Revenue Grants - What We Fund


The Henry Smith Charity makes grants for work throughout the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Applications can be made for Revenue funding i.e. projects and organisational running costs.

Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage (people with disabilities, for example) and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (by which we mean those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation). Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the Indices of Deprivation.

Please also note that we rarely make grants to organisations with income of £5m or above. If you organisation has income of this level please contact us to discuss the detail of your application before you apply.

Through our Main Grants Programme we make Revenue grants in the categories listed below, and have given some examples of the type of work we prioritise for support through our grants:

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
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. We 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.

Family Services
Support services for families in areas of high deprivation.

Advice and support 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 Transgendered.

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 the running costs of 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.

This information should be read in conjunction with the information about what we cannot fund, which you will find on our Not Normally Funded page.

Different criteria apply to our other grants programmes, namely County, Small Kindred, Christian Projects, and Holiday Grants. Further information about all these grant programmes can be found in the Grant Programmes section of our site.


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