Charles Hayward Foundation: Small Grant Programme

Charles Hayward Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to £7,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust making awards to charities that are registered in the U.K. The organisation is governed by a board of voluntary trustees, chaired by Mrs. Sue Heath.

Our small grant programme currently make grants in the following categories:  
  • Social & Criminal Justice
  • Older People

Social and Criminal Justice

We are looking to fund projects at a local and community level delivering an aspect or strands of the following sub-categories.

  • Targeted early intervention programmes aimed at reaching the most troubled and vulnerable families in a community.
  • Preventative and diversionary projects for young people at risk of offending including tailored interventions identifying and addressing the particular needs of girls and young women.
  • Programmes, particularly those with a focus on young offenders, combining prison based and community interventions dealing with rehabilitation of offenders, accommodation and support on release, helping with maintaining family relationships, mentoring, and mapping and creating pathways to employment.
  • Programmes of support directed towards rehabilitating the victims of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation.

Older People

In this category we wish to fund preventative and early intervention programmes being delivered locally which allow older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent.  We are particularly interested in seeking out programmes which show some creativity in improving the quality of life of older people.  

  • Programmes aiming to alleviate isolation and depression in older people, including informal day care or social, physical and recreational activities
  • Programmes which mainly use volunteers to give practical help, assistance and support for older people living in their own homes
  • Programmes addressing the emotional and practical needs of older carers
  • Programmes designed to meet the specific needs of people with dementia

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only UK registered charities with an income of less than £350,000 can apply.
  • The area of operation for our small grant programme is the British Isles.


  • Generally, when funding projects, we value projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach but we are also interested in supporting creative solutions to problems which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution.
  • We value projects that are preventative and provide early intervention. 
  • We favour projects that respond to a well researched and clear need, provide intervention based on evidence of what works, are able to demonstrate value for money and have a clear understanding of short-term effects and long-term impact of the intervention they propose.


  • Generally we do not fund the following:
    • General appeals
    • Running costs
    • Individuals
    • Grant making charities
    • Loan and deficits
    • Endowments
    • Retrospectively, i.e. costs already incurred prior to receiving a decision from the Foundation
  • Social and criminal justice: We do not fund:
    • Policy and research
    • Uniformed organisations
    • Short term interventions
    • Trips and youth volunteering
  • Older people: We do not fund:
    • Purchase of minibuses
    • Disability access
    • Older people’s projects that are restricted to one section of society
    • Organisations restricted to single medical conditions (excluding dementia)
    • Cost of refurbishment for community use