Buckinghamshire Grants

Schools Access Fund

Schools Access Fund

The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor jointly run a Schools Access Fund offering grants to cover the costs of school trips to the manor and gardens. We want to encourage new audiences to experience Waddesdon and to take part in the Learning Team’s programme.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for transport and staff costs, workshop fees and National Trust Education Group Membership for your school.

  • Pupils from all year groups are welcome.
  • Suitable for Pre-schools, Maintained and Academy schools, Pupil Referral Units and SEND schools.
  • School groups are offered a facilitator-led, interactive, curriculum linked workshop.
  • Visits take place between 10am until 2pm during term time.

Since opening in May 2021, the Schools Access Fund has awarded more than £50,000 enabling 72 local schools to visit Waddesdon.

How to apply

Apply anytime through our online portal. You will hear within 12 weeks if your application has been successful.

Applications should be made by the recipient of the funding i.e. the school, Parent Teacher Association or other charity connected to the school.

Schools Access Fund budget is limited so please only apply for what your school needs.


“Having the grant available allowed our school to offer a new and different visit to compliment the children’s current topic work.” Chestnut Lane School

Available Workshops


Your school must be based in Buckinghamshire (not Milton Keynes).

Schools must be state funded. Non-selective schools are prioritised.

We’ll ask you to share feedback on your schools’ visit as it helps improve our grant-making and develops what’s offered to schools.

“The visit enabled children to have a new experience and visit somewhere they were unlikely to have visited before.” St George’s School

“I asked the children what their favourite part of the day was. They answered: planting bulbs, playing at the park, going on the coach and the tunnel slide. Thank you very much for having us, it was a fabulous day.” Broughton Infant School

Application details