About the CLA Charitable Trust
The charity was originally founded to encourage landowners to provide access opportunities in England and Wales for the disabled and disadvantaged on their property. It is supported by a subscription from CLA members.
Since its foundation in 1980, the Trust has given more than £1.8m in grants to a wide variety of organisations and projects. In 2014 alone, 28 charities and projects received grants from the Charitable Trust, totalling over £39,000.
The Trust maintains a scholarship programme at Harper Adams University College for students reading Rural Enterprise and Land Management; bursaries are worth £4,000 per annum.
CLA Midlands Director, Caroline Bedell (middle) with Harper Adams scholars Katie Poulter and Edward Wilkinson, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Harper Adams University)
The Trust has also supported Farms for City Children since 2011. FfCC is an organisation providing residential weeks on one of 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. Chief Executive of Farms for City Children, Dr. Tessa Stone, 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."
Impact Report of the Trust's work
In January 2014, the Trustees commissioned an independent report to assess the impact of the work of the Trust and the Executive Summary can be viewed here.
Making an application
We receive many more grant applications than we can fund, each is judged against our objectives, which are:
- To promote education about the countryside for young people from towns and cities and those who are disadvantaged.
- To provide facilities for those who are disabled, who have learning difficulties or who are in some way disadvantaged to enjoy the benefits of the countryside
- To support the advancement of education in agriculture, horticulture and conservation for disadvantaged people, particularly the young.
Recently, the Trustees have found it necessary to apply stricter criteria given the level of demand. As a result, we no longer consider applications for sensory gardens or community allotments, or funding requests from state funded schools or other institutions. Projects which are based on horticultural activities must be able to demonstrate that they provide training which leads to a recognised, accredited qualification for the participants.
Ordinarily, The Trustees will not give money towards core funding or make limited contributions to a much larger project. They prefer to fund specific capital purchases, or a discrete part of a project with which the Trust can be identified. The Trustees are unlikely to approve grants to charities or organisations with substantial financial resources, as they prefer to support smaller projects and organisations to which our limited funding will be crucial. We do not normally give a second grant to a recipient within a minimum of three years of the first or last award.
The Trustees of the CLA Charitable Trust, July 2015. Clockwise from back row - John Homfray, Neil Mainwaring, Bridget Biddell, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher (Chairman) and Sir Hugh Duberly, KCVO CBE
It is an exciting time for us; with a new Administrator and two new Trustees on board, we are looking to the future and to how we can develop the Trust, in order to continue to support those organisations and charities that gain the most benefit from our assistance. At present, we are re-developing our application process; as such, we do not have a funding application form. We welcome email applications containing details of your organisation, the project for which funding is required, costings, timing, sources of other funding, accounts (where applicable) and any other information which you think will help the Trustees in reaching a decision.
How you can help the Trust
You can make a donation to the Trust in one of the following ways -
By text - simply text 'CLAC15' and the amount you wish to donate, e.g., 'CLAC15 £10' to 70070 (standard operator text rates apply)
By regular giving - download the form here
By cheque - to the address below
Via CAF Donate online - access the website here
Legacy planning - you can also remember the Trust in your will by way of a legacy; please contact us to discuss this further.
Hold an event in aid of the Trust - if you are considering holding an event, whether it's a sporting event, a BBQ, or anything else that you would like to do, we can provide you with promotional information about the Trust and advice about organisation of the event and collecting donations leading up to and on the day. Please contact us for further details.
Trust Administrator - Tahirih Mclaren-Brown
CLA Charitable Trust
16 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PQ
Telephone: 020 7235 0511
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org