What We Fund
The Henry Smith Charity makes grants for work throughout the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Applications can be made for revenue funding (projects, running costs) and capital expenditure (buildings, equipment).
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 our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the Indices of Deprivation.
Through our Main Grants Programme and our County Grants Programmes we make grants in the categories listed below, and have given some examples of the type of work we prioritise for support through our grants:
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Culturally appropriate services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; including those that promote integration and access to mainstream services.
Advice and support; including respite services for carers and those who are cared for, and educational opportunities for young carers.
Support services for communities in areas of high deprivation; including furniture recycling projects, debt advice services and community centres.
Rehabilitation, support services, training and advocacy for people who are disabled; this includes people with learning disabilities as well as physical disabilities.
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Advice, support and secure housing projects for families affected by domestic violence or sexual violence. Perpetrator programmes can be considered where organisations have secured, or are working towards, Respect accreditation. We are particularly interested in services which can demonstrate their outcomes measurement such as data collected through the CAADA Insights programme.
Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Rehabilitation and support services for people affected by, or at risk of, drug and/or alcohol dependency, and projects providing support to their families.
Ex-Service Men and Women
Support and residential care services for ex-service men and women and their dependents.
Support services for families in areas of high deprivation.
Residential, health and outreach services, such as home care support. NHS operated services will not normally be funded and nor will core medical staff. In the case of applications from Hospices, priority is given to requests for capital expenditure.
Advice, support and housing services for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Advice, support and counselling services for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered.
Advice and support services for people experiencing mental health problems, and projects that promote positive mental health.
Residential, health and emotional support services, such as befriending services and day care centres. Priority will be given to projects in areas of high deprivation and those where rural isolation can be demonstrated.
Prisoners and Ex-offenders
Rehabilitation and resettlement services for prisoners and/or ex-offenders; including education and training projects that improve employability, and projects that provide support to prisoners’ families.
Prostitution and Trafficking
Advice and support services for sex industry workers; including advice on housing support and personal health, escaping exploitation and exiting prostitution.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Advocacy, advice and support services for refugees and asylum seekers, and projects that help promote integration.
Projects and services that help maximise the potential of young people who experience educational, social and economic disadvantage; including young people in, or leaving, care.
This information should be read in conjunction with the information about what we cannot fund, which you will find on our Not Normally Funded page.
Different criteria apply to our other grants programmes, namely Kindred and Poor Clergy, and to Holiday Grants and grants for Medical Research. Further information about all these grant programmes can be found in the Grant Programmes section of our site.