About the Chess Trust

The next meeting of the Trust takes place in September 2024. Any applications for grants should be made by 1st September 2024 by completing the application form

The Chess Trust has been established with the support of the English Chess Federation for the furtherance of chess. The Trust has the capacity to support a wide range of activities to promote and encourage the playing of the game. Its objectives are —

♦  The advancement of amateur sport by promoting the study and practice of chess in all its forms, principally, but not exclusively, for the benefit of the residents of England.

♦  The advancement of education by promoting the development of young people through the teaching and practice of chess.


♦ The Chess Trust was established in 2015. It is supported by a significant bequest from Richard Haddrell, which forms the basis for building plans to support chess. Additional funds can be received through donations and bequests. The Trust intends to utilise any funds received to meet its objectives in the immediate future and for the long term.

♦ Under particular circumstances donations and bequests may receive particular reliefs from taxation which can be of advantage to the charity and to the donor.

♦ From its objectives the Trust may support a wide range of chess related activities except those of a professional nature, and any organisation or individual may apply for support from the Trust when it has established adequate funding.

Trustees / Contact

Adam ASHTON | David EUSTACE | Stephen GREEP | Alexander LONGSON | Sarah LONGSON | Michael TRURAN | Malcolm PEIN | Simon BROWN |

Tel: 020 7476 6324 | Email: david.eustace01@btinternet.com


The Chess Trust – Registered Charity Number 1160881

♦ For any large donations or bequests, the trustees will take into consideration specific requests by donors / bequeathers as to how their gift should be applied, subject to it being consistent with the objectives of the trust. Donations and bequests attract reliefs from taxation. Any bequests made to a charity may reduce heritance taxes that may be due on an estate.

♦ Donations made by an individual who is a UK tax payer will enable the Trust to reclaim basic rate tax on the value of a donation through the government’s Gift Aid scheme. Thus a donation of £100 will enable the Trust to reclaim £25, making the total donation worth £125 to the Trust.

♦ A donation made by an individual who pays UK tax at the higher rate of 40% or 45% will be able to reclaim the difference between the basic and higher rates through their tax return.

♦ The Trust will be establishing a regular donations scheme so that donors will be able to make small regular payments to the Trust, which will have the benefits of the Gift Aid Scheme.

♦ Donations should be sent to The Chess Trust at the English Chess Federation Office, The Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0YD. If you would like to donate directly to the Chess Trust by BACS, the sort code is 601015 and the account number is 87899590. If you choose this method, please let the office know by email at office@englishchess.org.uk so that the Trustees can be informed.

Applications for Support

As part of its long-term strategy the Trust is making a large investment in developing young players through its Accelerator Programme.

Please note that we are not currently supporting applications from schools. Schools are requested to apply to CSC using the following link; https://www.chessinschools.co.uk/forms/join-our-programme