The Eridge Trust Lotfield House Orwell Royston Hertfordshire SG8 5QT 01223 207549 Background The Eridge Trust provides grants to support trips to museums, galleries and centres of art by students of all ages in the maintained sector. The trips can be organised by schools or education authorities. The maximum grants to schools is £2,000 however, for trips involving more than one school the grant can be larger. In the past schools have been supported in taking GCSE or ‘A’ level students to Paris, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam. Some LEA’s have organised trips for students to visit Tuscany, Seville and Padua. At the other end of the spectrum an infant school was supported (£750) in taking children to the National Gallery and then on a sketching visit to Whipsnade. The Trust can support day trips to local galleries as well as residential trips in this country and abroad. The trust has often supported students following art courses, however, this is not necessary and students from different backgrounds and levels of study are equally eligible provided they are involved in new and exciting encounters with art, sculpture and architecture on the trip. In fact the trust is keen to encourage the enjoyment of art by students who are not studying it academically. The grant can be used in many ways. It could be used to reduce the overall costs for all or to subsidise places for those who would not be able to go otherwise. It could also be used to extend the quality of the trip – a visit to a further city, or an extension of a couple of days, or a flight rather than a lengthy coach journey. The trust would prefer the grant to be used to enrich the experience rather than simply reduce the cost for those who are already going. Applications should be sent in by the end of May and applicants will be told by the end of June whether their application has been successful. Applications Applications should not normally exceed 600 words and should include the following information the address of the school or organisation and the contact name the type of institution(s) the dates and itinerary the age range of students and how they will be selected the numbers of students and staff the main aims of the trip and how it is hoped to achieve them how students will be prepared for the trip and whether they will be focused on any particular issues or works the approximate cost of the trip the level of grant applied for and how it will be used – how the balance of costs will be met Five copies of the application form should be sent to the Eridge Trust at the address above. Normally the deadline is the last day of May. However, phone the Trust to confirm these details at the number above.
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