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United Kingdom Falkland Islands Trust

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Our Story

The objects given in the United Kingdom Falkland Islands Trust (UKFIT) Charitable Trust Deed are very wide, ranging from the advancement of education in the Falklands to the relief of sickness. Specific emphasis is given to educational and other charitable purposes in the Falkland Islands and their former Dependencies, (now South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory) with neighbouring seas. Over the past three decades the main objectives of the Trust have been to assist the Islands and their population by conducting beneficial projects not normally funded by Government, with an emphasis on scientific research.

Primary effort is directed towards programmes of research and advice on agriculture, forestry and rural development issues, or through use of the contacts and special skills of the Trust’s consultant to assist the people of the Falkland Islands in promoting and encouraging the sustainable growth of the rural economy.

Over the years, the Trust has actively promoted the scientific and development potential of the Falklands at many key national and international events and worked on a wide variety of rural development projects, many of which have been initiated by the Trust and then taken on by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG). These include:

Research on kelp harvesting for use as liquid fertiliser
Assisting with the establishment of an aquaculture industry
Research on soil improvement including an in-depth study on the processing of by products 
from the abattoir
Development of organic farming and the marketing of organic products
The selection and provenance of tree species
The development of Tussac grass as a source of animal feed and erosion inhibitor Research on calcareous base materials
Research on grains and grasses, growing paeonies for the European market, and the exploitation of Magellanic (red) currants
Work on a number of civic projects such as the Alexandra Wood at Port Howard Consultancy on aerial mapping
The development of a comprehensive science database for the Islands
Climate change studies

The Trust also assists the population in the Falklands with civic or educational projects, mainly in recent years through the work of the Shackleton Scholarship Fund (SSF) (http://www.shackletonfund.com).  Sir Ernest Shackleton was an outstanding leader in the golden age of Antarctic exploration at the dawn of the twentieth century.  His astonishing feats of leadership, navigation, endurance and survival have recently inspired a revival of interest in Britain, the United States and elsewhere in the world.  

His son Edward, Lord Shackleton, began as an explorer who won acclaim as a scientist, businessman, wartime Royal Air Force officer, statesman and author of two reports for the British Government which laid the foundation for the Falkland Islands' development and prosperity.

  The Shackleton name has played a vital role in the history and growth of the Falkland Islands, therefore the Shackleton Scholarship Fund was set up in 1995 to commemorate these two remarkable men and to stimulate human endeavour, initiative and research.

There are two types of scholarship available for funding:

  • Academic.  For graduates to visit the South Atlantic for research into the natural or social sciences, in such diverse subjects as place names, the English language spoken in the Falkland Islands, Falklands society, fresh water fish, willows, grasses, geology, tree-growing, and many other topics. Several scholars have produced research papers and compiled information for books.
  • Quality of Life.  For people whose visits to the Falkland Islands, or from the Falkland Islands to other parts of the world, benefit the region and enhance the quality of life for the Islanders. These have included top class sports coaches in swimming, golf, fly fishing, shooting and horsemanship; musicians and artists. Several scholarships have been awarded to Falkland Islanders. The Fund benefits both the scholars and the Falkland Islands by creating wider knowledge and promoting new skills and activities.

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