Catherine Cookson Foundation

Catherine Cookson Foundation

The Catherine Cookson Foundation was set up by the generosity of the late Dame Catherine Cookson to support academic initiatives within the University.  It has been able to make a valuable and distinctive contribution through a wide variety of awards. The Foundation is happy to consider applications from staff and students of the University.

An annual call for applications is made in the Spring Term for consideration by the trustees at an annual meeting in June/July each year. The closing date for 2017 has now passed. However, the Vice-Chancellor and President is also happy to hear at any other time about possible projects requiring support and which meet the criteria below.

Small grants, normally in a range between £500 and £5000, are made on a one-off, non-recurrent basis to projects where the Trustees consider their intervention will make a significant difference between success and failure, and where there are no other obvious routes to obtain significant support.  Unfortunately the Trustees are not able to consider applications for PhD study or applications which are of a standard research grant format, the latter should be directed to the relevant research council.

The criteria used in selecting projects for support are, that they:

  • should be of modest size;
  • should be the type of activity in which Dame Catherine Cookson herself might have had an interest;
  • should have no obvious alternative source of support, or be the sort of project where support from the Foundation could be pump-priming for other financial help;
  • should have local interest;
  • should be of benefit to students.

It is a condition of any grant that a final report on the project is submitted to the Trustees. This should take the form of an A4 document, two pages in length, listing original objectives and saying to what extent they have been met together with a statement of how much was received from the Foundation and how it was spent.  If a final report is not forthcoming within a reasonable time, the Trustees reserve the right to request the return of the funds. 

An application form is available here and should be made in the form of a single pdf document (combining application form, supporting statement and cv if appropriate) and submitted to Alison.Pickard@ncl.ac.uk