How to apply

Grants for School Trips


Applications can now be made for grants for educational trips due to take place in the school year 2016-17, beginning September 2016. They must be received by 31 May 2016.


Trips must be for students in primary or secondary schools or sixth form colleges in the state sector.  Their main purpose must be to stimulate appreciation of visual art and to encourage students to enjoy looking at works of art, especially painting. But that need not be their only purpose, nor need students be studying art or design. The Trust is keen to support trips and projects not confined to students taking art exams and not narrowly focussed on the requirements of a particular exam.


The normal maximum grant will be £3,000. The Trust is willing to make larger grants for trips with students from more than one school. We take into account value for money and how far a grant is needed and likely to make a significant difference. We also look for evidence that trips will be enthusiastically and efficiently organised and students prepared for what they will be seeing and doing.


There is no application form. Applications should be made in writing and should not normally exceed 800 words. They should include the following information:

  • the address of the school or college or other body applying, and the name and email address of the member of staff who can be contacted about the application;
  • the type of institution which the school or college, or other applicant, is;
  • when the proposed trip will take place and what the itinerary will be;
  • the age group of the students and how they will be selected for the trip;
  • approximately how many students and staff will take part;
  • the main aims of the trip or project and how it is hoped to achieve them;
  • how students will be prepared for the trip and whether they will be encouraged to focus on any particular topics or works of art;
  • the approximate cost of the trip;

  • the level of grant sought, the use to which it would be put and how the balance of costs would be met.

Five copies of each application should be sent to the Eridge Trust, 19 Lotfield Street, Orwell, Royston, Herts SG8 5QT, to arrive no later than 31 May 2016. Applicants will be told in early July whether or not their application has been successful. Contact the Trust at the above address, or by email ( or telephone (01223 207549), if you have questions about eligibility or how to apply.

Grants to Museums and Galleries

The Trust also makes a limited number of grants to museums and galleries for projects aimed at encouraging young people up to university age to enjoy and appreciate art. These grants may be up to some £5,000 a year for several years running. We are at the moment particularly interested in projects aimed at encouraging university and college students to enjoy and make use of their local museums and galleries. If you wish to apply on behalf of a museum or gallery for a project for young people, please contact us (telephone 01223 207549, email to discuss what you have in mind.