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Sir Thomas Smythe’s Charity

Registered charity number: 210775

Provides financial and pastoral support to individuals in need, and  grants to welfare organisations, in designated parishes of West Kent.

The Charity founded by Sir Thomas Smythe's will in 1625 currently operates two schemes.

  • Scheme 1 provides small one-off extra needs grants to individuals in need, usually not exceeding £250
  • Scheme 2 provides larger block grants to local welfare organisations that work with people in significant financial need who are vulnerable and isolated

Scheme 1

We do not accept applications from individuals directly.  If you require assistance and you think you meet the eligibility criteria, please ask your support worker to look at our website and contact us on your behalf.  If you are a support worker and have a client in need, we may be able to assist.

We accept applications from support agencies such as social and support services, housing associations, refuge and rehabilitation organisations, and local charities.

Eligibility criteria - who can apply?

Applicants must be living in one of the 26 designated parishes (please see table below), and fall into one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Those living on a low income - most beneficiaries should be on a means-tested benefit, although each case is looked at individually
  • Those living in their own home, either as a tenant or owner-occupier

What do we fund?

We can consider grants for items not covered by benefits such as

  • unexpected household repairs
  • replacing domestic appliances
  • travel costs to and from hospital
  • one-off expenses such as deep cleaning

Scheme 2

If you are a local welfare organistion that works with people who are vulnerable, isolated, and in financial need, you may be eligible to apply for funding through this programme.

Eligibility criteria - who can apply?

We welcome applications from registered charities and not-for-profit organisations

You need to be working in at least one (or more) of the designated parishes listed in the table below - your parish boundaries can be checked by visiting achurchnearyou.com

You need to be working with one of more of the following groups.

  • Older people
  • Disadvantaged people
  • People with disabilities
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Those in recovery from substance misuse
  • Those living with mental health issues

Our Grants & Exclusions

We can consider grants for either capital items (e.g. equipment) or core running costs, providing they can be demonstrated to make a clear and significant contribution to your organisation.

One-off and multi-year grants are available, not to exceed £1,000 per annum, for a maximum duration of 3 years (i.e. maximum total award possible under the scheme is £3,000).

We cannot assist with requests from individuals. We operate a separate funding scheme for individuals. Please contact the grants administrator for further details.

We cannot consider applications from larger organisations with an annual income of over £1,000,000

How To Apply & Submission Deadline Dates

Applications for Scheme 1 (grants to individuals) can be submitted at any time during the year.

Applications for Scheme 2 (grants to organisations) are considered twice a year, at our April and October Trustees meetings and should be submitted by latest mid-March and mid-September respectively.  Please note, due to limited funding, not all applications may be successful.

Please contact the Grants Administrator for an application form - email charitiesadmin@skinners.org.uk or telephone 020 7213 0562 or by post to The Grants Administrator, Skinners’ Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP

Designated Parishes *

Your parish boundaries can be checked by visiting www.achurchnearyou.com

Parish Area Parish Area
St James Tunbridge Wells St Paul Swanley
St Peter Tunbridge Wells St Mary Swanley
St Barnabas Tunbridge Wells St John the Baptist Sutton at Hone
St John’s Tunbridge Wells St Margaret Darenth
Holy Trinity & Christchurch Tunbridge Wells St Michael & All Angels Wilmington
St Luke’s Tunbridge Wells St Bartholomew Otford
King Charles the Martyr Tunbridge Wells St John Dunton Green
St Paul  - Rusthall Tunbridge Wells St John the Evangelist Hildenborough
St Peter & St Paul with St Saviour Tonbridge St Lawrence Bidborough
St Stephen Tonbridge St Mary the Virgin Speldhurst
St Peter Southborough St John the Evangelist Groombridge
St Thomas  - High Brooms Southborough All Saints Langton Green
St Matthew Southborough St Peter & St Paul Shorne