We have tried to make our application process as simple and transparent as possible. There is just one stage, with a single form for all our programmes and all types of grant.

If you wish to apply, please complete our online funding request form, briefly outlining why your work is needed and effective. Please remember that we cannot accept applications by post. 

We run a rolling programme with regular grantmaking meetings, so there are no deadlines for submission. Once you have submitted your application it will be assigned to the next available meeting. You can expect to receive an outcome within 2-3 months of submission, but occasionally it can take slightly longer.

If you are applying for a project with a firm start date, please ensure you submit the application at least four months before the project is due to begin.  The Swire Charitable Trust is also happy to consider unrestricted grants for charities that are a good overall fit for our programmes.

Please bear in mind that we only award multiyear grants to charities we have previously supported. The total amount requested should not be more than 10% of the charity’s last reported income.

Before you apply

If you’re thinking about applying to us for funding, here are some documents that may be helpful. We particularly recommend that you review our guidelines before embarking on your application.

Application guidelines

Essential reading before and while making an application to us.


Application & monitoring form questions

All the questions you’ll need to answer in our online forms – just for guidance.


Standard grant conditions

We attach these standard conditions to the majority of our grants.



Clear answers to common questions.


Apply for funding

When you are ready to make your application please submit a funding request by completing the following steps:

Pass our eligibility test

Please answer all the questions and submit your responses.

If your responses indicate that you are eligible to apply for funding, you will move automatically to the next step. If they don’t, you won’t be able to proceed.

Complete the online funding request form

Please complete every field and try to demonstrate why your charity’s work is needed and effective. Most of the questions have character limits but please don’t think that you need to use these up. Concise answers are often the most compelling.

A PDF of the questions on our funding request form can be found above. Please remember that this is for guidance only and you must submit your request via the online funding request form.

Add attachments and submit your request

At the end of the form, upload a copy of your charity’s latest inspected or audited accounts. If your charity is too new to have these, a copy of a bank statement will be fine. You’ll also get the chance to upload budgets and any other materials that you think may add weight to your request.

You can make changes and save your form at any time before submission. Return to it at a later date by clicking ‘Save and resume later’. You will have 30 days to submit your application.

When you have completed the form you will have the opportunity to review your answers and, if necessary, go back to make any final changes. When you are happy please click ‘Submit application’.

Our application guidelines and FAQs are there to help you complete your application. But if you need any extra help, please email

What happens next?

Once you’ve submitted a funding request, your part of the process is complete. It’s now up to us to review your application and consider it for a grant.

1. Acknowledgement

When we receive your completed request we will send you two emails: one acknowledging receipt and a second containing a copy of your submission. After that, we may request a call or meeting with you or you may not hear from us again until we’ve determined the outcome of your application.

2. Assessment

After an initial assessment by our grants team, eligible requests aligned with our current funding priorities are passed to trustees.

Grant proposals of up to £25,000 are considered at Monthly Grants Committee Meetings, with larger requests (£25,000 or more) reviewed at Quarterly Trustees Meetings, usually held in January, April, July and September/October. The application window generally closes three weeks before each meeting.

Decisions are usually made within 2-3 months of submission, but occasionally it can take slightly longer.

3. Outcome

We will notify you by email if your funding request has not been successful. Regretfully, due to the small size of our team, we are unable to offer any feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Successful applicants will receive an email informing them of our Trustees’ decision. Applicants will be asked to send us their bank account details by completing our online Bank Details Form, uploading a copy of a recent bank statement (or paying in slip), as well as confirming that they have accepted our standard Terms and Conditions.

Our aim is to send payments within two weeks of receipt of bank details.

Whether or not your funding request has been successful, we would ask you to wait at least one year from the date of application before reapplying to the Trust.