Donations &


The Foundation has a long history of supporting education in Sheffield, as you can see from our ‘History’ page. The Foundation as it stands today has its origins in 1604, when Thomas Smith made his generous bequest of thirty pounds a year to pay for two ‘sufficient learned men to teache and bringe up the young children’ of Sheffield.

The grants we make are modest, but they make a real difference. If you are interested in supporting our work, either because you, or someone you know, has benefitted from a grant from us in the past, or simply because you believe in the work we do, you might consider making a financial contribution to the Foundation.

We would be happy to receive donations, and Gift Aid may be available which will increase the value to us. You might also consider leaving a legacy to the Foundation in your Will.

If you are interested in making a donation or leaving a legacy, please do




Aims of the



The Foundation's income is applied in the following ways:

(a) in awarding beneficiaries scholarships bursaries or maintenance allowances tenable at any school, university or other place of learning approved by the Governors;

(b) in providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries on leaving school or university or any other educational establishment to prepare for or to assist their entry into a professional trade or calling;

(c) in awarding scholarships or maintenance allowances to enable beneficiaries to travel abroad to pursue their education;

(d) in providing or assisting in the provision of facilities of any kind not normally provided by the Local Education Authority for recreation, social and physical training including the provision of coaching in athletics, sport and games for beneficiaries who are receiving primary, secondary or further education;

(e) in providing financial assistance to enable beneficiaries to study music or other arts.

Beneficiaries means persons resident in the City of Sheffield who, in the opinion of the Governors, are in need of financial assistance.

Please note: Grants are awarded using the above aims but at the discretion of the Governors