Who do we support?

Applicants must be organisations registered with the Charity Commission in England & Wales or Office of the Scottish Charity Register in Scotland.

Little vermilion flycatcher fledglings, Galapagos Conservation Trust © David Anchundia/Charles Darwin Foundation

Which activities do we support?

Requests for funding must fit within one of the following areas of EKCT’s remit to:

  • Support beneficiaries located in Sussex, within one of EKCT’s focus areas as follows:
    • Care of the elderly
    • Disability
    • General welfare
    • Hospices
    • Youth
    • Wildlife & environmental conservation
  • Deliver international or UK based wildlife & environmental conservation projects.
  • Deliver international reproductive health family planning projects which have a clear and intended impact on the environment and are delivered in Africa or Asia.


Dr Cathy Gleeson – St Catherine’s Hospice

What type of work do we support?

Funding will be considered for:

  • Start-up costs for a new project within an established organisation
  • Core costs
  • A specific project (capital expenditure or assistance with running costs)
  • Unrestricted funding where all of the charity’s activities fall within EKCT’s funding remit, as above.

Case Studies

For a small selection of case studies and a full list of EKCT grantees, please click here

How often do we provide support?

Trustees will consider one application from an applicant within 12 months.


After taking the eligibility questionnaire, if you meet the criteria the applications can be found here:

Application Forms

Jamie’s Farm © Bubble&Bean Photography
© World Parrot Trust – Blue throated macaw adult in natural cavity

What we do not support

The following are unlikely to be considered for funding: 

  • Individuals or charities applying on behalf of individuals.
  • Large national charities having substantial fund-raising potential, income from legacies and or endowment income.
  • Organisations which have been registered with the Charity Commission or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator for less than a year.
  • Charities which are wholly or very significantly funded by local authority, parish council or statutory funding.
  • Pre-school groups.
  • Out of school play schemes including pre-school and holiday schemes.
  • Charities not funded by any other charity.
  • Local authorities.
  • ‘Campaigning’ organisations.
  • Charities whose main aim is to raise funds for other charities with substantial cash reserves.
  • Animal rescue or animal welfare organisations.
  • International food security, farming or agriculture projects.
  • Arts or community engagement projects.
  • Medical research.
  • Given the Trust’s strong links with the county of Sussex, Trustees do not usually support proposals received from other regional ‘Wildlife Trusts’.
  • Churches and places of worship outside of Cuckfield and Haywards Heath – please note; even within Cuckfield and Haywards Heath, grant opportunities for these purposes are extremely limited.
  • Charities with multiple branch offices in Sussex are requested to telephone or email for advice before making an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or would like more information please see our FAQs