The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £70,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations (charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises) that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are unavailable.

The charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need.  These are:

·  Help at a critical moment – Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma, or abuse.

·  Positive choices – Helping people whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others to make positive choices.

·  Accommodation/housing support – Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation.

·  Employment and training – Supporting people to move towards or gain employment.

·  Financial inclusion, rights, and entitlements – Supporting people in overcoming their financial problems and ensuring they can claim their rights and entitlements.

·  Support networks and family – Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships

Grants can cover running costs, salaries, and project costs for organisations that demonstrate a track record of success and the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £20,000 – £500,000.

After seven years, the charity announced it would close its Improving Lives grants programme at 5 pm on the 28th of June 2024.

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Organisation name:
Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives



Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK)