The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, and also to promote literacy and a love of reading.

Through the WHSmith Community Grants, the Trust is offering up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the carrier bag levies across the UK.

Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

The following community groups may apply for WHSmith Community Grants:

  • Registered or Exempt Charities
  • Voluntary/Community Groups (constituted)
  • Schools and pre-schools

To apply for a Community Grant, fill out the application on the WHSmith website.

There are two annual application rounds: 1 October - 3 March, and 1 April - 30 September. At the end of each six month period, grant applications are reviewed and grants issued.