CLA Charitable Trust

The CLA Charitable Trust is dedicated to helping those who are disabled or disadvantaged to visit and participate in learning experiences about the countryside

The latest from the CLA Charitable Trust


We fund

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.

Priority areas

Children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

Funding guidelines

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.

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Application process

Our grant guidelines explain what, who and how we provide funding for worthy causes.

Click below to read our application process and complete our expression of interest form.

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We have granted funding to the following:

2023 funding

Alt Valley Community Trust | £2,400

Provide additional staffing to reach new and wider audiences at their environmental garden.

East Liverpool Riding for the Disabled | £2,500

Pony care costs.

GROW, Yorkshire | £2,500

Funding for Grow Gardener programme supporting development and employment for young adults.

Laudato Si Centre/The Salford Diocesan Trust | £2,000

Development of forest school provision.

Prism Youth Project - Prism City Farm | £2,400

Unrestricted funds Prism City Farm.

Susan's Farm | £5,000

Unrestricted funds for working care farm.

The Forest School | £2,000

Purchase of polytunnel and woodland shelter to provide Woodland Adventure lessons to children with additional needs.

Oswin Project | £5,000

Support rehabilitation of prison leavers through work placement and training in forestry, landscape gardening, and grounds maintenance.

Rusland Horizons Trust | £2,500

One-day therapeutic outdoor sessions for Mind in Furness clients.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust | £2,000

Woodland Wellbeing for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dimobi Trust | £3,000

Outdoor bushcraft activities for neurodiverse children and young people.

Greenslate Community Farm | £1,100

Renovation of small animal area and funding to train one staff member as a forest school leader.

Living Potential Care Farm | £3,500

Walled garden refurbishment.

Natural Ability | £4,000

Day farming service for people with learning difficulties and autism.

Open Country | £4,000

Funding towards their Wild Wetland Workforce project for people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside.

Solidarity Farm CIC | £3,000

Handwashing facility and compost toilet at their farm providing farm-based and outdoor learning for at risk young people.

Adams Activity Ark CIC | £3,777

New toilet facilities to meet the needs of adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, and mental health needs supported through a range of activities at a working dairy farm.

Hextol Foundation | £2,750

Equipment for intergenerational horticulture project.

Don Catchment Rivers Trust | £2,000

Range of activities to improve the environment of the river, access to the blue-green space and community engagement.

Hulme Community Garden Centre | £3,000

Creation of biodiverse, "pocket-park" including growing, playing and learning spaces.

Leeds Children's Charity at Lineham Farm | £3,000

Support disadvantaged children through memorable stays, valuable learning experiences, and much-needed respite at the grounds of Lineham Farm.

Randoms Retreat | £2,669

Safe and secure fencing and hedging around our sensory garden, benefiting horticulture and rewilding activities.

Bonterre CIC | £4,720

Smallholding providing support to disadvantaged children.

Educating Kids Outdoors | £2,500

Schools project to introduce children to gardening by providing them with opportunities to plant, harvest and cook their own vegetables.

Kingswood Trust | £3,122

Days in the Wood project for disadvantaged children.

LEAF Education, | £2,075

One farm visit for inner city Birmingham schools.

Malvern Cube Projects | £2,000

To take four groups of 15 young people on a day trip to Back to the Wild CIC.

Martineau Gardens, | £2,500

Therapeutic horticulture placements.

Oak Tree Farm | £3,000

Conversion of old toilet block into shower room and staff room at rural working environment for people with disabilities.

Wyre Community Land Trust | £1,000

Forest school garden project.

Fordhall Community Land Trust | £3,500

Green prescribing activities at their community owned farm.

Let Us Play | £1,160

Outdoor play sessions at Wildside Activity Centre.

Malvern Special Families | £1,990

Accessible visits to the Malvern Hills for young people with disabilities.

Where Next Association | £2,500

Provide training in horticulture and forest school leadership to three team members.

Stonehouse Gang | £3,000

Structural repairs and improvements to property in Wales used for residential visits.

Chatsworth House Trust | £3,000

Refurbishment of Stickyard learning centre - base for outdoor and nature-related learning activities.

Family Action | £1,216

Purchase of cooker and water heater to increase facilities on site at community allotment, garden and orchard.

SPACE | £2,000

SPACE to Grow - allotment project. Supporting neurodiverse children, young people and their families.

Askefield Project Ltd | £5,000

Purchase and installation of log cabin at their care farm.

John Fielding School PTA | £3,000

Establish horticulture area at new school site.

Nurture Project | £2,000

Barn refurbishment at nature and horticulture therapeutic service.

Little Heroes ASD Group | £2,250

Educational farm visits over the summer holidays.

New Leaf Learning | £3,000

Outdoor learning activities for primary school pupils struggling to engage in mainstream learning.

Thornage Hall Independent Living | £5,000

Sensory garden as part of new accommodation.

