The Swire Charitable Trust is an independent UK grant making trust. Since 1975 we have been supporting 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.

The Swire Charitable Trust’s core programmes –  Opportunity, Environment and Heritage – are open to applications on a rolling basis, with no deadlines. We prioritise UK charities that are well positioned to meet current challenges, and aim to direct our grants to where they are needed most.

From 2020 to 2022 we ran a dedicated COVID-19 Recovery Programme alongside our main funding programmes, offering one year grants under £25,000. This programme awarded grants totalling £1,494,253 to charities providing a critical response to the pandemic or those facing particular funding pressures as a result. This programme has now closed. 

The Swire charitable trusts team is currently working a mix of remotely and in our office, which means that we may not always be able to access our post/voicemails immediately, 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 still 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.

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.