Improving Lifes

Grants from Henry Smith Charity are available for registered charities, social enterprises and constituted charitable groups to help people in the UK when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year are available.

Funding for up to three years is available.

The Charity will not consider making a grant that is equivalent to more than 50% of the annual running costs of an organisation.

Applications for continuation funding will be considered.

The Henry Smith Charity is one of the largest independent grant making trusts in the UK, distributing over £28 million each year.

Following a review of their grant making, the Henry Smith Charity has launched a new strategy for the Main Grants Programme, which is now divided between Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities. The Charity’s main focus lies with funding organisations that bring about lasting change in people’s lives and help them to benefit from and contribute to society.

The Charity’s three main priorities are as follows:

  • Increasing resilience – empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on.
  • Creating opportunities and life chances – raising aspiration – equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances.
  • Empowering communities – strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion.

The Improving Lives programme is aims to support people in the UK for whom other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

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