The Small Grants Programme


Support for Charitable Organisations:

The 2023 Small Grants Programme is due to open next January. Please visit the applications page of our website in December 2022 for more information.

The Programme is intended for small charities for whom up to £3,000 in funding would make a significant contribution to a project. Last year a significant number of award holders had an annual income of £500,000 or less. 

Charities who have previously been awarded a grant from the Small Grants Programme are eligible to apply in 2022.

Grants of up to £3,000 and under are available from the Haberdashers’ Benevolent Foundation for charities whose work meets one or more of the Focus Areas and whose work benefits those within any of the geographic areas outlined below.


Small Grants Eligibility Criteria:

Charities with an income of c£1m or less are encouraged to apply for the Small Grants’ programme. Larger organisations may apply but preference is likely to be given to small or micro charities. 


Focus Area Eligibility Requirements:

  • UK Registered Charities helping the unemployed, the homeless, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending to find jobs or improve their education or skills and to find more stable accommodation.

  • UK Registered Charities helping excluded, disadvantaged or at risk young people to address their challenges.

  • UK Registered Charities supporting the elderly, disabled or chronically sick (and their carers) in combating loneliness and social isolation.

Geographic Locations Eligibility Requirements:

Only UK Registered Charities whose beneficiaries are mainly located in any of these areas will be eligible to apply.

  • The City of London

  • The London Borough of Bexley

  • The London Borough of Hackney

  • The London Borough of Lewisham

  • The London Borough of Southwark

  • The Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire

  • The Forest of Dean District

  • The town of Chertsey in Surrey

  • The village of Albrighton, Shropshire (and surrounding areas)

  • The town of Wigston, Leicestershire (and surrounding areas)

  • The village of Bunbury, Cheshire (and surrounding areas)

All applications must meet the eligibility requirements relating to both the Focus Areas and geographic locations above.  Eligible projects with a link to textiles or fashion are particularly encouraged.

Please note that unfortunately, we cannot fund the following areas:

  • Charities working overseas

  • Animal welfare charities

  • Hospices

  • Campaigning

  • Charities making grants to other organisations or individuals

  • Medical charities

  • Building restoration or other conservation work


Support  for Individuals

Thomas Arno Fund grants from the Haberdashers’ Education Foundation (HEF) are only available for pupils or former pupils of Haberdasher Schools. Pupils should contact their Head of Sixth Form / Year 13 to apply for a grant.