Types of grant

In general, the EKCT aims to ‘make a difference’; it does not support
individuals or very small and narrowly specialised activities and,
equally, it tries to avoid unfocussed causes. Charities being considered
for grants will be notified and asked to complete an ‘Account Summary
Form’ taking various information from their latest Annual Accounts. In
approved cases, the trustees will provide one of the following four types
of grant support:

One Off Grants

Grants made on a one-off basis will be approved quarterly, and awarded to
start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants
have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a
building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other
similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs.

Conditionally Renewable Grants

Applications for annual support are not encouraged, but conditionally
renewable grants might be awarded in exceptional circumstances for up to
three years, following which support may be withdrawn to enable resources
to be devoted to other projects.

Grants can be towards start-up costs, or for a specific item in the
applicant’s budget such as a salary, core costs or towards the costs of a
particular project. Such grants are subject to satisfactory annual
progress reports and only released at the trustees’ sole discretion.

Annual Subscriptions

A proportion of the trustees’ annual spend is currently set aside to pay
annual subscriptions, predominantly to charities operating in Sussex.
Charities added or removed from this list of payments will be notified
accordingly, and all payments are subject to satisfactory annual progress
reports and submission of annual accounts and released at the trustees’
sole discretion.

Large Grants (over £10,000)

Large grants are approved by the full board of trustees twice a year, and
are typically agreed upon when the trustees have a deep understanding
and/or a close relationship with the charity, which may have developed
over a period of several years.

General guiding principles are:
  1. The trustees should be satisfied with the purpose and
    objectives of the charity, and that they are able to deliver a
    superior/pre-eminent service.
  2. The trustees have confidence in the trustees and management of the
    charity, and are therefore satisfied as to its quality, efficiency,
    financial stability and income/expense ratios.