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Henry Smith's Charity Grants - Ongoing

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Deadlines: There are no deadlines (except for the Holiday Grants for Children, see below), but the Trustees meet four times a year in March, June, September and December to consider grant applications. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered at a particular meeting.

Who can apply?

Registered charities, company limited by guarantee, not for profit organisation, community interest companies, schools and youth groups.

Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage (people with disabilities, for example) and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (by which we mean those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation). 

Visit Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the Indices of Deprivation.

The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity. They make grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

Through their Main Grants Programme and the Small and County Grants Programmes they make grants in the following categories, and have provided some examples below of the type of work they will fund under each category:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Carers
  • Disability
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Ex-Service Men and Women
  • Family Services
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Prisoners and Ex-offenders
  • Prostitution and Trafficking
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Young People

Their Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 or over. There are two types of Main Grant:

  • Capital Grants - One off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.           
  • Revenue Grants - Grants of up to three years for things like core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs).

The Small Grants Programme is for grants of under £10,000 per year.

County Grants - Grants of £500 - £20,000 for small organisations working in the counties with which they have an historical association, i.e., East Sussex and West Sussex.

Medical Research
Grants of up to three years for research undertaken by recognised ’Centres of Excellence’.

Holiday Grants for Children    

Next deadline for holiday grants: 18th November 2016


Date/s of Trip

Dates when Applications Considered

1st September - 31st December 2016

Applications accepted: 1st July 2016 - 18th November 2016


It usually takes six weeks for decisions to be made on applications and it is important that your application is submitted at the appropriate time. You must ensure that your application reaches us at least six weeks before your trip takes place.

One off grants of up to £2,500 for organisations, schools, youth groups etc specifically for holidays or outings for children under the age of 13 who are disabled or who live in areas of high deprivation. 

To be eligible to apply for a County Grant, your annual income must be below £250,000, unless you are working county-wide, in which case your income must be below £1 million.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For further information please contact Jo Marren on: 020 7264 4970

Your application should be posted to us with your latest audited or independently inspected accounts (NB: schools are not required to send accounts) to:

Applications — Holiday Grants
The Henry Smith Charity
6th Floor, 65 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 2AD