Educational Grants for Schools and Academies

Background to the Trust and Charitable Foundation

Born in Hemsworth in 1481, Robert Holgate was Archbishop of York 1545 to 1553 and decreed in his will of 1555 that Almshouses should be built to provide for persons aged 60 years or over, who are in need of financial assistance, and are resident in the area of benefit from the ancient parishes in and around Hemsworth.  Those who live within the Almshouses benefit from its peace and tranquillity, to live out their later years, in a community rooted in Christian values. This Christian vision of the Hospital resonates with British Values which lie at the heart of the rule of law and education in Great Britain today.

The Education Foundation of Archbishop Holgate runs along-side the main charity offering financial assistance for educational purposes to local schools and academies.


Who can apply?

The Education Trustees of Archbishop Holgate Hospital in Hemsworth offer an Educational Grant of up to £10k for schools and academies in the in the area of benefit. The area of benefit covered by the Trust are the following parishes:

Ackworth, Badsworth, Havercroft with Cold Hiendley, Hemsworth, Nostel (incorporating Hessle and Hill Top, Huntswick with Foulby and West Hardwick) Ryhill, South Elmsall, South Hiendley, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe, Thorpe Audlin, Upton and North Elmsall and Wintersett, all in the County of West Yorkshire, and Brierley, Hampole and Skelbrooke, and Shafton and the township of Cudworth in the County of South Yorkshire. You can locate your local parish using the and use your home postcode in full or use the ‘get my location’ option on this webpage to get an accurate result.



When are the grants awarded?

The Trustees meet annually to award the educational grants. The grant enables schools and academies, to focus on an area of school improvement enhancing curriculum provision and the learning environment either inside the building or externally in the grounds.


Applications need to be received on or before 10th May by the Clerk to the Trustees.

These can be submitted either by email:


Or by post to:

Clerk to the Trustees
Archbishop Holgate Hospital
Robin Lane


What are the criteria for a successful grant?

In recent years, grants have funded innovative and inspirational improvements for schools and academies.
Awards in excess of £230k have been granted to support the development of outdoor areas, library provision, IT equipment, and curriculum design.


How to apply:


In order for you to be considered for this grant we would ask you to submit a statement outlining:


  • Who is applying and how the governors/trustees of your school/academy are supporting your application


  • Why you are applying


      • include your project plan and any links to Ofsted improvement criteria


      • outline which area of the curriculum you propose will be supported by the grant


  • How your application links to the school’s /academy’s values and mission statement


  • How this links to the school/academy strategic development plan


      • include how you have ensured best value


  • Which stakeholders you intend to benefit from the plan


      • Your planned impact of the project


The Educational Foundation are particularly interested in applications from schools with a significant number of children who receive free school meals.

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How often can a school or academy apply for a grant?


Previous recipients of an Educational Grant are not excluded from applying for a grant in the current year.


When will schools/academies be notified ?


All schools and academies making an application will be notified of the outcome by 1st July.

A visit to your school or academy to view the completed project will take place on its completion by a member of the Education Committee. Those schools or academies will also be asked to make a presentation on the impact of the grant, this may be shared via the Trust website.