Applying for a grant

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How to apply for a grant

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust will consider grant applications for science, welfare, and education projects to benefit dogs.

Specifically, and in accordance with its trust deed, the charitable trust provides funds for three purposes:

  • To promote the advancement of education and science by furthering research into canine diseases and hereditary disorders of dogs
  • To promote the quality of life of human beings by promoting support dogs as therapeutic and practical aids to humans
  • To promote the relief and suffering of dogs that are in need of care and attention through welfare channels

Application guidelines

Scientific project proposals

Scientific project proposals will only be considered using the scientific project proposals application form. Please take care to complete the application as directed, as incomplete applications will not be considered. Grants will not normally be made to projects which involve work under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. All grants will be subject to regular monitoring by the charitable trust. Annual written progress reports and a final report will be required.

All other applications

  • When applying for a grant to support the work of assistance dogs, please confirm that the charity is a member of Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK). While non-membership is not necessarily essential for funding, it should be noted that all applications are measured against ADUK standards
  • State clearly the specific details and costs for your funding request, as well as the purpose and period of time when funding is required
  • You must send your organisation’s latest approved, audited report and accounts and give the registered number of your charity (where applicable)
  • Your application will not normally be assessed without the accounts, except in the case of organisations less than one year old. Organisations that do not have audited accounts must consult the charitable trust administrator before applying
  • Generally, pure building costs or requests from organisations whose concern is not predominantly with dogs (e.g. general animal sanctuaries) are not supported
  • If the application involves building work, please complete the supplementary capital project application form
  • Grants are rarely made to individuals or to organisations with a political objective
  • All applications should be written on A4 paper and printed double sided, if possible
  • Do not send professionally produced magazines, annual reports or newsletters, as all submitted papers need to be readily scanned/copied and sent to the trustees prior to the actual meeting for consideration
Where to send applications and enquiries

KCCT Administrator
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust
Clarges Street
London W1J 8AB

Send an email to the charitable trust administrator
Telephone: 020 7518 6874

When your application will be assessed

The charitable trust trustees meet four times a year, usually in April, June, September and December. Your application will be assessed at the first available meeting once all the required documentation has been received.

Names of recipients of grants are listed in the trust’s accounts and are also listed in The Kennel Club Journal.

Please make sure your application includes:

  • Specific details and the precise amount of funding being sought
  • Latest set of audited accounts
  • Three quotes (where building work is planned)