Grant Making Guidelines

WHICH ORGANISATIONS DOES CCT SUPPORT?

We only support registered UK charities and if you are not a UK charity then regretfully we cannot consider an application from you (unless you are an educational or research establishment with charitable status).

Examples of applications we will not consider include those related to:

  • Individuals and their welfare, whether in the UK or abroad, including sponsorship of education, research or travel

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)

  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)

  • Cooperative Societies and not-for-profit organisations

For an indication of the sizes of organisations we support please see the lists of our recent grants here.

ARE THERE GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS?

We will support:

  • National charities, including Scottish charities, if they operate across the UK

  • Local charities only if their beneficiaries or activities are located in the areas shown in red on the map, ie in North Wales or South East England. The South East means Greater London, Herts, Cambs, Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey and Hants.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES CCT SUPPORT?

We focus new grants on charities:

  • promoting physical and mental wellbeing

  • conserving our natural environment and promoting the sustainable use of resources

  • increasing the accessibility of the arts, especially for young people

We prefer to support charities which address the root causes of problems. For example, although we do make new small grants under the wellbeing heading for care and counselling these are normally made to organisations which seek to address underlying problems and where we think our grant can make a real difference.

We particularly welcome applications from research organisations.

HOW BIG A GRANT SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR?

Most of our grants are £1,000 or £2,000. Please click the link above showing past grants for further information.

Larger grants are normally only made to charities under two headings:

  • those where the current trustees have a special oversight

  • those originally supported by our benefactor, Marjorie Chapman

These larger grants are made on a regular basis, either yearly or half-yearly.

WHEN WILL YOU HEAR ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION?

The trustees meet in September and March to consider applications received in the preceding six months. Around the dates of those meetings applications are dealt with as follows:

  • You will first receive an automatic email from us immediately after you have submitted an online application.

  • Then if your application is successful you will receive a communication by the middle of the month after the meeting of trustees.

Please assume your application was unsuccessful if you do not hear from us.

HOW OFTEN CAN A CHARITY APPLY?

We do not generally consider making further grants to successful applicants until at least 18 months have elapsed.

But you can reapply at any time if your application has been unsuccessful.

If your application is outside the CCT guidelines or likely never to succeed the trustees will endeavour to notify you.