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Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Strengthening Communities

14 May 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Objectives of Fund

The Henry Smith Charity's Strengthening Communities programme is part of the Charity's Main Grants programme. The Fund focuses on funding small charitable organisations working at grassroots level, to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.

The Charity's three main priorities are as follows:

  • Increasing resilience
    Empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on.

  • Creating opportunities and life chances
    Raising aspiration – equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances.

  • Empowering communities
    Strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion.

Value Notes

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year, for up to three years, are available.

The Charity will not consider making a grant that is equivalent to more than 50% of the projected annual running costs of an organisation.

Applications for continuation funding will be considered.

Who Can Apply

Charities and not-for-profit organisations including social enterprises can apply. They must be physically based and working within the 10% most deprived areas of England and Scotland and within the 15% most deprived areas of Northern Ireland and Wales on the Government Indices of Multiple Deprivation.

Groups that are not registered charities must have a constitution to demonstrate a charitable purpose.

Community interest companies can apply but must provide details of how their constitution prevents funds being removed from the organisation (asset lock).

The funder supports established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries, and it is looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of the work.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an income of between £20,000 and £500,000.

  • Be at least 18 months old and have published annual accounts.

  • Have a track record.

In addition, applicants must be:

  • Delivering holistic support - taking a positive approach to the whole person, addressing multiple issues, with those who are in some way excluded or vulnerable.

  • Providing direct service delivery - engaging directly with people to help them to build their capabilities and tackle the root causes of problems.

  • Community led - have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are working with the community to address them.

  • Open and accessible - committed to equal opportunities and removing barriers to marginalised groups.

  • Clear and consistent about what they aim to achieve as demonstrated through their actions and practice.

  • Responsive to need and well placed to deliver.

  • Well placed to deliver services and aware of what is going on around them.

  • Person centred - the interests of the individual are at the heart of what the organisation does. People are meaningfully involved in developing solutions to the issues they face.

  • Using resources well - high quality, well run organisations that have the skills and capabilities to make proper and effective use of their resources.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 update:

The Charity understands that applicants' current services are likely to be affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. However, as the application process takes approximately six months, it requires applicants to detail how they would wish to deliver their services once the current government restrictions have been lifted.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines and applications are assessed when they are received.

There is a two-stage application process. An online stage-one application form is available to complete via the Henry Smith Charity website. This first stage can take up to eight weeks and applicants will then be contacted to inform them if they are successful and will be put through to the second stage.

The Charity acknowledges that the information it requires from applicants (eg organisational budgets) may be subject to change as a result of the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, and it will take this into account when assessing applications.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The Henry Smith Charity
    6th Floor
    65 Leadenhall Street
    EC3A 2AD
    Tel: 020 7264 4970


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