Wildlife & Environmental Conservation Grants (UK and International)

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

Grant amount: Up to £10,000

Next deadline: Nov 19, 2018

Later deadlines: Feb 11, 2019, Mar 4, 2019, May 19, 2019, Aug 20, 2019, Sep 10, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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NOTE: Application Dates are as follows: 

  • Small grant (£5,000 and under) applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • Medium grant (£5,001 – £10,000) applications are accepted four times a year, by the February, May, August, and November deadlines above. 
  • Large grant (£10,001 and over) applications are accepted twice a year, by the March and September deadlines above. 

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

EKCT was founded on the 12th March 1963, to provide a formal structure for Ernest and his family to devote time and resources to charitable activities.

Ernest had two great passions in life: conservation of wildlife and the natural environment and the encouragement of youth enterprise and outdoor activity. These ideals along with the founding guidelines to support the family’s home county of Sussex, remain core areas of activity.


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.

Area of Grant Support (UK and International): Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

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

  • Wildlife & Environmental Conservation (UK and International)

Types of Grants

Small Grants 

Applications for Small Grants may be made at any time of year using the Small Grants Application Form. Trustees aim to consider applications and notify applicants within 30 days of receipt of an application form.

Medium Grants 

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. 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. 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.

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  • Only UK based charities are funded.
  • Only charities working in the listed areas/sectors are funded:
    • Wildlife and Environmental Conservation (UK and International),
  •  Applications are only accepted once per year


  • The Trust does not support individuals or very small and narrowly specialized activities and, equally, it tries to avoid unfocused causes.
  • 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.
  • 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.