Henry Smith Charity: County Grants

Grants available for: Revenue or capital costs for small, non-profit organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties, including East and West Sussex.
Size of grants given: £500 to £10,000 in one year, or up to £20,000 over two or three years.
Trustees meet four times a year, in March, June, September and December.

Aims of Fund

Priority is given to work benefitting groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (i.e. areas in the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation).

Who can apply

Established organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 that are based in East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk or Gloucestershire.

The Henry Smith Charity also run different grant programmes which are open to organisations in other areas of the UK, or with higher incomes. See their website for more information.

How much and what can you apply for?

  • The minimum you can ask for is £500.
  • The maximum one year grant you can ask us for is £10,000.
  • The maximum multi-year grant you can request is £20,000. You can ask for this to be spread over either two or three years.
  • Grants can be used towards running costs, salaries, project costs, or one-off capital expenditure such as building refurbishment or equipment.
  • Capital grants must be used within six months of award. If you are applying for a contribution to a large capital project, you must have 75% of the funding secured before making your application. Applications for small capital expenditure can be made at any time, without match funding.

Priority is given to work with:

  • groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage; and
  • tackling problems in areas of high deprivation (ranked in the bottom third of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation).

Within these areas of work, there is further information on some types of project and organisation that are not usually funded.

Grants are given for work in the following categories:

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

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.

Community Service

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. They are particularly interested in services which can demonstrate their outcomes measurement such as data collected through the Safer Lives 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.

Family Services

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, 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 Trans*.

Mental Health

Advice and support services for people experiencing mental health problems, and projects that promote positive mental health.

Older People

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.

Young People

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.

County Grants made in Brighton and Hove:

  • Bandbazi, £9,870, towards one year’s running costs of a project providing arts and creative workshops for people with mental health difficulties
  • Brighton & Hove City Mission, £5,000, towards one year’s running costs of a foodbank for disadvantaged people
  • Brighton Light Trust, £5,000, towards one year’s running costs of a debt advice service
  • Clock Tower Sanctuary, £10,000, towards one year’s running costs of a day centre for young homeless people
  • Community Advice, Support and Education (CASE), £5,000, towards one year’s running costs of a project providing a welfare rights advice and advocacy service to disadvantaged people
  • St Lukes Advice Service, £10,000, towards one year’s running costs of a money and welfare benefits advice service in Brighton

How to apply

Complete a County Grants application form, available to download from their website.

They also provide lots of useful information to help you with your application. Read this through carefully to maximise your chances of submitting a successful application.

Deadlines for application

There are no application deadlines. Decisions are made a quarterly trustee meetings,  in March, June, September and December. Decisions take between 3-6 months.

Contact details

The Henry Smith Charity
6th Floor
65 Leadenhall Street
Phone number: 020 7264 4970
website: www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

Date & initials

01/11/17 MS

Would you like to make a donation?

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All Resource Centre information is available for free because we know small community groups have small budgets. However, we are a small charity, so if you are in a position to make a donation, it will help us to keep running this service into the future.