About the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust

The chief object of the A S Hornby Educational Trust, as laid down in its Trust Deed, is to promote the teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language, especially by providing scholarships and grants. Since 1961, the Trust has supported the professional development of a significant number of teachers in the Global South via individual scholarships to study on MA programmes in the UK (the ‘Hornby Scholars’ scheme), regional schools (‘Hornby Schools’) and via small-scale project funding to alumni and to Teacher Associations.

Background to the Scheme

The Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme builds on the previous Hornby–IATEFL Associates Project Award programme, whereby, annually for the last ten years, up to two teacher associations  (associates of IATEFL) have been granted funding for projects which stimulate and enhance the professional development of ELT practitioners in transitional countries via teacher association activity. Following a pilot expansion to four awards (2018–19), provision has been increased for 2019–20 to eight awards of up to £2,000 each, justifying the launch of a new scheme.

Aims of the Hornby Teacher Association Project Scheme

The aims of the scheme are as follows: 

With a view, particularly, to the enhancement of English teaching in public education systems in low- and middle-income countries, to:

  • strengthen existing Teacher Associations (TAs), TA chapters and other English teacher groups or networks 
  • nurture the development of new TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
  • contribute to wider participation in TAs, TA chapters, English teacher groups or networks
  • promote identification, nurturing and sharing of local expertise
  • enhance a focus on stated needs of learners and teachers
  • stimulate contextually appropriate thinking on ELT methodology, materials, assessment, etc.

The Hornby Trust will not normally fund: 

  • one-off conferences
  • conference participation
  • commercial publications
  • fee payments for applicants or other team members
  • the whole project; i.e. evidence of matching funding is desirable
  • purchases of equipment

Proposals can be, for example, for workshops, seminars, exchanges, needs analyses and courses, including distance learning courses. Academic research will not qualify, unless conducting the research actively involves a network of fellow professionals and the outcome of the research is further development of this network.

Criteria for evaluation

Successful project applications will fulfill all or most of the following criteria: 

  • match one or more of the project aims above (essential)
  • show how resources, skills or knowledge will be shared in local teacher communities
  • have the support and backing of the local British Council office (essential in the case of non-established TAs, groups or networks; desirable in other cases)
  • last no longer than one year
  • contain a clear timeline and plan of activities
  • show how the longer-term effectiveness of the project will be evaluated (i.e. not just with an immediate reaction questionnaire)
  • show how the project is part of a longer-term plan
  • contain a detailed budget
  • request funds of no more than £2,000.
  • describe the expected impact of the project
  • demonstrate matching funding

Preparing a Proposal

The first step in applying for Hornby funds is to prepare a proposal. Please ensure that you use the standard proposal form below, and that your proposal meets the scheme criteria above and below.

Before creating a draft proposal, you could discuss your project idea with your local British Council office and/or with Dr Martin Wedell, who is acting as a mentor to the scheme (M.Wedell@education.leeds.ac.uk).  In the case of groups which are not yet established Teacher Associations (see ‘Eligibility’ below), it is especially important that you gain advice and support from a local or regional British Council office or from Dr Wedell. You will need to think about: rationale and objectives; target audience; project team; schedule; budget; evaluation and reporting, etc. Following this initial discussion, draft your project proposal using the standard proposal form. 


Any bona fide Teacher Association and/or teachers’ group or network is eligible to apply for an award which will benefit English teachers in a specific low- or middle-income country or countries (see this list for eligible countries). The scheme is particularly targeted at associates of IATEFL, affiliates of TESOL and member associations of FIPLV, and at other established Teacher Associations with a written constitution and transparent accounting procedures. However, we are also keen to fund activities which will contribute to the establishment of a Teacher Association in countries or regions with no existing association. Follow-on projects from previously funded initiatives are possible, so long as they are different in purpose and objectives from the original application. 

Recommendations on how to submit a proposal

  1. Ensure that you use the standard proposal form and complete all sections.  Additional information may be useful but should be provided only if it is essential for understanding what will be achieved.
  2. Proposals should be concise and show clearly how the objectives will be achieved (steps should be listed alongside the time frame). Clear statements and a reasonable number of objectives will help you to evaluate the project eventually
  3. The Hornby Trust will not normally provide complete funding. It contributes to projects and activities and matching funds (or funding ‘in kind’, e.g. provision of free venue space etc.) are expected from other partners. The total amount of funding required from the Hornby Trust should be specified in detail, as well as other partners' contributions. 
  4. It is important to identify team members and partners. Team members are directly involved in implementation of project activities. Partners are not normally directly involved but may provide funds, venues, printing services, etc.
  5. Proposals for workshops, events, and similar activities should demonstrate how dissemination and follow up will be carried out, so as to show sustainability after the event is over. 
  6. Proposals should not normally have a commercial nature, e.g. involve production of teaching materials for sale.
  7. Evaluation should include both short-term evaluation of the project, i.e. how the project methods and results will be measured, and long-term evaluation, i.e. what impact the project will have had in permanently changing the behaviour or beliefs of the target audience. For example, a questionnaire or feedback form may be used to evaluate the immediate success of a workshop or training event. For the longer term, a follow-up questionnaire or report six months after the event might be used to assess impact. 

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