“We’re calling on more charities and community groups in Wales to apply for funding from the CLA Charitable Trust before the applications deadline on 6 February 2023,” says Nigel Hollett, Director CLA Cymru.
“The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is a membership body for land managers and rural businesses. Part of the CLA’s activities, the Charitable Trust supports organisations that bring the many benefits of the countryside to support peoples’ health and wellbeing and further peoples’ education about the countryside. Priority areas are supporting disadvantaged or disabled people whose circumstances make it difficult for them to experience the countryside.”
“In the recent past in Wales we have supported a community sensory garden, a charity which supports disabled people in providing riding experiences and also an initiative which provided outdoor experiences of nature for young children who had been isolated by the pandemic.”
“We look to support around 50 charities or community groups, distributing about £200,000 in England and Wales per year. Typically we provide grants of up-to £5,000 for charities, community groups and projects which meet our criteria.”
“We would welcome more applications from organisations providing nature-based solutions to tackle important issues of the day: assisting those with mental health challenges, disadvantage and social inclusion, refugees and those with special educational needs.”
“We fund projects, running costs and capital works for small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profit organisations with a clear social purpose. Our application process requires a demonstration of need and benefit for the investment. We don’t fund individuals, retrospective funding and non-educational holidays.”