The ECF levy a fee [Ref 1] on all games of non members submitted for grading. In a rapid play event which is restricted to players below 18 years of age that fee is thirty pence per half game (i.e. per player per game).
In my county, the vast majority of players competing in the Megafinal are not ECF members and, therefore, will incur grading fees.
As an organiser of a Megafinal, the grading fees are just too great and I cannot justify paying up to £360 to the ECF for grading, as well as pay for the hire of the venue and other expenses.
Has there been any explicit statement regarding who the ECF will invoice regarding UKCC events?
In a tournament comprising 6 rounds, the grading fee is 6 x £0.30= £1.80 per player.
With an entry fee of £15.00, that represents (1.80/15.00)x100= 12 per cent of total income.
For a sibling, where the discounted entry fee is £12.00, that represents (1.8/12)x100= 15 per cent of income.
In a tournament of 200 players the amount payable to the ECF for grading would be 200 x £1.8= £360
Ref 1. ECF Game Fee: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/membership/game-fee-and-exemptions/