Frequently asked questions

Q: How soon will I know if my application has been successful or not?
A: Please see the Grants page where the application process information sets out the expected times for EKCT to consider each type of grant.

Q: If I have not been successful how soon can I reapply?
A: You can apply after 12 months from the date of your last application.

Q: Can I find out why my application has been turned down?
A: Only in limited cases will the trustees communicate the reason an application has not been supported.

Q: What are the current policy guidelines?
A: Please see the Grants page for ‘activities do we support’ and the areas not normally considered for funding.

Q: Are there deadlines?
A: Large and Medium Grant applications are only accepted during the dates shown on the ‘Application Forms‘ page, applications outside of these periods are not accepted. Applications for Small Grants may be made at any time.

Q: How will I know how my application is progressing?
A: You will be notified whether your application has been successful within the timescales set out on the Apply for funding page.

Q: Can I send my application by post or email?
A: Applications by post or email are not accepted. Please use the on-line application forms.

Q. What will you do with the data that I provide to EKCT?
A. The Trustees of EKCT are committed to protecting personal information. Please read our Privacy Policy which sets out how we protect the information that is given to us.

Q: What should I do if I have a question not answered here?
A: Please contact the Administrator. Contact details at the bottom of this page.

Q: Where is the Budget Template that the applications request we attach?
A: Download the ‘Budget Template Form’ here.

Q: My organisation provides services to vulnerable beneficiaries in Sussex and we are looking for immediate help in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Can my organisation apply? 
A: EKCT’s emergency grant process is now closed and charities in need of funds are now requested to use the normal EKCT grant application process.

Q: Do you offer support related to Covid-19?
A: For organisations currently in receipt of funding and affected by the outbreak: please continue to get in touch if, because of the outbreak, you need to:

Adapt activities – we acknowledge that agreed outcomes may not be achieved in the timeframes originally set.

Discuss dates for reporting – we do not wish to add pressure on organisations to meet tight reporting deadlines.

Financial flexibility – we can consider requests allowing organisations to use granted money differently if needed to respond to immediate needs e.g., buying equipment and covering staff sickness.

Discuss – additional needs, concerns, and challenges.

For organisations in need of additional funding, please continue to use our normal applications process using the relevant parts of the form to explain your current operational capacity and any impacts of Covid 19.
Please also let us know if you have had to re-budget to consider lost fundraising opportunities or have incurred increased costs.

Please note the EKCT Covid19 emergency grant process is now closed. Charities in need of funds are now requested to use the normal EKCT grant application process.

Sussex-based charities in need of Covid19 funding are encouraged to visit the Sussex Community Foundation where there is a SCF local appeal and information on the distribution of the National Emergencies Trust funding.