Welcome to The Henry Smith Charity

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

Details of our grant programmes, what we do and do not fund, and information about how to apply can be found in the Grants section of our website. 

Please note that we are currently undertaking a strategic review of our grantmaking and some changes have been made to our guidelines already.  Please see Latest News for further details.

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The Henry Smith Charity has been helping to combat disadvantage since 1628. Henry Smith, the founder of the Charity, was a businessman in the City of London and acquired land around the country during his lifetime.  Born in 1549, he created a number of charitable trusts for the relief of the poor and when he died in 1628 Henry left detailed instructions for the administration of his estate.   Today, the Charity continues to honour the spirit of Henry Smith’s Will by focusing its grant making on the challenges and opportunities facing people in need throughout the UK.

The Henry Smith Charity

Registered Charity Number 230102