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The Chatsworth House Trust applied for the grant to enable them to upgrade their Stickyard Learning Centre
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We support charitable organisations that access the benefits of the countryside to pursue the health and wellbeing of people and to provide opportunities for education about the countryside in England and Wales.
Children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.
Who can apply
Small and medium sized charities and not for profit organisations such as CIC’s with clear social purpose based in England and Wales, who have not been in receipt of a grant from CLACT in the previous three years and have a current safeguarding policy.
What we fund
Applications for running costs, project works and capital works. Evidence of need should be demonstrated.
We make one-off grants and applicants can reapply after three-years. Occasionally, multi-year funding may be awarded at the discretion of the trustees.
What we don’t fund
Grants for individuals, retrospective funding, non-educational holidays.
To apply for a grant, you will need to send the following to the trust administrator either via email or post:
- A completed application form
- The most recent copy of your audited accounts
- A detailed budget for the project which you would like funding for
There are three grant-making meetings in 2023. Please apply by 6th February for your application to be considered at the March meeting; 26th April for the June meeting; and 31st August for the October meeting.
They will then be assessed against the Trust’s aims before a decision is made to submit them to the trustee meeting. All applicants will be contacted after each meeting to advise the outcome of their application. Successful recipients will be required to complete an end of grant form within an agreed timeframe; usually six months after receiving the funds.
We have granted funding to the following:
BF Adventures | 2020 | £2500
Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd | 2020 | £3000
Equipment and tools
Down Syndrome Training and Support | 2020 | £1200
Foresight Gardening Enterprise | 2020 | £3000
Thanet Countryside Trust | 2020 | £2000
Improvement to trails
The Holly Lodge Centre | 2020 | £2000
Bespoke session costs
The Therapy Garden | 2020 | £4000
Visits and horticulture sessions
Perry RDA | 2020 | £1500
Resource for education programme
Barrow Farm RDA | 2020 | £3000
Woodland Path extension
Animal Antiks | 2020 £4000
Residential support sessions
Camp JoJo | 2020 | £4000
Grpw Cymynedol #CaruAmlwch | 2020 | £1000
Lauriston Farm | 2020 | £2865
Farm work based placement opportunities
Stonebridge City Farm | 2020 | £2500
Open Country | 2020 | £4202
Wildflower growing equipment
Shallowford Farm | 2020 | £2500
Outdoor education barn
Resume Foundation | 2020 | £2500
Tractor driving course
East Clayton Farm/Lorica Trust | 2020 | £2700
Mobile goat shelter
Harwes Farm CIC | 2020 | £2700
Hopefields Education Alternative Provision | 2020 | £2750
Movable mud control matting
JPC Community Farm | 2020 | £4920
Petting Farm equipment
Noah’s Place | 2020 | £1600
Under cover potting shed
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Charitable Trust | 2020 | £2500
Outdoor play activity programme
Pennyhooks Farm Trust | 2020 | £2500
Self-contained craft space
Positive Riding for the Disabled Association | 2020 | £1500
Adapted horse box
Riding for Smiles | 2020 | £1500
The Veterans Farm-Able Foundation | 2020 | £1000
Growing Together project
Farms for City Children | 2020 | £5500
The Country Trust | 2020 £5500
Jamie’s Farm | 2020 | £5500
Harper Adams Scholarships | 2021 | £12000
Awards to 2nd and 4th year scholars
Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust | 2021 | £1500
Cricket & Countryside Education Days
The Bryntail Cottage Charity | 2021 | £3000
Clervaux Trust | 2021 | £1000
Food & Farming Discovery Trust | 2021 | £4727
