Henry Smith Charity – County Grants

15th February 2019


The Community Foundation for Surrey is working in partnership with the Henry Smith Charity to deliver this Surrey County Grants Scheme. Grants are for core costs and project costs for not-for-profit organisations and registered charities that are addressing need within Surrey. Grants are available of up to £10,000 for one year grant, or £20,000 for a multi-year grant which can be spread over 2-3 years.

To be eligible, groups must have an annual income of under £250,000 or under £1 million if the organisation’s activities are countywide. This is a rolling programme, applications are accepted at anytime and are without a fixed deadline. 

However, it is with regret that we inform you that the Henry Smith Charity will cease running a number of their County Grants Schemes, including Surrey, at the end of 2021. The programmes in these counties will no longer accept applications when the county’s annual budget is spent or, at the latest, by 30th September 2021. 

The Henry Smith Charity traditionally ran these small grant programmes in a number of counties which had particular links with Henry Smith. Individual, locally based County Trustees manage the programme in their area. However, in recent years a number of County Trustees have retired and Henry Smith put in place interim measures to continue making grants with the support of local Community Foundations. Following a recent review, the Trustee Board has decided, as a national funder working to reduce disadvantage across the UK, they should look at the funding of small community organisations in the areas of the highest deprivation nationally, rather than regionally. As a result, the County Grant Programme for work in five counties (including Surrey( will stop at the end of this year, with the remaining programmes also progressively closing.

The Community Foundation for Surrey would like to thank the Henry Smith Charity for their involvement with Surrey charities over recent years. To our grantees, we encourage applications to be submitted in this final year of funding, whilst funds are still available. Applications can be made directly via the Henry Smith Charity https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/county-grants/county-grants-overview/

What will they fund?

Priority is given to work benefiting 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 areas in the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation).

We make grants in the categories listed below and have given some examples of the type of work that we prioritise for support through our grants.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) – Culturally appropriate services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; including those that promote integration and access to mainstream services.

Carers – 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.

Disability – 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 Abuse – Advice, support and secure housing projects for families affected by domestic abuse or sexual abuse. 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/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.

Ex-Service Men and Women – Support and residential care services for ex-service men and women and their dependents.

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

Healthcare – Residential, health and outreach services, such as home care support. NHS operated services will not normally be funded, nor will core medical staff. In the case of applications from Hospices, priority is given to requests for capital expenditure.

Homelessness – Advice, support and housing 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 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.

Sex Work & Trafficking – Advice and support services for sex industry workers; including advice on housing support and personal health, escaping exploitation and exiting sex work.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers – Advocacy, advice and support services for refugees and asylum seekers, and 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.

Please refer to The Henry Smith County Grants Funding Guidelines here for further information on what they will and will not fund.


Example Grants by the County Grant Scheme

Freewheelers Theatre and Media Ltd – £20,000 towards two years’ salary of the Operations Manager at a project in Surrey providing opportunities for people with disabilities to produce and participate in theatre, film, music and dance.

GASP Motor Project – £20,000 towards two years’ running costs of a project providing courses in motor mechanics for at risk young people in Surrey.

Home-Start Surrey Heath – £10,000 towards one year’s running costs of a Home-Start working with disadvantaged families in Surrey.

Mid Surrey Mencap – £3,600 towards one year’s running costs of a summer play scheme for children and young people with learning disabilities in Surrey.

North Surrey Afasic – £3,500 towards one year’s running costs of a project in Surrey providing activities and support for children and young people affected by speech and language impairment.

Bridge Project (Woking) – £3,333 towards two years’ running costs of a project in Surrey providing mentoring and support to dependent drinkers to help them abstain from alcohol.

Age Concern Farncombe – £10,000 towards one year’s running costs of a project in Surrey that helps ensure isolated older people can access a day centre.

Brigitte Trust – £5,000 towards one year’s salary of the Service & Development Manager at a project providing support at home to people with life-threatening conditions in Surrey and West Sussex.


To apply, please refer to the County Grants Guidelines and application form on The Henry Smith Charity website and apply directly to them.

Please note, applications to this Fund can take up to 6 months for an outcome.

Thomas Trust Fund

27th April 2016

The former Trustees of the Thomas Trust transferred the Trust’s capital to create a bespoke Community Foundation Fund in 2014 and continue to award grants to care for elderly, disabled and blind people in the Godalming area.

Betty Thomas was a forthright lady and very determined that the Trust she intended to set up should be run professionally and fully exercise her wishes and stipulations. Her concerns for the elderly, blind and disabled demonstrated her kindness and desire to assist on a long term basis.

The previous Trustees of the Thomas Trust are most encouraged at the enhanced awareness and profile brought to the charitable aspirations of Betty Thomas through having the privilege of being part of a larger and prestigious organisation in the Community Foundation for Surrey

Dr Chris Jagger MBE

Thomas Trust Fund Panel Member


Example grants from the fund:

Bright Shadow – £1,800

Bright Shadow is a charity working to enable people living with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive through creative and meaningful activities.

