Grant Programmes


We currently offer a range of grant programmes.   Each has its own guidelines to help you apply. Please read the guidelines thoroughly before making your application. 

The types of projects and services you can apply for a grant towards through our Main and Small Grants Programmes are listed on the What We Fund page of this website.  The things we do not give grants for are listed on the Not Normally Funded page.

Main Grants Programme

Our Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 p.a. 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).

County Grants Programme

Our County Grants Programme supports the work of small organisations and charities in eight counties with which the Henry Smith Charity has a historical connection.The eight counties are Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex. To be eligible to apply for a County Grant, your organisation’s annual income must be below £250,000, unless you are working county-wide, in which case your income must be below £1 million.

Small Grants in the North East of England

Our Small Grants Programme will operate in the North East of England for three years from 2014.  Full details can be found on the website of the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Applications cannot be made direct to Henry Smith Charity for these grants.

Holiday Grants for Children    
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.

Medical Research

Following a recent review, the Trustees have decided to close the Charity’s Medical Research Grants Programme. From the end of 2015, the Trustees will not approve new funding for Medical Research Projects. As the assessment process for these projects take several months, we have now closed the programme to new applications.


Other grants include those for Kindred of Henry Smith, and for poor Clergy, but these are not open access grant programmes.



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