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We make it easier for charities to find grant programmes that are relevant for their organisations and activities, in order to help them grow and increase the impact they have in their communities. We provide grants suitable for all types of organisations and have previously matched charities to exclusive grants of up to £40,000.

All grants listed are intended for charitable organisations rather than individuals.

1. The Laing Family Trusts

The Laing Family Trusts are a collection of trusts and run on a co-ordinated basis. This means that you do not need to make multiple applications to the individual Trusts; your application will automatically be directed to the most appropriate of the four Trusts.

What kind of projects/charities should apply?

A significant percentage of the grants awarded are made on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, the extension, redevelopment or refurbishment of property, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles. Most other grants are directed towards specific projects which will meet a clearly defined and demonstrable need within the applicant charity’s beneficiary/client group which cannot be met from statutory sources. Evidence of longer-term sustainability, potential for replicability & partnership working are important factors in the Trustees’ decision-making.

Although there is a less rigid criteria than some other trusts and foundations, applicants will need to complete an eligibility quiz and submit a project proposal if eligible.

About the grant:

Project funding may be offered on a one-off basis or phased, often on a tapering basis, over a three-year period. While the Trusts do not make grants towards core operational costs, the Trustees do recognise that securing funding for such costs can be a particular challenge. Applicants should, therefore, include a reasonable level of management costs to cover overheads in their project budget.

Application Deadline: Rolling application deadline

Link to register/apply:

Grant TypeFor WhomGrant SizeDeadlineDecision Made By
RestrictedCharities in England and WalesN/ARollingN/A

2. The Henry Smith Charity

About the grant and what kind of projects/charities should apply:

The Henry Smith Charity has several grants addressing different areas:

Improving Lives:
-Grants for small and medium sized organisations in the UK to support projects and the running costs of organisations.
-This grant is between 20k – £60k per year for 1-3 years.
-Organisations must have an annual turnover between £50k – £2m (in exceptional circumstances up to £5m)

Strengthening Communities:
-Running costs grants for small community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK.
-This grant is between 20k – £60k per year for 1-3 years.
Organisations must have an annual turnover between £20k – £500k
-The grants are for UK organisations only, both physically based and working within the 10% most deprived areas for England & Scotland and within the 15% most deprived areas for Northern Ireland & Wales

County Grants:
-Small grants for small organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties.
-This grant is between £500 – £20k (£10k max in any one year)
Organisations must have an annual turnover of up to £250k (up to £1m if activities are county-wide)
-The grants are for charities working in Gloucestershire (inc Bristol and South Gloucestershire), Hampshire (inc Southampton and the Isle of Wight), Kent, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex

Holiday Grants:
-Grants towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged.
-These grants are between £500 – £2,500
-UK only, with priority to the 20% most deprived areas

Christian Projects:
-Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.
-Grants between £10k+ per year for up to 3 years
-Organisations with a turnover of up to £1million

Application Deadline: Rolling application process

Link to register/apply:

Grant TypeFor WhomGrant SizeDeadlineDecision Made By
RestrictedUK based charitiesVariableRollingVariable

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