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This is where we will tell you about any changes to our guidelines or other occasional news.


June 2016

The Trustees have decided that we will no longer fund

  • capital projects
  • projects focussing on healthcare and hospices, or
  • projects specifically targeted at supporting ex-servicemen and women under our Main Grants Programme.

Applications in these categories received after Friday 17th July 2016 will not be considered.

During the course of 2016 and 2017 we are carrying out a strategic review of our grantmaking, which is likely to result in further changes to our guidelines in 2017. If you are thinking of applying, please make sure you check the guidelines again before making your application.

Please also note that we rarely make grants to organisation that have income of more than £5million under our Main Grants Programme. If your organisation has income of £5million or above, please contact us to discuss the detail of your application with a member of staff before applying.


August 2015

Following a recent review, the Trustees have decided to close the Charity’s Medical Research Grants Programme. From the end of 2015, the Trustees will not approve new funding for Medical Research Projects. As the assessment process for these projects take several months, we have now closed the programme to new applications.


Henry Smith Book Cover

January 2015

HENRY SMITH His Life and Legacy

An illustrated biography of Henry Smith has been published.   Very little had previously been known about Henry Smith or the life he led. Lucy Lethbridge and Tim Wales researched far and wide to uncover details about Henry’s life and his charity.  This new and richly illustrated book provides a fascinating account about Henry Smith the man, the turbulent times in which he lived, and the development of his charity over the past four hundred years.

‘HENRY SMITH His Life and Legacy’ by Lucy Lethbridge & Tim Wales is available from Church House Booksellers, and can be ordered from booksellers and other online retailers.

ISBN: 978-0-9930945-0-7


January 2015

New Application Procedures for the Main Grants Programme

Application procedures for our Main Grants Programme (Revenue and Capital Grants) were updated on 7th January.  Please refer to the Revenue and Capital pages of our website for more information.

(We will continue to accept applications in the old format until the end of February.) 


June 2014

Northern Ireland Development Programme What have we learnt?

The Northern Ireland Development Fund, a joint programme between The Henry Smith Charity and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, was launched in 2008 to help explore new ways to support a resilient, cohesive, vibrant and inclusive society and to build the capacity of Northern Ireland's voluntary sector.
Our report and further information about the programme can be found on the Research page of our website.


March 2014

A new Small Grants Programme for community groups in the North East of England has been launched in partnership with the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.  A summary of the new fund can also be found on the Small Grants (North East) page of our website.


December 2013

Revised guidelines for Revenue and Capital grants have been published.


December 2012

New reporting requirements for Revenue and Capital Grants (Main Grants Programme only)

Progress Report Forms have been introduced for Revenue and Capital grants made through the Main Grants Programme.  Please see the Info for Grantees page for more information.


May 2012

Appointment of New Director

Following a recruitment process earlier this year the Trustees have appointed Nick Acland to succeed Richard Hopgood as Director in the autumn. Nick has been a trustee of the Charity since 2007, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and a member of many other Committees. He has resigned as a trustee and will take up his appointment in mid-September.

Nick's career to date has been in the manufacturing sector. For the last ten years he has been running his own manufacturing business prior to which he held various general management positions in the paper industry. He has an MBA from the European Business School (INSEAD) and a BA in Engineering Science from Oxford University.


January 2011

Islands in the Stream: an evaluation of four London independent domestic violence advocacy schemes

A new two-year evaluation report into four IDVA projects in London has been published.  The programme and evaluation were funded by The Henry Smith Charity and Trust for London, and the evaluation study carried out by the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.  The report and an executive summary can be downloaded from the Research page of our website.


March 2010

Warning - Email Scam

It has been brought to our attention that there is an email circulating, purporting to originate from The Henry Smith Charity, that offers donations to individuals and organisations.  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on this. You are strongly advised not to respond to these emails.


November 2009 

Safety in Numbers: a multi-site evaluation of Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Services has been published.  The study is the first large scale, multi-site evaluation of IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) services across England and Wales.  The report and an executive summary can be downloaded from the Research page of our website.



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