How to apply

If you are a UK 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. Applications can only be considered from UK registered Charitable Organisations.

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.

Trustees seek grant applications for projects which meet the Trusts funding criteria which should be for capital projects or time limited specific projects. Applicants are asked to give particular attention to the criteria set out under Equine Grants and Elderly Grants. All applications must demonstrate that all beneficiaries are elderly frail (drawing on BGS guidance ) If this is not clearly outlined this will result in the application not progressing. You will not be eligible to apply if your charity has received a grant within the last 3 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 the elderly frail.

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:

Grant funding criteria: At the next round of applications, the Board of Trustees will be focusing support to projects dedicated to addressing the needs of older people with advanced dementia (and their carers) in domestic, community and formal care settings in the UK.

General advice regarding applications

We welcome applications from all qualifying UK charities, no matter whether small or large.

In order to put forward an application you should download the relevant application form which also has further guidelines and terms and conditions of any grant being made.

Please ensure you download the latest Application Form from this page, as this changes regularly.

Completing this application form is a relatively simple process and should no longer than 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the process of completing the application form please contact the Trust Administrator using the email address on the application form.

Equine application form: EPT Equine Grant guidelines and Application Form Oct 2023

Elderly application form:EPT Elderly Grant guidelines and Application Form Oct 2023

  • Your application form complete with a signed declaration agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • An application letter supporting your application form
  • A copy of your consolidated ‘statement of financial activity’ from your most recent published accounts (not your management accounts)
  • A copy of your ‘balance sheet’ from your most recent published accounts (not your management accounts)

Ideally all of these documents should be submitted in PDF format.

Further information on the Trust can be found on the Charity Commission website click here

Deadline for the next meeting

The deadline for applications for the next meeting is 6pm on 23rd August 2024. Applications received after this time will be put forward to the following meeting.

Please ensure you apply ahead of this deadline to ensure any queries arising can be dealt with before this deadline.

We would request that all applications should be made by email using the email address link in the grant application form.


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