Third Aim Grants from Hazel’s Footprints Trust

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was established in 2004 in memory of Hazel Scott Aiton whose death in a car accident that year left an unfillable hole in the lives of everybody who knew and loved her. The Trust has three aims: (1) to advance education for the public benefit by the provision of financial assistance to people embarking on a period of voluntary work overseas; (2) to promote the charitable purpose of Otjikondo Village School in Namibia; and (3) to relieve poverty and advance education elsewhere in the world – so-called ‘education projects grants’ or ‘third aim grants’ which includes funding teachers’ salaries at a transformational school in rural Rajasthan (India), buiding new primary school buidings in Kenya, or supporting the development of a secondary school in Madagascar, etc.  people. The Trust has provided over 60 of these project grants since 2005.

2) Eligibility

They fund via UK charity partners only and cannot accept applications directly from schools or projects in-country. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission or the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR). Individuals applying for Footprinter volunteer grants will only be considered if they plan to volunteer for a minimum of six months in one location. In addition, the volunteering work must be in the field of education, must be in a developing country. Applications for volunteer grants are open to people of any age from anywhere in the UK or Europe as long as reports can be written in English.

3) Location

Actions can take place in developing countries.

4) Budget

In the past they have funded third aim grants ranging from £1,300 to £10,000. Their total annual funding volume is between £35,000 – £55,000 (£20,000-£40,000 for third aim grants).

5) Application

They accept applications ahead of their twice-yearly Trustee meetings. Third Aim applications must be submitted by mid-February to be considered at our May meeting or by mid-August to be considered our November meeting. The application form can be downloaded from their website.