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 – September 2020

We realise that the Covid-19 outbreak is having a profound impact on UK charities. Our priority continues to be to direct our funding to where it is most needed.

As well as continuing to support UK charities through our Opportunity, Environment and Heritage programmes, we, alongside the Swire family charitable trusts, have made a significant grant to the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which we saw as a sensible and powerful response to the pandemic.

The Swire Charitable Trust is currently accepting online funding requests as normal and we are prioritising charities that are well positioned to meet current challenges. Smaller requests (less than £25,000) are reviewed on a monthly basis, with larger requests (more than £25,000) considered quarterly.

Our next Quarterly Trustees Meeting is on 6 October and the deadline for applications was 14 September. Any large grant applications received after this date will be allocated to our meeting in January. 

Most of our team is working remotely, 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.