Cumbria Overseas Aid Trust (COAT)
– Acorn’s Nominated Charity for 2020

Acorn are proud to announce the Cumbria Overseas Action Trust (COAT) as our chosen charity of 2020.

Throughout the year, we will be supporting this charity with donations, office supplies and admin time, and helping at fundraising events along with doing our bit to raise the profile of this small but effective charity.

COAT is a small Cumbrian-based charity that uses all money donated towards helping others in some of the poorest regions of the world. Using a set of fixed criteria, they support projects within communities with grants up to £2,000.

Fundraising is carried out by a small team of dedicated individuals through such activities as garden parties, craft sales, BBQs and quizzes run in various locations throughout the county. In 2019 the following donations were made:


to ‘Legs for Africa’ to pay for transport for sending unwanted prosthetics to Africa.


to repair a roof at Ataba Tabar Primary School in Senegal.


to provide sanitary protection for girls in Kenya through the charity ‘Because All Children Matter’.


to ‘Community Action Nepal’ to help pay salary costs for a local health assistant for 5 years.


to Village Water for sanitary hygiene products workshops and education in Zambia. This grant enables Village Water to apply for match funding from the UK government which will go towards a project in George Compound – a slum area of Lusaka.


to DEWODE (Dedicated Women in Development) to pay for items for the Pakegido Health Centre in North-Eastern Uganda including a new delivery bed, an oxygen concentrator, a sewing machine and an overlocker.


to local Cumbrian charity Poverty Swap towards materials for classrooms and toilets at Fikir School in Ethiopia.


to Katherine Monaghan, a University student on placement in Alldays, Limpopo Province, South Africa. She has set up a ‘period project’ for local school girls with the organisation Subz and our donation will contribute to the project.


to a project in Taru, Kenya, building 2 classrooms and 2 toilet blocks
for a school.


to a joint application from Days for Girls and Rosie Baxter, to buy sewing machines and school resources, also for Taru, Kenya.


to Five Talents charity to pay for a motorbike to enable local trainers to train, mentor and supervise participants in a micro-finance scheme in Butere, Western Kenya.

Funding Criteria

Projects presented for funding are considered flexibly against the following criteria:

  • Projects which contribute in some way to the relief of poverty and which will have some long-term and sustainable benefits to a local community.
  • Projects where it is possible to get some feedback following expenditure of the grant so this feedback could be used to educate and better inform both trustees and the local Cumbrian population where appropriate through talks etc.
  • Projects where there is some local Cumbrian connection, either through individuals involved or the origins of the organisation.
  • Projects where COAT’s contribution can be clearly identified in costed proposals and/or trustees can be confident as to the viability and integrity of the project.
  • Projects should be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.
  • Funds for young people from Cumbria travelling abroad to work on a project which contributes to the relief of poverty and which will have some long-term and sustainable benefits to a local community.
  • The usual ceiling for a COAT grant would be £2000, subject to trustees discretion. However, most grants given are for less than £1000.

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If you’d like to find out more about the work of Cumbria Overseas Aid Trust, please visit their website via the link below.