The WHSmith Group Charitable Trust

The WHSmith Group Charitable Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to support local charities in communities across the UK, and additionally to promote literacy and a love of reading.  Small grants are available for charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

Maximum value of grants: £ 500

Application deadline: 31/03/2019

Objectives of Fund

Funding for the scheme has been generated from the introduction of compulsory single-use carrier bag levies by the Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and English governments. The Trust repurposes the proceeds from the compulsory carrier bag levies to charitable causes that support the community.

Grants are made subject to there being available funding.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from the following:

  • Registered or Exempt Charities.

  • Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups.

  • Schools and pre-schools.

  • Applicants can be from anywhere in the UK.


The following are not eligible for support:

  • Party political organisations.

  • Religious organisations.

  • Military organisations.

  • Individuals.

  • Expeditions or overseas travel.

 How To Apply

There are two annual application rounds: 1 October to 31 March, and 1 April to 30 September. At the end of each six month period grant applications will be reviewed and grants issued.

Application forms can be filled out online at the Trust website