EKCT was founded on the 12th March 1963, to provide a formal structure
for Ernest and his family to devote time and resources to charitable

Ernest had two great passions in life: conservation of wildlife and the
natural environment and the encouragement of youth enterprise and outdoor
activity. These ideals along with the founding guidelines to support the
family’s home county of Sussex, remain core areas of activity.

The board of trustees is made up of members of the Kleinwort family,
independent trustees and a corporate trustee who oversees administration
and governance. The trustees have wide discretionary power to promote and
support charitable purposes and activities, and choose to be exclusively
grant-making, with no fundraising or operating activities.

The current guideline is to make grants towards a broad range of
purposes, funded from returns on investments and cash deposits.

Areas of activity

Principal support is given to charities working in the fields of Wildlife
and Environmental Conservation (UK and International), charities operating
in the county of Sussex, and to a much lesser extent charities working in
the field of Population Concern (UK and International). The trustees use
the following programme areas to classify their grants:

  • Care of the Elderly
  • Disabled/Handicapped (Treatment and Care of)
  • General Welfare
  • Hospices
  • Medical Research (particularly care of sufferers from lesser-known
  • Population Concern (UK and International)
  • Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)
  • Youth Care