Equitable Charitable Trust

Date: 29th August 2010

The Equitable Charitable Trust is an education charity. It makes grants totalling up to £1 million each year towards education projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.

Grants of up to £30,000 can be applied for, though most are for sums between £5,000 and £20,000 and multi-year grants rarely exceed £7,500 p.a.

Grants are made by the Trust under three priorities:

  • Education projects or services that support the learning and development of disabled children and young people in the UK;
  • Formal education projects for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK that support delivery of the National Curriculum (i.e. curriculum enrichment projects in schools) or that deliver accredited vocational learning that will increase employability
  • Education projects that will help increase participation in, or improve the quality of, education for disadvantaged or disabled children and young people in developing countries.

The length of funding can range from one to three years towards project costs, capital expenditure, equipment and/or salary costs of a post.

Previously supported projects include a science project for disadvantaged school children, an accredited trade training project for NEET young people, the salary of an education adviser working with disabled young people and a horticulture training programme for young people with disabilities.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis by the Trustees. It is important to read the Trust's guidelines, including the list of what it cannot fund, before making an application.