Who Was Eric Frank?

Eric Frank was the founder of the Trust and his legacy funds the grants. You can learn more about Eric here.

Why has he set up the Trust?

Eric recognised the tremendous impact to his life of the Scout movement and created The Eric Frank Trust to develop this support to be available to more young people worldwide in generations to come. He also recognised that similar support is available from organisations other than The Scout Movement but with similar objectives and that these also deserved support.

When was the Trust set up?

The Trust was set up in 2010, and achieved full UK charity registration status in 2011.

Who are the Trustees?

The Trustees are a group of volunteers with wide experience of developmental project work around the world.  Their role is to administer the Trust and its funds according to the objects of its trust deed; to decide which applications to fund; to ensure that the funds are spent appropriately and accountably; to scrutinise project reports and pass on the lessons learned to others planning similar work.

What help is available?

  • We provide grants from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of some £30,000.
  • We favour matched funding and seed-corn grants.
  • We like to encourage projects which deliver challenging activities directly to young people.
  • We can support you in working  through World Scouting and other organisations to produce a successful bid and project.
  • We can help introduce new applicants to people who have been successful in the past.
  • We can publish your reports for the benefit of others.

Is the Trust a Registered Charity?

Yes, it is a charity regulated by the UK Charity Commission. You can see its registration and annual reports here.

The Trust’s Charity Commission Registration Number is: 1144693.

When can I apply?

Anytime, but a decision will take several weeks, and may need to wait for funds to become available within the current budget.

If we get a grant, what happens then?

If your application is successful you will be notified by email including any conditions attached to the funding.  All projects are required to keep and submit accounts of the way the grant has been spent and to submit regular reports on progress so we can ensure the resources are being used optimally. We often hold back up to 20% of any awarded grant until the final report is received.  If we don’t receive a final report then we will not consider any further projects from you.