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.

Update – January 2021

We realise that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the UK voluntary sector and our aim is to direct our grants to where they are needed most. The Swire Charitable Trust’s three funding programmes are prioritising UK charities that are well positioned to meet current challenges. In addition, we continue to fund several Covid-19 specific initiatives, including the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which we saw as a sensible and powerful response to the crisis.

Our Opportunity, Environment and Heritage programmes are currently accepting online funding requests as normal. Charities applying for less than £25,000 will have their applications considered at Monthly Trustees Meetings. Larger requests (£25,000 or more) are discussed at Quarterly Trustees Meetings, usually held in January, April, July and October. 

We also understand that the pandemic is affecting many vitally important UK charities, not just those who are eligible for our three stated programmes. If your charity provides a unique response to the crisis or is facing severe short-term funding pressures, we may be able to offer a discretionary grant from the Swire Charitable Trust or one of the Swire family charitable trusts. Please see Apply for Funding for more information.

Our team is currently working remotely and we are not able to access post, so the best way to contact us is by email, either to your usual contact directly, or to info@nullscts.org.uk.

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.