October 2021 – The Trust realise that the Covid-19 pandemic is still having a profound impact on the UK voluntary sector and our aim is to direct our grants to where they are needed most. The Swire Charitable Trust’s core programmes – Opportunity, Environment and Heritage – are accepting online funding requests as normal and they are prioritising UK charities that are well positioned to meet current challenges.
As well as these core funding programmes, They also have a dedicated COVID-19 Recovery Programme. So if your charity is providing a unique response to the crisis or is facing severe short-term funding pressures, they would like to hear from you.
The Trust has three themes for grant giving:
Opportunity: Improving life chances, realising potential
Supporting charities that are directly addressing the challenges faced by the most marginalised and disadvantaged, supporting them to make the most of their talents and boost long-term outcomes.
They specifically focus on organisations working with:
- Ex-service men and women
- Victims of slavery and trafficking
- Children and young people:
- In the care of their local authority
- Involved with the criminal justice system
- From the most socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
Environment: Connecting people to the environment
Funding charities that inspire and motivate individuals and communities to enhance our natural and built environment and help guide those who wish to live more sustainably.
Heritage: Regeneration through restoration
They are keen to fund projects that have legitimacy from a heritage perspective as well as the potential to deliver meaningful social and economic benefits to deprived communities or disadvantaged people. They favour grass-roots organisations that strongly engage with their local communities.
Swire also fund charities that are working hard to protect and cultivate the skills and knowledge underpinning the UK’s heritage sector.