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

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.

What we don’t fund

Grants for individuals, retrospective funding, non-educational holidays.

Application process

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
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Trustees meet regularly each year with 2021 meetings scheduled for 15 March, 16 June and 4 October.

All completed applications need to be sent to the trust administrator at least one month before the 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.

In 2020 we granted funding to the following:

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BF Adventures | 2020 | £2500

Adventure days

Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd | 2020 | £3000

Equipment and tools

Down Syndrome Training and Support | 2020 | £1200

Transport costs

Foresight Gardening Enterprise | 2020 | £3000

Horticulture sessions

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

Farm residential

Grpw Cymynedol #CaruAmlwch | 2020 | £1000

Wildlife reserve

Lauriston Farm | 2020 | £2865

Farm work based placement opportunities

Stonebridge City Farm | 2020 | £2500

Volunteer opportunities

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

Forest School

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

SEN Sessions

The Veterans Farm-Able Foundation | 2020 | £1000

Growing Together project

Farms for City Children | 2020 | £5500

Multi-year funding

The Country Trust | 2020 £5500

Multi-year funding

Jamie’s Farm | 2020 | £5500

Multi-year funding

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 £1.9m.

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 2020, the Trust supported 30 charities and projects providing funding of more than £85,000, including multiannual grants to three 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 2021 Trustees

How to donate

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 our donation form below

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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.

How to get involved

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

Trust Administrator - Lisa Hofford

CLA Charitable Trust
16 Belgrave Square


Telephone: 020 7235 0511

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