The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants (of up to £20,000 per year for a maximum of three years) to charitable organisations including social enterprises that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
The Henry Smith Charity supports established organisations (with incomes of between £50,000 – £2 million) delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work.
The Charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they wish to support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need. Your application must state which priority area(s) your service fulfils:
Improving Lives Priority Areas
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 employment.
Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements: supporting people to address their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.
Support networks and family: working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships.
Deadline: Continuous rolling basis – decisions are made within six months.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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