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

Registered charities or not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 that are based in East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Surrey 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
  • Carers
  • Community Service
  • Disability
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Ex-Service Men and Women
  • Family Services
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Prisoners and Ex-offenders
  • Sex Work and Trafficking
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Young People

County Grants made in Brighton and Hove:

  • Brighton and Hove Speak Out, £5,000, towards one year’s running costs of a project providing support and advocacy to people with learning disabilities.
  • 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
  • Knoll Community Associaton, £5,000 towards one year’s salary of an Assistant Centre Manager at a project providing social, leisure and learning opportunities for people in a disadvantaged area of West Sussex
  • Refugee Radio, £5,000 towards one year’s running costs of a project providing support services to refugees and asylum seekers in deprived areas in East and West Sussex
  • Safe in Sussex, £20,000 towards two years’ running costs of a refuge and drop-in centre in West Sussex for women affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex

How to apply

Create an account and complete the application form online.

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. 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

25/2/19 JG

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