Henry Smith Charity – County Grants


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.


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