and provide outdoor experiences for, young people from areas of high deprivation.
  • Willing, and have the capacity and capability, to engage with schools, teachers, students and families during a lockdown situation (e.g. via online platforms).
  • Able to support provision for young people who are disadvantaged for reasons of poverty.
  • Able to accommodate young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Able to accommodate young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including access arrangements.
  • Able to demonstrate an inclusive ethos and consideration for diversity.
This grant is for Outdoor Learning Centres and The Ernest Cook Trust will not fund:
  • Organisations based outside the UK
  • Individuals
  • Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts or other educational institutions
  • Local Authorities
  • Political campaigns
  • The promotion of Religion. Faith organisations may apply, as long as there is clear benefit to the local community and not just those of a particular faith
  • Sole traders
  • Anyone who is applying on behalf of another organisation
  • Organisations without at least two unconnected people on the board or committee
  • Companies that are aimed at generating profits for private distribution