Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations

The Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives

The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

Who can apply

Nearly all of our grants in this programme are made to organisations with an annual income of  between £50k and £2m. In exceptional circumstances we will consider applications from organisations with income up to £5m. If your organisation has an income of over £2m and you wish to apply you will need to demonstrate that you are uniquely well placed to deliver the work and that you are unable to source funding from elsewhere. If you are in this category, please contact us before making an application. 

We fund established organisations (by this we mean at least 18 months old and have published  their first set of annual accounts) that have a track record. We are looking for applicants that have the necessary expertise and experience and are well placed to deliver the work for which funding is sought. 

We make grants to fund charitable work. We primarily fund registered charities but are willing to  make grants to other types of not for profit organisations, such as Community Interest Companies (CICs) or constituted community groups if you can explain how you would use our funding for charitable purposes. Please note: if your organisation is not a registered charity, we require you to submit a constitution, which shows your charitable purpose. If you are a CIC we require you to provide details of how your constitution prevents funds being removed from the organisation (asset lock). 

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