What we don’t fund

Our Grassroots and Community Assets & Facilities Funds have specific exclusions, which are listed on their website pages.


In general, Eastern & Central Community Trust will not make grants for the following:

  • Individuals (except for capability building through the Development pathway of the Grassroots Fund)
  • Travel overseas or outside the region
  • Conference attendance or accommodation
  • Retrospective expenses, completed projects or events
  • Uniforms that do not remain the property of the applicant organisation
  • Prizes, trophies and awards ceremonies
  • Commercial organisations
  • Religious ministry
  • Loan repayments or other debt instrument repayments
  • Venture capital
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising
  • Earthquake strengthening


The Trust will also not fund:

  • Church-based or religious activities which should, in the view of a reasonable person, be the responsibility of the churches to fund. The Trust will only consider projects being sponsored by churches or religious organisations where there is a clear wider community benefit from such a project.
  • Projects that are clearly the responsibility of central or local government.
  • Purely for-profit groups. However, it may consider social enterprise initiatives and applications from not-for-profit groups that have an aim of supporting the community through enhanced economic activity.
  • Those groups that have a political activity as their focus.
  • Projects that do not have a direct benefit to people. Any environmental or animal-related projects must show a direct benefit to people.


If you are unsure about whether your application is eligible, please call us free on: 0800 878 720.