Agricultural Education Development Grant

Who Can Apply?

The Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society’s Agricultural Education Development Grant is open to agricultural Society members who are Nottinghamshire residents between the age of 16 and 30 years.

Grants are given in support of our charity’s objectives, which are to promote primary agriculture and related industries; but not for food processing or secondary activities. Priority is given to young people who have not yet had the opportunity to accumulate savings or those in need of financial support.

All applicants applying for over £150 will be interviewed. Qualifying criteria are as follows:

All applicants must be:

  1. A Nottinghamshire resident at the time of application.
  2. Aged between 16 and 30 years.
  3. A current, paid up member of Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, Southwell, Flintham or Collingham Agricultural Societies or any Nottinghamshire Young Farmers Club.
  4. On or specifically seeking to attend an approved course or activity directly related to our charity’s objectives. E.g.
    1. A course in agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, hydroponics or similar agricultural related topic.
    2. A course, seminar or conference which will further the applicant’s education or personal development in an agricultural related area.

Applicants can be:

  1. Studying in Nottinghamshire.
  2. Studying elsewhere in the United Kingdom. (If this is the case, they must intend to return to Nottinghamshire to work and this will be explored at interview.)

How Much Can I Apply For?

The maximum grant value is £500 per applicant.  The exact amount awarded will be at the discretion of the interviewing panel, and depend upon the total number of applicants in the year of application.  To qualify the applicant must agree to the following terms and conditions before any award is granted *:

  1. All applicants applying for £150.00 or more MUST attend an interview. Any applicant who does not attend will not be considered.
  2. Successful applicants are required attend the Nottinghamshire County Show to collect their award. Any applicant who does not wish to attend or fails to show up will have their award revoked.
  3. Applicants may only apply once. Repeat applications in subsequent years are not allowed.
  4. Successful applicants grant Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society express permission to use their name and photograph for publicity purposes, to include printed and online media.

* The Society’s decision is final when deciding on the amounts to be awarded.

How Do I Apply?

Please download the application at the bottom of this page and submit your application by POST together with a covering letter and CV to:

The Chief Executive
Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society
Newark Showground
Lincoln Road
NG24 2NY

Email applications will NOT be accepted. Your application should be no more than 600 words long and MUST include the following information, or your application may not be considered:

  1. The name of the Nottinghamshire agricultural society or Notts YFC branch you belong to.
  2. The reason(s) why you have decided upon your chosen course or project.
  3. Explain how your course or project aligns with the charitable aims of the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, which is to promote agriculture and the agricultural industry.
  4. Explain to us how the award will make a difference to you and what do you plan to do after your course or project ends.
  5. The amount of award you are applying for and how much funding, if any, you have raised towards your course or project.
  6. Include some general background information about yourself and tell us about any work or voluntary experience you may have, along with any other information relevant to your application.
  7. Provide details of two referees who we can contact for references.
  8. Complete and sign the Contact Details and Consent Form below, which permits Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society to access your references. You may retract your permission at any time by contacting us.

IMPORTANT: In support of your application you MUST submit the following documents, or your submission may not be considered due to the high number of applications we receive every year:

  1. An up-to-date CV no more than two sides of A4.
  2. A covering letter no longer than 600 words.
  3. A signed copy of the Applicant Contact Details and Consent Form.
  4. Contact details for two referees who have agreed to be contacted and provide you with a reference.

TIP! Ensure your application is proof read by someone with a good standard of written English and checked for spelling mistakes and grammar.

The Society’s decision is final when deciding on the amounts to be awarded.

When Is The Closing Date?

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th March 2020 with interviews being held in early April 2020 for applications of £150.00 or more. Applications for 2019 are now closed.

If Successful, When Will I Receive My Grant?

All successful applicants MUST attend a presentation by the Society’s President at the Nottinghamshire County Show, usually held on the second weekend in May, to receive their award. Attendance is mandatory and applies to recipients of all grants, irrespective of the amount awarded by the charity. Failure to attend the presentation will result in the grant being revoked.

Payment of the grant will be made to successful applicants after attendance at the Nottinghamshire County Show, providing proof of expenditure and receipts are to the value of the allocated award.

Want Else Do I Need To Know?

Please refer to the important information below:

  1. Awards will NOT be paid in advance of the Nottinghamshire County Show.
  2. Courses to be taken or any equipment must be purchased by 31st December of the year in which the award is granted, or the award will be forfeited.
  3. The total amount of the award includes Value Added Tax.
  4. The award does not cover expenditure for accommodation or fees such as university or college tuition, Student Union, Trade Union or political organisations.
  5. Any claims found to be fraudulent will immediately result in the loss of the award and disqualify the student from any future awards from the Society.
  6. The awards are offered on a competitive basis therefore not all applications will be successful.
  7. Cheques will only be made payable to the individual award recipient, not to a company or organisation.
  8. Awards will be granted to those applicants whom the Society believes are most deserving.
  9. The Panel’s decision is final.

Tips For Success

Not all applications will be successful due to the high number of requests the charity receives each year, therefore it is very important you meet the application criteria and check you have provided ALL of the information and completed documents we have asked for.

Ensure your application is proof read by someone with a good standard of written English and checked for spelling mistakes and grammar.

Download An Application Form Here…

Right Click on the link below and choose ‘Save target as…‘ to download the application form or choose ‘Print target’ to print the form out directly from your printer.

Educational Award Application Form 2020 – PDF doc

Could You Sponsor A Young Person?

Our charity has limited funds and we could help many more young people at the start of their careers if we had more funds available.

SPONSORSHIP – We have opportunities for individuals, small businesses or larger companies and organisations to sponsor both our Agricultural Education Development Grants and our Agricultural Engineering Apprentice Awards

Your support could pay for a young person to pay for training or buy much needed tools, clothing and equipment.

DONATIONS – We are always grateful for any donations no matter how small. Every little helps us to provide much needed financial support for our young people.

Please contact our Education Officer in the first instance.


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A Community Education Programme for young and old, part of the charitable work of
Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society - founded 1799
Registered Charity No: 514080