Strengthening Communities

Grants are available for small community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK to help people to make positive changes in their lives.

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 Fund’s main focus remains on funding small charitable organisations working at grassroots level, to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.

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.

No deadline, though funding decisions are made quarterly, with next one in December.

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