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The Swire Charitable Trust

The Swire Charitable Trust makes grants to charities supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable people to overcome barriers and realise their potential, and to charities who are protecting our precious environment and heritage.

The Trust has three main grant-making programmes – Opportunity, Heritage, and Environment – and we have specific aims underpinning each one of these, as well as overarching priorities to help guide us in our grant making. Details of these can be found here.

1. Opportunity

Improving life chances, realising potential

We support 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. Specifically:

  • 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

2. Environment

Connecting people to the environment

We fund 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.

Supporting the UK’s biodiversity

We support activities that actively improve the health and resilience of the UK’s eco-systems, habitats and native species.

3. Heritage

Regeneration through restoration

We 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.

We favour grass-roots organisations that strongly engage with their local communities.

Safeguarding endangered skills

We also fund charities that are working hard to protect and cultivate the skills and knowledge underpinning the UK’s heritage sector.

For more information or to apply, click here.