During the current Coronavirus emergency, the Trustees recognise that it may not be possible for recipient charities to use a grant for the purpose it has been provided. It will therefore be acceptable to the Trustees for recipient charities to use funding to deliver services via alternative means, such as telephone rather than face to face counselling.
If the recipient charity is suspending its services until the emergency has passed, it should hold the funds intended for a particular purpose until it reopens. If, after that time, it is not possible to use the funds for the purpose originally agreed, then the recipient charity should contact the Trust for further instructions.
The Trustees of The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust seek to achieve their aims by making grants to charities working in the fields they wish to target.
Grants are made in three main areas:
The criteria of the Mount Fund has changed.
Applications made after 1st January 2020 will be assessed based on the new criteria. No further applications will be accepted under the old criteria.
This is the main funding programme. Applications under this heading are considered three times a year in March, July and November under the following priority areas:
- Mental Health
- Health in the Community (this category was revised - June 2020. Please see further details at 'How to Apply to the Mount Fund')
See the How to Apply to the Mount Fund page for the specific criteria for each of these categories.
The next meeting of the Trustees is due to take place on the 20th November 2020. The Trustees are now accepting applications for this meeting.
The Mrs Smith Fund is distributed by way of block grants to registered charities working with individuals the Trustees aim to assist. The grants are then distributed by the recipients in the form of small hardship grants to individuals in need in accordance with the criteria of the Mrs Smith Fund.