Arkleton Trust Awards

Currently Closed for Applications



The Arkleton Trust has a long history of supporting national and international approaches to rural development policy and practice and encouraging the sharing of experience and knowledge gained, with particular emphasis on assisting and promoting rural development in the poorer and developing countries around the world.  It has done this through a range of mechanisms, including publications, seminars, study tours and fellowships.

Over the years, it has found that one of the most effective ways of transferring knowledge and expertise has been through study tours and exchanges between countries by groups and individuals.  These often involve or are facilitated by governments, NGOs, universities and other establishments, but may also include less formal arrangements.

The Arkleton Trust has, therefore, decided to focus its funding in the future to support study tours, visits and exchanges which help facilitate valuable knowledge exchanges.

In particular, the Trust wishes to facilitate learning and rural development in the developing world, and will, therefore, give priority to applications that seek to address this priority.

The Trust wishes to actively promote awards to rural development practitioners and grass root organisations.  Whilst the Trust welcomes the involvement of universities and governments in the proposed visits, it is not intended that support would be made available simply for intergovernmental or inter-university exchanges.  Any proposals need to demonstrate how rural development practitioners and other actors in the rural development field will be involved and the potential benefits to them.

Applications will be invited periodically throughout the year.

The Trust has only limited funds available, and therefore will be looking for applications that demonstrate partnership and commitment from others, before applying for our funding.


The Trust is keen to see practical outputs from its funding, rather than more detailed research reports.  Where practical, it would like to be actively involved in helping to develop the study tours and exchanges and, from time to time, members of the Trust, may participate in the study trips, and will help to develop linkages and networks.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide regular updates, as their proposals progress, and to submit a final case study / report of the study tour / exchange; participants reflections on the event, what they have learnt and can apply at ‘home’; and future expectations of how the learning can be applied after the tour / exchange.


The Arkleton Trust Award History

In the past the Arkleton Trust separated its awards into three main areas supported by different funding sources.  With the exception of the David Moore Fund (which is restricted in use) all funds now are used for the Arkleton Trust Awards.


The David Moore Awards

This award was established, with contributions from family, friends and colleagues, in memory of the late David Moore.

With proceeds from the fund’s investments, an award is made to a young person engaged in the study of rural development and social change in Europe and/or developing countries. The award is intended to enable the recipient to supplement academic course work with some practical investigation or research in poor rural areas, leading to a report or dissertation.

Since the fund’s inception, more than 25 young people have received an award.


Examples of what we have funded recently

As examples of what we have funded to date please look at the following case studies which have formed part of the ongoing and final reports from current funding:

  • India and Ethiopia – a study trip between Jatan Sansthan (a grassroots Non Governmental Organisation based in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India) and the Southern Region Offices of the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
  • Gunjur – The Gambia – a project for community development in Gunjur (The Gambia) through young people in Wiltshire and the Gambia exchanging business ideas.
  • CALL Romanian exchange with the Highlands of Scotland – an exchange of good practice between Romania and Scotland with the intention of building a critical mass of interested parties who can work with the wider community
  • Rural Youth in Europe – Involving the youth in the topic of “Eating, Producing and Deciding: our choice and our voice for the future agriculture in Europe”



We don’t have an application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying for funding, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit the proposal to approximately 3-5 sides of A4, and send it in by email to
  • Supply basic information on your organisation – name, address, charitable status (if applicable), annual income and expenditure, sources of funding, website address and contact details.
  • Describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets the priorities of the Arkleton Trust as detailed in the call for proposals. Please ensure that the project is clearly identifiable and not something you would ordinarily pay for through core funding.
  • Provide project details such as cost, timescales and activities.
  • Outline the anticipated project outcomes and how these will be assessed, including any post-implementation activities you plan to undertake, and / or wider dissemination of the knowledge gained through the study trip.
  • Please identify any potential / agreed co-funders and what they will fund.

For more information on policies that guide what we will fund please download the Funding Guidelines.

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