Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust – next deadline 31st August 2020


Applications during COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-2021

We are aware at this time that charities in the UK and around the world are under intense pressure through a combination of a serious loss of income and significantly increased demand.

At this time of profound challenge, the Elise Pilkington Trust (EPT) remains committed to its core work funding equine welfare and work supporting older people in the UK and overseas.

We are currently unable to assist with direct emergency funding but continue to receive applications through our normal process.

Our usual restrictions have been temporarily relaxed due to the unprecedented situation resulting from Covid-19, and the Trustees are prepared to consider applications supporting ongoing charity costs.

Charities are expected to clearly demonstrate the need for any funding towards running costs such as feed or salaries

Charities should demonstrate what they have done to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their income and expenditure

NB: This information supersedes any of our usual application advice found below


If you are a registered equine or elderly charity and you are interested in applying for a grant from the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust please have a look at the general guidelines below.

The Trustees generally meet twice a year in the spring and the autumn to review applications for grants. Exact deadlines for applications will be posted on this page.

Grants can only be made for capital projects not on-going running costs such as salaries and you will not be eligible if your charity has received a grant within the last three years.

Equine Grants

Equine welfare grants are normally only considered from charities that are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) or charities that are proactively working towards membership of NEWC. Membership of NEWC ensures equine charities are working to improve equine welfare standards and adopting industry best practice.

Elderly Grants

Applications are welcomed from charities supporting older people, or from hospices that are able to show they provide equitable care to older people. Whilst the Trustees recognise that people aged over 65 traditionally may have been considered old, this arbitrary age cut-off rarely defines true old age in the modern era. Applications are therefore expected to demonstrate clearly defined benefits to older people who are frail. For more information on frailty please see: https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/introduction-to-frailty


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