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W H Smith Community Grants Scheme

W H Smith's Community Grants scheme is funded by the 5p carrier bag levy and is available across the UK, with a preference for supporting community projects in areas where W H Smith has retail outlets. The W H Smith Group Charitable Trust is an independent registered charity (no. 1013782) based in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The Trust has the following charitable objectives:

  • Support local charities in communities across the UK; and
  • Promote literacy and a love of reading.

Grants of up to £500 are available to:o Registered or Exempt Charities;
Constituted voluntary organisations;
Community groups; and
Schools and pre-schools.There is no match funding requirement.A wide range of community projects can be funded.

Although W H Smith outlets can be found in many town centres, the W H Smith Group Charitable Trust allocated grants totalling just £128,589 (2014: £122,549) during the year ending 31 December 2015.

Previous awards have included:

Devizes Canoe Club;
Friends of Dorchester School;
Savernake Forest Scouts Group;
Wiltshire Air Ambulance;
Homestart; and
Reminiscence Learning, the multi-award winning dementia charity based in Wellington, Somerset.

The following are not eligible for a grant:

  • Party political organisations;
  • Religious organisations;
  • Military organisations;
  • Individuals;
  • Expeditions; or
  • Overseas travel.The application periods each year are :o 1 April to 30 September; and
  • 1 October to 31 March.

A short application form can be completed online on the Trust's website.


Contact details for the Trust are: W H Smith Trust
Greenbridge Road, Swindon, SN3 3LD
Tel: 01793 562824    Email:

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