EKCT aims to ‘make a difference’. The trustees will consider all applications that fall within the trust’s area of activity from charities that are registered in the UK.

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.

Areas of Grant Support

Principal support is given to charities working in the following areas:

  1. Charitable work in the County of Sussex
  2. Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)
  3. Reproductive Health (International) – applications within this category will only be considered for family planning projects delivering in Africa and Asia, and preferably in areas where there is clear impact on the environment.

The trustees use the following programme areas to classify their grants:

  • Care of the Elderly
  • Disability
  • General Welfare
  • Hospices
  • Reproductive Health (International)
  • Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)
  • Youth

We are sorry but trustees are not currently considering applications for areas that fall outside of those listed above.

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 should have confidence in the management of the charity and therefore be satisfied as to its quality, efficiency, financial stability and income/expense ratio.

Normally not considered for funding:

  • Large national charities having substantial fund-raising potential,
    income from legacies and or endowment income.
  • Organisations not registered as charities in the UK or those that have been
    registered for less than a year.
  • Pre-school groups.
  • Out of school play schemes including pre-school and holiday schemes.
  • Charities not funded by any other charity.
  • Very small and narrowly specialised activities.
  • Local authorities.
  • Individuals or charities applying on behalf of individuals.
  • General requests for donations.
  • Expeditions or overseas travel.
  • ‘Campaigning’ organisations.
  • Charities whose main aim is to raise funds for other charities with
    substantial cash reserves.
  • Animal rescue or animal welfare organisations.
  • Given the Trust’s strong links with the county of Sussex, Trustees do not usually support proposals received from other regional Wildlife Trusts.


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 How to Apply). Trustees aim to consider applications and notify applicants within 90 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 How to Apply). 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 password protected Large Grants Application Form (See How to Apply). 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. If you have not previously applied for a large grant and wish to make an application for funds over £10,001, please telephone the Director first to discuss your application, and obtain the password. 

South Downs National Park – Credit: Susan Worsfold
St Catherine’s Hospice – Toby Phillips
Lodge Hill
Gateway Project Off the Fence – Brighton
Chailey Heritage Foundation
Butterfly Conservation – Neil Hulme
Blue Ventures – Garth Cripps