Background and History

The Earls Colne & Halstead Educational Charity was formed in 1975, following the closure of the Earls Colne and Halstead Grammar Schools.

The Charity is an Educational Trust. It holds and administers funds from endowments previously connected with: the Earls Colne Grammar School, the Hunt Endowment Fund, the Reuben Hunt Scholarship, the Halstead Educational Foundation and the George Courtauld Gift.

Over the years, the Charity has made grants to numerous individuals, schools and local organisations from the income that it receives from its investments. In recent years, it has made grants totalling almost £50,000 per annum.

The Charity is directed by a Board of Trustees. There are fourteen Trustees, who are appointed by various authorities and organisations operating within the Charity’s area of benefit.


Here are some real examples of the types of project the Charity has supported:

Grants made to Organisations have included:

  • Helping fund forest school training and equipment for local schools
  • Funding the purchase of mini nets for a tennis club
  • First aid training
  • Grant aid to a Guiding group for the purchase of camping equipment
  • Assisting a group of young people with disabilities to attend a Summer Festival
  • Funding towards a school’s quiet room and an emotional first aid hut

Grants made to individuals have included:

  • Grant aid towards books and equipment for recognised Higher Education courses
    (Post 18 students)
  • Help towards the cost of purchasing a freestyle kayak
  • Support for attending National Youth Choir courses
  • Assistance with attending a World Scout Jamboree in Sweden
  • Help towards the cost of voluntary placements in Ghana and Sri Lanka