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Educational Grants for Schools

Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust is a leading education funder.

It provides grants to charities, state schools and not for profit organisations who encourage young people to take an interest in the countryside and the environment.

Funding includes:

  • The Outdoor Essential Grant is a £500 to UK state funded primary and secondary school to enable them to get their pupils learning outdoors.  This might include the creation of a nature area within the school grounds or community.
  • Apprenticeships and Scholarships - for organisations that offer young people work based training and education.

All applications should be made in writing with a description of the project, specifying its educational elements and details of how the money will be spent.

The Ernest Cook has previously provided funding for the Valence School, a residential school for children with physical and complex medical needs in Kent.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation awards grants to schools (including Special schools) to support learning and the aquisition of knowledge.

The Main Grant Scheme provides support to special educational needs to develop the abilities of children/young people to access learning and educational opportunities.

It has previously funded BIBIC (British Institute for Brain Injured Children) and Paternoster School for computer hardware to enhance learning for PMLD children.

Grants are also provided towards the performing arts and to make the arts more accessible.

It also supports libraries, museums and archives.

State schools mainly benefit from The Foyle Schools Library Programme which helps refurbish existing libraries or create new libraries.

The Lord Taverners

The Lord Taverners in addition to providing their distinctive minibuses also provide funding for sensory, soft play and outdoor play equipment.

It is open to schools, clubs and other organisations that cater for young people under the age of 19 years who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.

  • Sensory rooms - offers a choice of 3 different sensory room packages and applications for bespoke sensory rooms
  • Outdoor play spaces - offers a grants of up to 80% to purchase play equipment. Also open to mainstream school with children with behavioural difficulties.

All recipients of funding will need to provide a copy of their Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Protection and Safeguarding Policy”

Application forms can be downloaded from the website.

The Orchard Windfall Fund 

The Orchard Windfalls Fund is open to all schools and community groups

Grants are available for the planting of apple and pear trees.  It is a condition that children aged 16 or under are actively involved in the planting or where the trees are too large to be directly handled by them.

Planting must take place on publicly accessible land, usually in public or charity ownership. The school or community group must be able to raise 25% of planting costs.

Further details and an application form can be found on the website.

Trees for Schools

The Trees for Schools Fund is part of the Tree Council's Futures grant programme.

It is open to all schools in the UK with pupils aged 16 years and under.

Projects must cost between £100 and £1,000 with the school raising 20% of the planting costs.

Planting must take place in National Tree Week.

Further information and an application form can be downloaded from the website.

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon supports projects that improve the quality of life for children and young people who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

The charity has previously provided funding for schools towards soft play rooms, sensory gardens, sensory rooms and hydrotherapy/swimming pools.

To apply: download an a project grant application form and submit to a local Wooden Spoon group.

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust has 3,250 free tree packs to give away to schools and community groups.

These are a great way to improve the school environment and to provide vital shade in the school playground.

Tree packs come in different themes:

  • Wild harvest
  • Year round colour
  • Woodfuel
  • Wildlife
  • Wetland
  • Wildwood
  • Hedge
  • Copse

To apply: complete the on-line application form.

See also:

Able Kidz (for specialist equipment, computers and tuition)

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (for outdoor activities)

Bristol Charities (for applicants under 25 years who live within 10 miles of centre)

Child Brain Injury Trust (for educational assessments)

CLA Charitable Trust

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust (for tennis wheelchairs and equipment)

EMI Music sound Foundation Awards (for instruments and equipment)

John Watson Trust (Scotland only)

Kelloggs Breakfast Clubs

Ovingdean Hall Foundation (for the deaf)

The Phoenix Children's Foundation (specialist equipment for special schools)

St Andrew Holborn (London only)

Take it Away (loans towards musical instruments)

Tesco Charity Trust

True Colours Trust (for hydrotherapy pools and sensory gardens)

YHA Breaks for Kids (Bursaries for school trips)

The following charities in the Community Grants section also provide funding to schools........

  • Tesco Charity Trust - Community Award Scheme
  • Ulverscroft Foundation

And do have a look at the Grants UK pages as there are many local educational trusts that provide grants to schools in their local area.

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