Revenue Grants

This guidance applies to Revenue grants awarded before the end of December 2017.

This was the grant programme through which the majority of our funding was delivered for many years.  This was superceded in October 2017 by two new grant programmes: Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities.

Our grant programmes are designed to empower and enable organisations to provide a range of support for communities throughout the UK. We are interested in hearing from all our grant holders, so we can learn together, and understand the difference our grant holders are making.

As a Henry Smith Charity grant holder, we ask you to monitor and evaluate the work you do, and submit an annual progress report to us so we can learn about your work. As well as your successes, we are interested to hear about the challenges you have faced during the year, as we appreciate things don’t always go to plan.

At the beginning of your grant, you will be allocated a Grants Manager. Please call or email your Grants Manager if you would like to discuss any unexpected challenges, or if you need to make any changes to your agreed activities. Any changes to the project or to the focus of the work we have agreed to support must be discussed with your Grants Manager beforehand.

You will find the contact details of your Grants Manager on your grant offer letter. Please also quote your grant reference number in any correspondence and have it to hand when you call.

Progress reports

You will need to submit a completed Progress Report Form in each year that you receive a grant payment from us. Reports are due six months after you receive your grant payment.

In your report please ensure you tell us about the outcomes that our funding has helped you achieve. We expect to see a range of hard and soft outcomes, including some quantified data.

The Progress Report Form can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.

We recommend that you save the Progress Report Form onto your computer before starting to complete it (select the save option when downloading).

Annual reports and accounts

During your grant a copy of your organisation’s audited/independently examined accounts must be sent to us each year. Please send them to us as soon as they are approved by your Trustees, no later than nine months after your organisation’s year end.

Future grant payments will be delayed if we do not receive your accounts or progress report.

Acknowledging our grant

If you receive a grant from us, you do not have to formally acknowledge our support in publications or on your website, unless this is a special condition of your grant.

You must, however, ensure that our grant is appropriately acknowledged in your accounts.

Our logo

Please visit the Request Our Logo page in this section for more information. You can ask us for a copy of our logo for use in marketing materials or on your website by completing and submitting the form at the bottom of the Request Our Logo page.

Marketing and publicity

If you want to announce or acknowledge our funding in a press release, on social media or any other type of publicity, you must wait until you have received our formal offer letter and have accepted any terms and conditions relating to the grant.

Continuation funding

We define Continuation Funding as the continuous funding of an organisation, this does not have to be for the same piece of work as we realise that needs of your organisation can change over time.

We are able to consider funding an organisation for up to nine years consecutively, or for nine out of 12 years where there has been a break of a year between applications, before a break in funding is required.

In order to be fair to all applicants, we do not have a separate application process for continuation funding, a full application has to be completed for us to assess.

If you are thinking of applying to us again there are a few things to check before you do:

  • Does you work fit with our current funding criteria which may have changed since you last applied to us?
  • Are there any conditions on your existing grant which preclude you from applying again?  These conditions can be found on your original Grant Offer Letter. This is important as while we are able to consider funding an organisation for up to nine years, sometimes the Trustees state that a break in funding is required before nine years has passed.
  • Are you in the last six months of your current grant and have you submitted your final progress report? This is important as we cannot consider an application for continuation funding unless these two requirements are met.

Once you have been through this checklist and you know you are eligible, you can see details about all of our programmes and how to apply in the What we Fund section of our website.

When you are applying, please don’t assume we already know about your organisation as the people assessing your application at the first stage may not be aware of your work.

Important information

The Revenue grant programme is now closed. If you are thinking of applying again you should look at either the Improving Lives or the Strengthening Communities grant programmes. If you would like to discuss which would suit your organisation better, please contact us.