The CLA Charitable Trust
The CLA Charitable Trust provides education, recreation and facilities in the countryside for those who are disabled or disadvantaged and particularly for young people. The charity was originally founded to encourage landowners to provide opportunities for the disabled and disadvantaged on their property and CLA members support the Trust generously
Since its inception in 1980, the Trust has awarded more than £1.75 million in grants.
In 2011, the original fund for the Wilson-North scholarships at Harper Adams University College was exhausted and in future CLA Charitable Trust scholarships will be awarded. Katie Poulter is now in her second year of the Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree course at the College and the last Wilson-North scholar , Eleanor Leivers, is in her final term leading to graduation. Both scholarships are worth £3,000 p.a
Peter Geldart, Director of the CLA Charitable Trust, says “The Charitable Trust has built a close and valued relationship with Harper Adams, which we know extends to the CLA as a whole. Our Trustees are most impressed by the high standard of education and facilities offered by the University College."
For more information, contact Peter Geldart at the address shown below or Renee Gallina-Morris at Harper Adams University College, Newport. Shropshire. TF10 8NB Tel : 01952 820280
Another educational partnership has been established between the Trust and Farms for City Children, an organisation which provides residential weeks on one of their three working farms for children from urban environments and special needs schools. The youngsters take full part in the working life of the farms, all of which have livestock, and for many of them it is their first experience of seeing agricultural animals. For some, it is their first real contact with an environment which is not concrete and buildings, and for many it is literally life changing. The Trust has agreed to give £10,000 a year to fund three week-long visits, one of which should be for a school catering for those with special needs. Chief executive of Farms for City Children, Helen Chaloner, says “ Such support is invaluable to us in being able to give children an experience which might otherwise not be available to them and we are delighted to have made this agreement with the CLA’s own charity"
The grants made by the Trustees at their February 2013 meeting included £1,000 to Kesteven Rideability in Lincolnshire to take some disabled riders for a residential week at Clwyd Riding Centre, £1,250 to Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for a mobile farm to visit wounded servicemen and women and £1,000 for Kent Agricultural Society towards their Living Land Day, to introduce primary schoolchildren to farming and other land-based industries.
Please help the Trust by giving a direct donation, by entering into a covenant or, most importantly, by attending the regular regional fundraising events organised by CLA members and staff.
We urge any professional members who are lawyers to remember the Trust when clients ask for advice on worthy recipients of bequests.
Please consider including us in your will.
Remember that by completing a Gift Aid declaration, you can help the Trust to add .22p in the pound to your donation or contribution.
Click here to download a Gift Aid Form and Standing Order Form.
Applications for funding.
We do not have an application form to apply for funding; please apply in writing to Peter Geldart with details of your organisation, the project for which funding is required, costings, timing, sources of other funding and any other information which you think will help the Trustees in their decision.. The Trustees meet in February, May, August and November.
T: 01636 823835
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