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.
Trustees will consider all applications that fall within the trust’s area of activity. Preference 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 Reproductive Health (International).
Grants will be considered for 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.
Trustees are unlikely to support applications for funding for periods longer than 12 months. In very exceptional circumstances they may consider funding for up to a period of three years, at which point they will review whether support should be withdrawn to enable resources to be devoted to other projects.
Trustees are very unlikely to consider more than one application per year by any applicant.
Types of Grants
Small Grants (£5,000 and under)
Applications for Small Grants may be made at any time of year using the Small Grants Application Form (See Make an Application). Trustees aim to consider applications and notify applicants within 30 days of receipt of an application form.
Medium Grants (£5,001 – £10,000)
Applications for Medium Grants will be considered four times a year by a small group of trustees, to whom power has been delegated by the Board to make donations up to £10,000. Applications may only be made during certain times of the year and using the Medium Grants Application Form (See Make an Application). Trustees aim to consider applications and notify applicants within 8 – 12 weeks of receipt of an application form.
Large Grants (£10,001 and over)
Applications for Large Grants will be considered by Trustees twice a year at full board meeting. Applications may only be made during certain times of the year and using the Large Grants Application Form (See Make an Application). Trustees aim to consider applications and notify applicants within 12 – 15 weeks or receipt of an application form. Large grants are typically agreed upon when the Trustees have a deep understanding and/or close relationship with the charity, which may have developed over a period of several years.
Conditions of Funding
- 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.
- 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 ratio.