Henry Smith Charity – Main Grants Programmes

Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants Programmes

Henry Smith Charity – Main Grants Programmes

Revenue grants are available for projects involved with health and social welfare in the UK, including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

Current Status – Open for Applications

Maximum value: – Discretionary

Grants are made for work with groups or communities under the following headings:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME).
  • Carers.
  • Community service.
  • Disability.
  • Domestic and sexual violence.
  • Drugs and alcohol/substance misuse.
  • Ex-service men and women.
  • Family services.
  • Healthcare.
  • Homelessness.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
  • Mental health.
  • Older people.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders.
  • Prostitution and trafficking.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Young people.

Value Notes

Revenue funding of £10,000 or more per year for up to three years for core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs). The amount requested must be at least £10,000 in each year. The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants should state what funds have already been raised for the project and name any other sources of funding applied for.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations and registered charities based and working in the UK can apply.

Funding is for organisations with incomes of less than £5 million. Organisations with an income of over £5 million will need to very clearly demonstrate that the organisation is best placed to deliver the work and that funding cannot be sourced from elsewhere.

Eligible Expenditure

Applications can be made for revenue funding (projects, core costs).

The Henry Smith Charity makes grants in the following categories with some examples of the type of work that will be funded:

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) – Projects providing culturally appropriate services to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; including those that promote integration and access to mainstream services.

Carers – Projects providing advice and support; including respite services for carers and those cared for. Work can include educational opportunities for young carers.

Community Service – Projects providing support for communities in areas of high deprivation; including projects providing furniture recycling services, debt advice and community centres.

Disability – Projects providing rehabilitation, support services, training and advocacy for people who are disabled; this includes people with learning disabilities as well as physical disabilities.

Domestic and Sexual Violence – Projects providing advice, support and secure housing for families affected by domestic violence or sexual violence. Perpetrator programmes can be considered where organisations have secured, or are working towards, Respect accreditation. The Charity is particularly interested in services which can demonstrate their outcomes measurement such as data collected through the CAADA Insights programme.

Drugs & Alcohol/Substance Misuse – Projects supporting the rehabilitation of people affected by, or at risk of, drug and/or alcohol dependency, and projects supporting their families.

Ex-Service Men and Women – Projects providing services or residential care to ex-service men and women and their dependents.

Family Services -Projects providing support to families in areas of high deprivation.

Healthcare – Projects providing residential care, health care or outreach services, such as home care support. Services operated by the NHS will not normally be funded and nor will core medical staff. In the case of applications from Hospices, priority is given to requests for capital expenditure.

Homelessness – Projects providing advice, support and housing services for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – Projects providing advice, support and counselling for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered.

Mental Health – Projects providing advice and support services for people experiencing mental health problems, and projects that promote positive mental health.

Older People – Projects providing residential care, health care or emotional support, such as befriending services and day care centres. Priority will be given to projects in areas of high deprivation and those where rural isolation can be demonstrated.

Prisoners and Ex-offenders – Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders; including education and training that improve employability, and projects that support prisoners’ families.

Prostitution & Trafficking – Projects that provide advice and support to sex industry workers; including advice on housing support and personal health, escaping exploitation and exiting prostitution.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers – Projects providing advocacy, advice and support to refugees and asylum seekers, and those promoting integration.

Young People – Projects maximising the potential of young people who experience educational, social and economic disadvantage; including young people in, or leaving, care.

Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation).

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. Assessment times vary from three to six months, depending on the type of grant applied for.

Application forms are available to download from the Charity’s website.


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