Case Studies

Applications are open to organisations and individuals

Here are some of the organisations previous grants have been awarded to:

2021 - 2023

Upper Wharfedale School, Gargrave Primary School, The Skipton Academy, Embsay Primary School, Brougham Street Nursery, Embsay/Easby Pre-School,

2018 - 2020

Glusburn Primary School, Boyle & Petyt School, Cononley Primary School, Brooklands School, Ermysteds. 

Case Study 1
Musician Anna Beresford 

Musician Anna Beresford successfully applied for a grant from Skipton Mechanics Institute to help her pursue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Eight years later she has a portfolio career as a conductor, educator and music librarian. 

She said: "I am hugely grateful to the Mechanics Institute for giving their support to pursue my love of music which has led to the career and life I have today"

Photo: Jamie Chapman


Case Study 2
Upper Wharfedale Schooly #2

Image: Map

Big Dig Cravenology Transition Project


The aim was to benefit young people in the Craven district primary catchment area by participation in a week-long heritage project in the Yorkshire Dales National Parks to promote awareness of the unique environment and heritage of The Dales. The project helped children settle into their new secondary school and gave them an opportunity to work and socialise with existing teachers and students in a worthwhile heritage project. Activities had an emphasis on learning and the summer school participants engaged in a wide range of fun activities including excavation of a historical site, metal detecting, nature trail and geographical surveying.  The work continues through the School’s archaeology club.

Logo: Brooklands

Case Study 3
Brooklands School

Residential Visit to Calvert Trust, Keswick


The Calvert Trust is an outdoor adventure centre in Keswick in the Lake District which offers a wide range of fun and safe outdoor adventure opportunities for students with special needs.  Built around a traditional farmstead, the centre makes adaptations to much of their equipment enabling access for all, and enabling participation in climbing, sailing, swimming, horse-riding, bush craft and archery, to name but a few.


Brooklands Community Special School caters for a wide variety of special needs for ages 2 to 19.  In 2014 the School applied for funding towards the costs of a residential for students to Calvert Trust in June 2015.  The residential, offered to students from Year 7 upwards, gave participants an opportunity to participate in outdoor education with expert guidance and spend time with their peers, work on self-help skills, to be independent from parents for a few days as well as giving parents a break.

Case Study 4
The Skipton Academy

£600 grant in December 2022

The grant was awarded to re-stock and update the shelving. 
The Skipton Mechanics trustees were invited to visit the newly stocked library and heard from the pupils on how much the new space has increased their enjoyment of reading. 

The staff commented what an improvement the shelving and updated books has made to the pupils providing a calm, quieter space to use throughout the day. 

Case Study 5

Gargrave Primary School

New Boooks and Furniture for School Library

Gargrave Primary School recieved a grant from Skipton Mechanics Institute to buy new books and furniture in their new purpose built library. 

Headteacher Sarah Peel commented "The grant we recieved from Skipton Mechanics has truly enhanced the library environment. To see the children enjoying the wide range of books in this purpose built space is uplifting' 

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