This grant supported the charity’s interactive performance ‘Zest’ workshops that use tried and tested methodology using story-making, movement, song, imagination and sensory stimuli to engage people in fun and meaningful activity to stimulate social interaction and facilitate community building within people with dementia. This funding allowed for the workshops to be set up and implemented in both Woking and Godalming for one year.

The Clockhouse – £3,000

The Clockhouse provides a safe, secure and stimulating environment for the over 60s living in Milford and the surrounding villages to meet. Attendees experience a full range of fun and engaging activities, as well as support throughout the sessions, while carers receive respite from their caring role.

This grant provided funding for the groups ‘Exercise and Balance Awareness Sessions’ to help support the fees for a qualified teacher to run the programme to the local group three days a week. Exercise sessions are invaluable for those who have been discharged from hospital after falls and illness and greatly improve balance and confidence. This grant helped build confidence in participants in the ability of getting out and about safely, prolonging independent living, as well as general exercise improving well being, stamina and mobility.

The Peter Harrison Foundation Community Fund


The Peter Harrison Foundation was founded in 1999. The following year, Peter Harrison completed a Deed of Gift under which he and his family gave the Foundation a capital endowment, to which the Harrison family made a further contribution to in 2010. The Foundation aims to maintain the value of this capital while distributing annual income of approximately £2.2 million for charitable purposes. In fact, over the past 16 years the Foundation has made 981 grants to 566 charities, totaling over £37 million.

By working with the Community Foundation for Surrey, this national Foundation benefits from the Community Foundation’s local knowledge.

The Peter Harrison Foundation Community Fund is a ‘small grants fund’ to support local community and voluntary groups. The Fund will focus on those areas of need that the Peter Harrison Foundation supports including children and young people with disabilities, helping disabled and disadvantaged young people through sport and providing education to disadvantaged young people.


Example grants from the fund:

Kinetic Foundation – £5,000

Kinetic Croydon are a football charity that aim to provide high quality sports coaching and educational programmes to disadvantaged young people across the London boroughs. The charity’s main goal is to encourage the development of young peoples skills, employability and aspirations for their futures, who are in, or at risk of falling in to the NEET category and/or at risk of participating in anti-social behaviour.

This funding allowed for free weekly football sessions to take place, specifically aimed at disadvantaged primary school children from the Tandridge area. This grant provided the Soccer Schools facility hire, coaching staff time, equipment costs, as well as marketing costs of promoting the project.

GASP Motor Project – £5,000

GASP Motor Project helps young people aged between 14 and 19 years who are living in Surrey and the surrounding area learn basic motor mechanics and practical engineering skills.

This grant supported the ongoing development of the GASP. Students who attend the group are typically those who are not engaging, or not able to engage, in a classroom environment. GASP provides a less formal learning environment away from the stress of the classroom. With a maximum group size of six students, and with two instructors, the students benefit from personal attention in a calm environment. The emphasis is on the development of personal skills such as: listening, communication, teamwork, resilience and in particular, confidence. All of these attributes stand them in good stead on their return to school, and later in life.

The Pargiter Trust Fund

Pargiter Trust logo with writing

The Pargiter Trust, a national family charitable trust established to support disadvantaged older people to be independent, healthy and socially included works in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to deliver their Surrey grassroots grants programme.

The Honourable Isobel Cooper-Heyman founded the Pargiter Trust in 2005 to support older people. Isobel was a Trustee of The National Benevolent Fund for The Aged (NBFA) for a number of years and was a passionate campaigner, ensuring older people have the support they need to maintain independence and live healthy, happy lives. She founded the Pargiter Trust to continue her work alleviating social isolation and stress wherever possible for older people living in England and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Pargiter comes from Isobel’s maiden name, the only daughter of Baron George Albert Pargiter, CBE and Dorothy Maude. Since Isobel’s death in 2009 her cousin, Suzanne Gardiner, has taken up role as Chair.

Through its mission to support disadvantaged older people to be independent, healthy and socially included, the Pargiter Trust is focused on grant making and support for innovation. The trustees work closely with Community Foundations and Charities, to support grassroots projects whose objects are compatible with the Trust’s mission; to benefit those disadvantaged and over the age of 65 to be independent, healthy and socially included.

We chose the Community Foundation for Surrey because they were local, offered us the opportunity to stay involved in the giving process and visit the projects we supported.

Sue Gardiner – Chair, Pargiter Trust


Example grants from the fund:

Music in Hospitals – £1,500

Music in Hospitals aims to bring joy through the therapeutic delivery of high quality live music to benefit the public by delivering music concerts across the UK, in order to raise the spirits, reduce distress and suffering, and to bring pleasure to sick and vulnerable adults, children and their families.

This funding supported the charity’s ’18 Concerts across Surrey’ project that benefited elderly people in healthcare facilities with the objective to enhance memory, improve communication, express feelings and assist with rehabilitation of elderly people who may be living with dementia.

Tea and Chat – £5,000

Tea and Chat (Making Connections) sessions provide a place for socially isolated older people to meet and experience companionship, socialisation and engaging activities, or to accompany a partner or friend with dementia as a carer. Carers can also join in with activities, and can gain confidence and a sense of wellbeing by re-joining their community after a bereavement.

This funding supported the continuation of project and helped reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older people across Tandridge.