Mobile classroom/trailer conversion
Gorfenna CIC | 2021 | £1648
Equipment for a pop up farm
High Ground | 2021 | £1596
Participant on rural week at Bicton College
Lake District Calvert Trust | 2021 | £5000
Non-staff related operational running costs
The Magdalen Environmental Trust | 2021 | £2378
Accessible surface in polytunnel
Oakleaf Enterprise | 2021 | £1000
Tools including tripod ladder
Rowan Humberstone Ltd | 2021 | £4000
Capital equipment including all-terrain wheelchair
Wellgate Community Farm | 2021 | £5000
Contribution to replacement horse box
Wild Things Ecological Education Collective | 2021 | £4347
Forest school programme
The Holly Lodge Centre | 2021 | £2000
Andover Trees United | 2021 | £5000
Capital costs of connecting steel containers
Doncaster Deaf Trust | 2021 | £2700
Funding forest school staff qualifications
Go Beyond | 2021 | £3150
Go Beyond educational day breaks
Growing Well | 2021 | £5000
Programme costs of 'Recovery Through Activity'
Huckleberries Nurture Farm CIC | 2021 | £1975
Millennium Farm Trust | 2021 | £5000
Network of accessible all weather paths
Ouseburn Farm Charity Ltd | 2021 | £4000
Funding for workshop programme
Umbrella Derby & Derbyshire | 2021 | £3000
Youth on the Move | 2021 | £3000
Young people’s countryside residential
Stonebridge City Farm | 2021 | £2500
Farms for City Children | 2021 | £6000
Running costs – multi-year funding
The Country Trust | 2021 | £6000
Running costs – multi-year funding
Jamie’s Farm | 2021 | £6000
Running costs – multi-year funding
Chaos Group Cornwall | 2021 | £2215
Potting shed with double doors
Cherry Trees | 2021 | £4000
New raised beds
Community Heart Productions | 2021 | £4000
Raised beds and disabled access path
Daisies Kids Club | 2021 | £1800
Day trip to farm
Forest of Avon Trust | 2021 | £2793
Forest school staff costs
Game Change Project CIC | 2021 | £4500
Disabled toilet and wheelchair friendly path
Green Synergy| 2021 | £4560
Children’s garden and wildlife adventure trail
Holly & Hawthorn | 2021 | £1000
Forest school fees
Kids Inspire | 2021 | £2500
Lunch club forest school sessions
Lizard Outreach Trust | 2021 | £4500
Supply equipment, learning materials and tools for activity sessions
The Springhead Trust | 2021 | £1465
Contribute to access audit of Springhead’s built and natural environment
We are Grow| 2021 | £5000
Partial funding of Educational Assistant
Active Hope | 2022 | £2,000
Box trailer for transporting outdoor activity equipment.
Activiteens | 2022 | £2,938
Residential trip for disadvantaged young people.
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust | 2022 | £2,500
Creation of new wildlife garden.
Bradgate Park Trust | 2022 | £1,000
Multi-purpose access hub.
British Disabled Angling Association | 2022 | £3,000
Schools fishing project.
Broadlands Riding for the Disabled | 2022 | £3,000
Establish a bursary to fund riding and carriage driving for disabled young people.
Bwlchgwyn Cabin Crew | 2022 | £4,175
Forest school training for staff.
Cae Rhug Holistic Farm | 2022 | £5,000
Accessible growing area and facilities.
Calon Riding for the Disabled | 2022 | £2,100
Purchase of accessible toilet.
Cambridge Past, Present and Future | 2022 | £4,275
Purchase of off-road mobility scooter.
Camp Mohawk | 2022 | £4,000
Outdoor activities for children with additional needs.
Caring for Life | 2022 | £3,000
Conservation pathway renovation.
Catalys-ability CIC | 2022 | £2,500
Rambling club for disadvantaged young people.
Clapton Common Boys Club | 2022 | £3,958
Early years outdoor learning club.
Clynfyw CIC | 2022 | £4,360
Support for learning centre.
Communigrow | 2022 | £5,000
Running costs to support expansion plans.
Countryside Learning | 2022 | £5,000
School visits to country estates.
Cowran Care | 2022 | £5,000
Daisy Chain Project | 2022 | £5,000
Horticulture activities for people with autism.
Dorset Mind | 2022 | £2,966
Emmanuel House | 2022 | £4,000
Gardening and outdoor activities.
Empowering Futures | 2022 | £5,000
Nature therapy sessions.
Eye Moors Woodlands Society | 2022 | £6,000
New footpath to increase accessibility.
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West | 2022 | £1,000
Kingfisher award scheme for primary school children.
Farms for City Children | 2022 | £6,500
Free to be Kids | 2022 | £5,000
Thrive Outside programme for young people.
Greatwood Charity | 2022 | £4,960
Property refurbishment to provide residential accommodation.
Hands of Hope | 2022 | £2,400
Seeds Planted programme for young people.
Happy Kids | 2022 | £3,030
Nature to Nature project.
Holme Farm | 2022 | £3,000
Community allotments and garden development.
Huckleberries Nurture Farm | 2022 | £1,975
Care farm running costs.
Inside Out for Children | 2022 | £5,000
Magical days out for children and young people.
Jamie’s Farm | 2022 | £6,500
Kepplewray Trust | 2022 | £5,000
Support for their Participation Inclusion Fund.
Kids Space | 2022 | £4,000
Planting Hope gardening project.
Lake District Mobility | 2022 | £5,000
Purchase of an all-terrain mobility tramper.
Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs | 2022 | £1,220
Residential trip for young people.
Led by the Wild CIC | 2022 | £2,500
Hands on conservation and farming visits.
Lindengate | 2022 | £3,000
Nature based activities to support people in need.
Little Ouse Headwaters Project | 2022 | £4,677
Volunteer and visitor wildlife equipment.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm | 2022 | £4,000
Running costs for inner-city market garden programme.
Misgav | 2022 | £2,500
Buds n Sprouts gardening sessions.
Moor Trees | 2022 | £3,000
Core funding for tree growing.
Reach Learning Disability | 2022 | £5,564
Horticultural activities for adults with learning disabilities.
Ride High | 2022 | £2,000
Horse-riding activities for vulnerable children and young people.
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust | 2022 | £3,540
Chef on the Farm visits for school children.
Strongbones Childrens Charitable Trust | 2022 | £5,940
Accessible gardening packs for children with disabilities.
The Cart Shed | 2022 | £4,560
Woodland activities for young people with mental health difficulties.
The Country Trust | 2022 | £6,500
The Visionaries | 2022 | £4,500
Equipment for weekly residential retreats for young people.
Thomas Theyer Foundation | 2022 | £1,000
Core costs towards their work supporting children and young people.
Tower House Horses | 2022 | £5,000
Equine assisted learning programmes.
Tuppeney Barn | 2022 | £5,000
Delivery costs for education programme.
Veterans’ Growth | 2022 | £3,000
Horticultural support sessions for veterans.
West End Women and Girls’ Centre | 2022 | £5,000
Salary for costs for youth work at their smallholding.
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust | 2022 | £3,000
Wildgoose Rural Training | 2022 | £6,000
Winchester Youth Counselling | 2022 | £5,000
Outdoor counselling sessions for young people.
Young Gloucestershire | 2022 | £3,000
Funding towards outdoor youth worker.
Your Park Bristol and Bath | 2022 | £5,000
Connecting people with underused parks and green spaces.
The CLA Charitable Trust is an independent grant-making trust. It is funded almost entirely by CLA members' donations.
It was founded in 1980 by members of the CLA. Since then the trustees have continued the aims of the trust: to expand knowledge of, and access to, the countryside, particularly for disadvantaged people, through grants totalling more than £2m.
Today, the Trust provides educational bursaries within the rural sector and continues to support a wide variety of charities, community projects and not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales.
In 2022, the Trust offered 61 grants and provided funding worth more than £236k including multiannual grants to specific charities whose work is particularly aligned with the Trust’s vision.
Our grant recipients are at the core of our mission and our effectiveness in meeting our aims depends on their work.
- Advancing people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing through financial support of charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, which are delivering access, recreational and educational opportunities within and about the countryside.
- To promote and encourage education in sustainable farming, food production and rural land management.
How to donate
By regular giving - download our donation form below
By cheque - to the address above
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.