Essex Agricultural Society | £5,000

Essex schools’ food and farming day.

Doddington Hall, | £3,000

Construction of two outdoor classrooms as part of the Wilder Connections Project.

Providence House Trust | £2,500

Residential trip to Shallowford Farm.

Evergreen Play Association | £750

Purchase of raised beds, compost, seeds and gardening equipment.

Olive Academies Foundation | £3,000

Support for vulnerable young people through specialist outdoor activities and involvement with working farms.

Organic Lea CIC | £3,000

Community food project providing market gardening training and work experience to 16 to 19 year olds.

Chailey Heritage Foundation | £2,000

Running costs of Patchwork Farm.

Royal Isle of White Agricultural Society | £1,000

Farm and food education day for primary school children.

Wye Community Farm | £3,000

Farm club for local schools and special needs settings.

Down Syndrome Development | £1,000

Horticulture activities for young people aged 16 to 25 years.

Jamie’s Farm Lewes | £5,000

Contribution towards their apprenticeship programme.

Sustainable Sussex | £2,000

Funding for equipment and plants at community farm delivering sustainable, conservation focused, nature informed food growing projects.

Young Epilepsy | £3,000

Outdoor and Woodland Learning Programme including horticulture centre and working farm.

Care in the Garden CIC | £2,000

Purchase and install large new polytunnel.

Farmwise Devon | £2,500

Purchase of trailer to enable visits to schools.

Project Food Devon | £2,000

Provide support sessions, with a local farm, for people struggling with mental health.

The APE Project - St. Paul's Adventure Playground | £2,880

Funding for Permaculture worker to support "Food for Thought" project.

The Straw Patch Project CIC | £3,000

Provide nature-based activities to support people of differing ages and needs.

Cann Bridge School | £590

Outdoor classroom day at Saltram.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm | £4,000

Farm Hands project providing weekend placements for 8 to 11 year olds

Paddington Trust Farm, Somerset | £3,500

Core funding towards their youth development programme of residential farm visits.

St. Werburghs City Farm | £3,000

Horticulture and animal care placements for adults with learning disabilities.

Uncle Paul's Chilli Farm | £4,000

Additional educator to increase delivery and number of beneficiaries in their food production and sustainable farming activities for disadvantaged young people.

City of Exeter YMCA | £3,000

Community gardening and horticulture activities to enable young people to obtain the many social and therapeutic mental health and wellbeing benefits.

Dorset Community Action | £2,000

Create a community growing garden to engage disadvantaged young people.

ARK at Edgwood CIC | £3,000

Intergenerational therapeutic land-based day provision supporting people of all ages and varying needs to improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Noah's Ark Children's Venture | £2,000

Outdoor activity programme for children and young people.

Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society | £5,000

Food story days for young people.

Brecon and District Mind | £3,500

Green Minds – social therapeutic horticulture programme.

Nature Child CIC | £4,140

Provision of a Portaloo and transport costs to enable school visits to their outdoor nature classroom.

Tir Coed | £3,250

Delivery of recreational and educational nature engagement activities.

Life at no. 27 CIC | £3,000

Increase delivery of nature based mental health support at their bespoke therapy garden.

Outside Lives | £2,500

Totally Awesome Tuesdays - providing free day long outdoor activities.

Countryside Learning | £7,000

Enable visits to farms and estates providing a variety of educational opportunities designed to connect children with the countryside in a fun and practical way.

Farms for City Children | £7,000

Provide residential visits for children from disadvantaged communities to their three farms: Nethercott House in Devon, Lower Treginnis in Pembrokeshire and Wick Court in Gloucestershire.

Jamie’s Farm | £7,000

Deliver day or residential programmes for disadvantaged young people on their farms in Bath, Hereford, Monmouth, Lewes, Skipton and Waterloo.

The Country Trust | £7,000

Work with farmers and landowners to facilitate visits to working farms and estates - bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it.

2022 funding

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

Additional Portacabin.

Daisy Chain Project | 2022 | £5,000

Horticulture activities for people with autism.

Dorset Mind | 2022 | £2,966

Ecotherapy garden.

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

Running costs.

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

Core costs.

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

Running costs.

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

Education programmes.

Wildgoose Rural Training | 2022 | £6,000

Blacksmithing project.

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.

2021 funding

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

Building renovations

Clervaux Trust | 2021 | £1000

Ewe roller

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

Running costs

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

Running costs

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

Develop allotment

Youth on the Move | 2021 | £3000

Young people’s countryside residential

Stonebridge City Farm | 2021 | £2500

Running costs

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

About us

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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.

Our objectives

  • 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.

Our Trustees

How to donate

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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.

Contact us

If you would like to help in any way please contact us.

Trust Administrator - Nina Davies

CLA Charitable Trust
16 Belgrave Square


Telephone: 020 7235 0511

Charity commission number: 280264. Find out more here.