Open to applications
09 October 2020
Grants are available to registered charities in the East of England, South East and London in the areas of: Mental Health; Learning Disability; Homelessness; and Health in the Community.
Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.
The following applies to the Mount Fund:
- Most grants are for up to £5,000.
- Mental Health:
- For registered charities with income of up to £1 million. Smaller charities with income of up to £500,000 could be considered for larger grants of up to £20,000 paid over two or more years under this category.
- For registered charities with income of up to £1million and unrestricted free reserves of less than six months’ annual expenditure.
- Health in the Community:
- For smaller registered charities (with income of less than £500,000) for services provided primarily to rural communities. Unrestricted free reserves must also be less than six months’ annual expenditure. The Trustees wish to provide fewer larger grants towards core funding under this category and are inviting applicants to provide details of what they most need funding for and, how this will ultimately benefit the health of people in their community. Grants will be up to £20,000 to be paid in two annual instalments of up to £10,000 each.
The Mrs Smith and Mount Trust, originally two separate trusts until 1992 when they were merged, offers funding to registered charities assisting disadvantaged people towards greater independence or a better quality of life.
Through the Mount Fund, the Trust will focus on the following priority areas from 1 January 2020:
- Mental health.
- Health in the community.
The Mrs Smith Fund provides block grants to registered charities working with individuals in need that meet the criteria of the Fund.
The next closing date for applications to the Mount Fund is 9 October 2020. Applications may close early if sufficient applications have been received before this date.
Applications to the Mrs Smith Fund are accepted at any time but grants are only made once a year.
Applications are accepted from registered charities with an annual income of less than £1 million whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London.
The Trust will only consider a national organisation’s appeal at branch level and where separate accounts are available.
The Mount Fund provides funding for the following priority areas:
- Mental Health: for counselling services that are free or low cost; to address mental ill health arising from social disadvantage or discrimination.
- Homelessness: church and community shelters; advice and support; training and employment.
- Health in the Community: young people leaving care; recovery from domestic violence; people in food poverty.
The grants can be used to cover:
- Project costs.
- General running costs/core funding.
- Advice services.
- Organisational development.
- Refurbishment or alterations necessary to bring a building up to standard to meet legislative requirements.
The Mrs Smith Fund supports organisations working with disadvataged people such as:
- Young people leaving care (who have been looked after by the State).
- Individuals returning to the community after having lived in the care of the community or long stay hospital accommodation; after residential care eg the mentally ill, elderly or disabled people or; those who have had to give up their home and were unable to pay furniture storage fees.
- Individuals who have lost the contents of their homes through fire, theft, flood, or vandalism and who were unable to pay household insurance due to low income (the application in this category must be accompanied by a Police or Fire Officers report).
- Individuals who are being rehoused after living in a refuge and who are not able to obtain access to previous accommodation to collect their belongings.
- Individuals who are being rehabilitated who receive benefits, other than income support and who are not entitled to receive any Government funded grant which will pay for such household item.
- Individuals who have had to be rehoused due to circumstance beyond their control eg harassment; disablement or ill health; deterioration of property ie damp; where moving from furnished private to unfurnished council accommodation or; where care of another person is being undertaken who was not previously living in the accommodation.
The grants are to be used towards the purchase of household furnishings and equipment, baby items and clothing.
Match Funding Restrictions
Match funding is not a specified requirement.
The following exclusions apply:
- Charities with an income of over £1 million (or £500,000 for the Health in the Community category).
- Appeals for equipment or projects working with people with dementia (and other mental health problems) under the Health in the Community category (The Mount Trust).
- Appeals for general counselling.
- Building costs (except for refurbishments or alterations necessary to bring a building up to standards to meet legislative requirements).
Applications to the Mount Fund are considered three times a year – at the Trustees meeting in March, July and November.
The online application form for The Mount Trust can be found by successfully completing the eligibility quiz on the Trust’s website.
To be considered for the Mrs Smith Fund, applicants must submit a one-page document providing initial details about their group’s work. Applicants cannot use the online Mount Fund application form to apply to the Mrs Smith Fund.
Addresses and contacts
Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right-hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.
The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust
6 Trull Farm Buildings
0203 325 2590