As you would have read in the ‘about page’  Robert Windle's Foundation was created to provide help with education for the youth (under 24 years of age) of the ancient parish of Thornton-in-Craven, which includes Thornton, Earby, Kelbrook and Harden.

The foundation runs The Old Grammar School fundraising group on Facebook, which is asking for donations of useful items and furniture from local residents in order to raise monies for the charity. The proceeds from the Facebook fundraising group is helping to cover the cost of the major repairs that need carrying out at the Grammar School and is also creating a funding pot for local schools, non-profit groups or individuals who request financial help with their studies or other educational related activities.

The foundation is now in a position to accept bids up to a maximum of £150 from our local schools and groups, all we ask in return is that you send us a photo of the item/s has been bought within a 6 week period of you receiving the grant. Schools and groups outside of the Ancient Parish of Thornton-in-Craven can apply, so long as they have some children/members from Thornton, Earby or Kelbrook in attendance.

We also offer grants to individuals aged between 16 - 24 years, the recipients of these grants must live within the boundary of the Ancient Parish of Thornton-in-Craven.  The grants could be used to help to buy tools for an apprenticeship or equipment/books for college or university students.  All we ask in return is that you do a few hours of volunteer work for us (list of opportunities will be made available on receipt of grants) plus send a photograph of equipment /books purchased.

The Grant funding forms are below, please print off the relevant form and return by post to the address at the bottom of the page.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that on receipt of this amount you have agreed to fulfil the funding criteria stipulated by the Foundation. Within a period of 6 weeks:

  • a picture of any equipment purchased/activity undertaken with a brief description.

  • provide us with a hand written thank you letter from a pupil, group or club who will benefit (this is optional).


Individual children’s names should not be included, as these will be uploaded to our website so we can share your good news with our funders. Children need not be included in any photographs, but please ensure that if they are, then parental permission has been given.

Read about all the Grants we have given out on our Blog page!

The Old Grammar School, School Lane, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

BB18 6QF

01282 844608

Trustees: M. Horsefield | M. Greenwood | M. Brown | A. Tomlinson |  J. Riley | R. Taylor | A Carter | S Hampson | L Zadziorska