Grant Making Review

Every year we produce a Grant Making Review for The Henry Smith Charity board of trustees and staff in order to inform our internal learning and grant making processes. We also publish the review online to aid transparency about our grant making, in particular to inform potential grant applicants.

The review provides information about the type and size of grants we made in that year, which social issues our new grant holders address, where they work and how many people they support. It also explains the reasons why grant applicants were unsuccessful. We want to be transparent about this to help potential applicants understand what we fund and whether they are eligible to apply.

    For example, in 2019 under our Main Grant programmes:
    • We made 225 grants – 194 Improving Lives, 31 Strengthening Communities
    • The average grant size was £126,000 (over three years)
    • We made the most grants to organisations concerned with Disadvantaged Communities, Children and Young People, Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Family Services, Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • More than half our grants went to organisations based in the most deprived 20% of the UK
    • Applicants had an 18% chance of being successful. The main reasons they were unsuccessful were lack of information about outcomes and lack of information about service(s) delivered.

    The Grant Making Review for 2019 can be downloaded from the Downloads section on the right hand side of this page or by clicking on the image below.


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