Grant application – Ukrainian refugees

The Chess Trust is pleased to provide a series of small grants to help Ukrainian nationals to continue to play competitive chess whilst in the UK. A total of £10,000 has been made available.

Application process
Grant applications should be sent to and must state clearly the name, age and address of the applicant and for what purpose the grant will be used. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Grant criteria
The purpose of the grants is to support and facilitate the playing of chess by Ukrainian nationals in the United Kingdom. While this is not a comprehensive list, grant applications may cover support in areas such as tournament and representative play (including entry, travel, accommodation); ECF membership; local club membership (although it is hoped that local clubs would waive membership fees in cases of genuine hardship).

  • There is no restriction on the age of the applicant, although all applications for players under the age of 18 must be made by an adult stating their relationship to the applicant.
  • In the case of junior players, grants can include support for an accompanying adult.
  • Applicants must have an active or recent (within the last 12 months) UKR FIDE registration
  • Applicants must be resident in the UK
  • Individual grants will be up to a maximum of £250

Grant assessment

All grant applications will be considered by Simon Brown and Stephen Greep, Trustees of and on behalf of the Chess Trust. Decisions of the assessors shall be final.

Note – The Chess Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Charity Number 1160881). 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 residents of England;
  • The advancement of education by promoting the development of young people through the teaching and practice of chess.

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