Patron: The Late Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Current Activities

The Trust marked its centenary year in 2019 and having fulfilled most of its original charitable objectives turned its attention to the future by undertaking a major strategic review of direction.

In recent years, Trustees had increasingly focused their attention on making small grants to support the education of girls and women in developing countries. Driven by a vision that echoed the original intentions of Sir Ernest Cassel to effect longer term social change, going beyond individual benefit to leave a legacy for future generations, the Trust decided to focus on work that would advance the inclusion, engagement and retention of girls and women in education and onwards through to employment. The areas of focus were across South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa and the work was to focus on the territories where the impact could be the greatest for the most excluded girls and young women, in low income countries.

The main thrust of the Trust’s role in effecting this change was to provide three grants of between £300k - £400k over 3–5 years to organisations excelling in this area.  The grants are known as the Sir Ernest Cassel Centenary Awards. 

These grants were awarded in July 2019 and at the current time there are no plans for any further funding to be awarded. It is Trustees’ intention that once the funded projects end and the subsequent monitoring and evaluation process is complete, that the Trust’s resources will have been fully expended and the Trust will close. 


Trustees believe it is everyone’s responsibility to learn about and fight against racism, injustice and discrimination everywhere. The Sir Ernest Cassel Education Trust commits to work towards an anti racist world and more equal and fairer societies, in the way we work, in the way we use our resources and in the way we use our power.