UK Charity Law Guide: Trustee Legal Requirements of Monitoring Grants Made Overseas
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For more details on a Trustee's legal requirements when making a grant overseas see: ...
For more details on a Trustee's legal requirements when making a grant overseas see:
The law has strict requirements with which all charities must comply to ensure they undertake appropriate monitoring of all overseas grants and can verify that the funds are applied for the intended purposes. In this Article Eva Abeles, a Senior Solicitor in IBB Solicitors Charities team, sets out a brief explanation of the legal requirements which trustees of grant making charities must comply with, as well as providing some practical tips on compliance.
The trustees of a charity in the UK granting money overseas are legally responsible for ensuring that grants are used only for exclusively charitable purposes and reach the intended beneficiaries. Questions are being raised about whether some donations made to UK charities providing overseas aid have ended up in the hands of various terrorist groups. Trustees should take careful note as non-compliance with the law can result in severe sanctions – loss of charity tax relief on the funds sent abroad, as well as a potential breach of trust claim against the trustees personally.
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