Luke Day Adventure Fund

*Currently closed for applications*


The Luke Day Adventure Fund has been created in memory of popular Norfolk teacher Luke Day, who inspired pupils with his spirit of adventure and encouragement to live life to the full. His legacy will be maintained through the establishment of this fund, which will help students from Norfolk schools learn through new experiences and adventures in culture, music and the outdoors.

Individuals or groups keen to see the spirit of adventure continue in schools without excluding those in hardship can donate to the fund to help students benefit in the future.

Funds have been raised by supporters through a wide range of activities including sponsored walks, a triathlon, a Paris Marathon run, and a marathon cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.  Students from Ormiston Victory Academy (formerly Costessey High School, where Luke taught) marked the launch of the fund on 15 July 2011 with a ‘Walk for a Day’ in memory of Luke and to help raise funds. To make a donation to the Luke Day Adventure Fund online visit or contact Norfolk Community Foundation.

Purpose of the fund
The aim of the Luke Day Adventure Fund is to support young people in Norfolk up to the age of 18 to access outdoor, cultural and music opportunities via their schools that they may otherwise be financially excluded from.

Who can apply to the fund?
Applications will only be accepted from schools, but can be made on behalf of disadvantaged children and young people who are facing financial exclusion from extra-curricular trips and activities.

Due to demands on the fund, schools should not expect to receive more than 2 awards from this fund per year. Schools are discouraged from submitting multiple applications, and are advised to carefully prioritise which activities they seek support for. 

Grants will be payable to the school. Grants will not be made to individuals. 

What can the fund support?
The Luke Day Adventure Fund can offer support in 2 ways:

Grants toward overall activity costs
Schools may apply for funds to contribute to the overall costs of extra curricular trips and activities, including trips abroad, to extend children’s experiences of the outdoors, culture and music. For example:

  • Exchange programmes
  • Duke of Edinburgh or similar activities and expeditions

A range of costs including travel, accommodation, food, entry/ activity fees may be considered.   It is expected that the grant requested will help to reduce the cost to individuals taking part. The application should explain the disadvantage faced by the students taking part. Grants of up to a maximum of £500 are available.

Grants to enable individual students facing financial exclusion to take part
Schools may also apply for funds to provide support in individual cases where a student is not able to cover the cost, in full or in part, of joining in an extra-curricular trip or activity. The school is responsible for stating the reasons why each child has been identified for this additional support. Schools can apply for financial support for more than one child per trip or activity on the same application form. Schools should provide a reference stating why each child has been identified for this additional support. References from friends and family members will not be considered. Grants of up to a maximum of £500 are available, and can benefit one or more students.


  • The fund will not support trips and activities that are directly curriculum linked ie required course elements
  • Costs of activities that have taken place, or will have started before the outcome of the application is known, will not be considered
  • Funds cannot be awarded to support educational costs other than those stated. Costs such as school fees, daily travel, school uniforms, books, and any opportunities not accessed via the school will not be considered

When to apply
The Fund operates all year round and will consider applications at any time while funds are available.

The Fund aims to notify applicants of decisions within 6 weeks of receiving the completed application form – please ensure that you allow enough time in advance of your planned activity for your application to be assessed and considered.  

How to apply
Click here to download the Luke Day Adventure Fund application form

All successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report following their funded activity.

For Fund enquiries please contact Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager by email or tel 01603 623958


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