Arkleton Trust Awards


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.  This has been done through a range of means, 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, either by groups or individuals.  These often involve or are facilitated by NGOs, other grass roots practitioner organisations, universities and governments, but may also include less formal arrangements.

The Arkleton Trust therefore, is continuing to focus its funding to support study tours, visits and exchanges which help facilitate valuable knowledge exchanges.


The Trust is keen to support, through funding, rural practitioners exchanging practical knowledge between developing countries.

In order to support such initiatives, the Trust wishes to facilitate learning and rural development particularly in Africa, and will, therefore, give priority to applications that originate in Africa and / or between African projects and other partners across the world.

The Trust would welcome projects that demonstrate how rural development practitioners and other actors in the rural development field are involved and the potential benefits to them all. We recognise that projects may wish to partner with universities and governments but our funding will only be made available to support the core project and not government or inter university exchange elements.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but will be considered by trustees at six-monthly intervals in May / June and September / October.

The Trust has only limited funds available, therefore, in order to maximise our reach and maintain fairness to other applicants we wish to be considered as the funder of last resort and so it is not expected that the Trust would be the main contributor. We will seek to fund no more than 50% in any one application but definitely no more than £5000. The Trust will be looking for applications that demonstrate robust partnership and funding commitment from others.

Outputs and Outcomes

The Trust is keen to see tangible and lasting outcomes for groups and communities as well as practical outputs from its funding. As well as a final report to illustrate the experience of the project we will want to see evidence of a clear understanding of how the project will secure long lasting and robust outcomes. Evidence should be given of the measures and monitoring or evaluation that will be in place for keeping contact, follow up and measuring the impacts after the conclusion of the exchange.

Where practical, the Arkleton Trust can be involved in helping to develop the study tours and exchanges, drawing upon our considerable experience of working over time with projects of this nature. From time to time, members of the Trust may participate in the study trips.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide regular updates, as their proposals progress, at agreed project milestones and to submit a final case study / blog 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. These will be uploaded on to the Arkleton Trust website.

What we have funded to date

As examples of what we have funded to date please look at our website 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”

View a full list of Arkleton Trust Awards here

How to Apply for Funding

Applications for funding are currently closed.

For future rounds of funding an application form is to be found hereFor a Word version please email

We are very happy to help organisations with their application forms and will accept early applications for review prior to final submission. Please put a covering letter to this effect if you wish to receive any advice on your application. The advice can only be about how to fill in the form and the requirements, not the content and cannot be construed as affirmation of the success of the application.

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


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