John Higgs Awards

John Higgs, founder of The Arkleton Trust, died in 1986. He worked in FAO with David Moore before becoming Secretary of The Duchy of Cornwall until his death. Arkleton is the name of his Scottish home which, in the early days, was used for seminars. The John Higgs Fund seeks to identify groups doing specific development, community or educational work in rural areas [not within the schooling system], which are either struggling to start, having trouble in maintaining valuable activities, wishing to develop in new or unfamiliar areas, or seeking to evaluate their work. In addition, the fund tries to assist these groups to find the right person to help and guide their efforts.

From 2008, the John Higgs fund will be concentrating its efforts on working in an advisory capacity to the Arkleton Trust on its work in identifying with the Arkleton Trust Fellowships, and from 2012 with the Arkleton Trust study Trips, and is therefore no longer taking external applications for funding.

Comments and Reflections from Past Awardees

Chris Madine

Earlier Awards are detailed below:

Yearsort ascending Scope of the Award Case Study
Terry Cannon 2012 A report on rural livelihood diversification and adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh. Also attending the 2012 seminar. A copy of the report can be found in 'other publications' entitled Livelihood analysis and diversification for ARCAB project'.
Chris Madine 2010 The Sir John Higgs Fund continued to support the Chuckchi / Barefoot College project. Chris Madine travelled to Siberia to visit the Chuckchi to get greater understanding of how their communities operate and an agreement for a pilot project was developed to install solar lights for one brigade of reindeer herders. Solar panel project in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia
Yayasan Tandabaca 2007 To develop a Video entitled “Social Transformation, the People’s Strategy in Dealing with Social Disaster”, showing adaptation by communities after the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquakes of 2006 Community Adaptation to Yogyakarta and Central Java Earthquakes
Gordon Rural Action 2006 Portable printer
Castle of Mey Trust 2004 Facilitate printing of report for Arkleton Centre
Solway Heritage 2004 Facilitate one landscape architect to attend a stonewall building conference in Greece
Critical Mass Theatre 2004 Funded an advisor to travel to Uganda to do a feasibility study for future Ugandan/UK productions
Professor B S Baviskar 2003 Attend IRN conference in Inverness
Lauren Rickards 2003 Problematising the Agricultural Field: Conceptions of Nature and Rurality in Agricultural Education – A Case Study Approach
Hatherleigh Project 2002 Contribution