Small Grants programme creates impact for small charities

Now in its third year the Company’s Small Grants programme benefits some of the smallest charities working in our geographical areas. 

Images, from top: Lewisham Youth Theatre; You Glow

A small grant of £3,000 can have a big impact for small organisations. 

Since 2020 the Company has rationalised its small grants programme and now seeks to provide targeted support for small charities operating in specific Focus Areas and Geographies (that correspond with our schools and churches). Forty-five small grants have been awarded in that time, totalling £100,000.

These grants include core funding, which is so vital for many, for the essential running of their organisations. 

One small grant awardee, Street Storage, is clear about the impact of a Haberdashers’ small grant on their work. Rachel Woolf, Founder Director, says, ‘We so value your willingness to fund what we need as a charity and not what you think we need – as is the case with so many others. You have listened to our needs and adapted your generosity to match this. We couldn’t have grown so much without your support.’

'Haberdashers is one of the most flexible and supportive funders we have ever worked with.’
Rachel Woolf, Street Storage Founder Director 

Seventeen small organisations have been awarded small grants in 2022. These range from charities meeting the needs of isolated, older communities to those that support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (see opposite).

Each small organisation was selected on the basis of their ability to deliver something meaningful and impactful for their community. They are deliberately chosen within certain geographical boundaries in order to enhance and add value to the communities surrounding our schools and churches.

‘Street Doctors really appreciates local funding. It lets us try different approaches to reach young people who are outside school and training programmes, like working within residential estates or with mentorship programmes’. 
Street Doctors, Small Grant awardee 2021 and 2022.  

The upcoming 2023 Small Grants programme will allocate a total of £50,000 to small charities operating in our geographical areas. 

Images, from top: Primary Shakespeare Company; Just Older Youth enjoyed their Jubilee Tea Dance at the Hall