July 2021 – The trust realise that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the UK voluntary sector and their aim is to direct their grants to where they are needed most. The Swire Charitable Trust’s existing Opportunity, Environment and Heritage programmes are accepting online funding requests as normal and they are prioritising UK charities that are well positioned to meet current challenges.
Grants are available for UK registered charities working to deliver positive and lasting change to UK society under three programme areas: Welfare; Opportunity; and Heritage.
Projects must address at least one of the Trust’s funding programme objectives, which are:
- Community and social welfare – the funding is for charities that help to foster long-term positive change in the lives of disadvantaged people and their communities with particular interest in charities working with:
- Young people leaving care.
- People with physical and learning disabilities.
- Homeless people.
- Ex-servicemen and women.
- Victims of slavery and human trafficking.
- Education and training – the funding is for charities that help children and adults from all backgrounds to fulfill their potential and make the most of their talents with particular interest in charities that are:
- Working to narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged and marginalised children.
- Targeting improvements in essential skills such as literacy and numeracy.
- Empowering young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), or marginalised adults, to engage with education or training.
- Heritage – the funding is for charities working to restore neglected buildings and monuments which can contribute to community regeneration, particularly in areas of deprivation with particular interest in smaller heritage charities that focus on providing employment or volunteering opportunities for the local community – and contributing to the regeneration of the area. The restoration must have public benefit.