The Trust realise that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the UK voluntary sector and their aim is to direct grants to where they are needed most.
They now have a dedicated £1 million Covid-19 recovery Programme. This gives grants to charities who are providing a critical response to the crisis or are facing severe short-term funding pressures.
he Trust has three themes for grant giving:
Opportunity: Improving life chances, realising potential
Supporting charities that are directly addressing the challenges faced by the most marginalised and disadvantaged, supporting them to make the most of their talents and boost long-term outcomes.
They specifically focus on organisations working with:
Environment: Connecting people to the environment
Funding charities that inspire and motivate individuals and communities to enhance our natural and built environment and help guide those who wish to live more sustainably.
Heritage: Regeneration through restoration
They are keen to fund projects that have legitimacy from a heritage perspective as well as the potential to deliver meaningful social and economic benefits to deprived communities or disadvantaged people. They favour grass-roots organisations that strongly engage with their local communities.
Swire also fund charities that are working hard to protect and cultivate the skills and knowledge underpinning the UK’s heritage sector.