The Swire Charitable Trust is an independent UK grant making trust. Since 1975 we have been supporting a wide range of charities that share our commitment to delivering positive and lasting change to UK society. We receive our funding from John Swire & Sons Ltd, the parent company of the Swire Group.

Covid-19 Update
June 2020

We realise that the new Coronavirus outbreak is  having a profound impact on UK charities and we want to be as helpful and flexible as we can in the coming months. Whilst our office closed on 16 March, the Swire Charitable Trusts team is working remotely and can be contacted by email – either to your usual contact or to info@nullscts.org.uk.

We are not able to retrieve post sent to our office at Swire House very frequently, so please could we ask you to bear with us or ideally resend by email if possible. This is also true for all mail sent to all the Swire family charitable trusts (the Adrian Swire & John Swire 1989 Charitable Trusts, the SCS Trust and Swire 2765).

Our priority continues to be getting funding to where it is needed – to the UK’s most vulnerable. As well as supporting charities with whom we have established relationships, we have made significant grants to the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which we see as a sensible and powerful response in these challenging times.

The Swire Charitable Trust is now accepting online funding requests and, having paused meetings scheduled for April and May, our trustees meetings will resume at the end of June.

Smaller funding requests (less than £25,000) will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Those for more than £25,000 and received after 1 June will be tabled for discussion at our Quarterly Trustees Meeting at the beginning of October. If you are planning to submit a larger request, our best advice would be to wait until later in the summer, so that your application can reflect the most up-to-date delivery plans.

To our current grant holders:

We understand that many of you will be adapting the way you work, and this may make it difficult for you to deliver as planned or meet the projected outcomes of your grant. Please do keep us updated, we are happy to consider requests for the repurposing of our grants, but please could you seek our approval before doing this.

We refined our programmes in the Summer of 2019. Before you apply, please take a moment or two to better understand who we are, what we do and the details of our online application process.