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Shoosmiths Foundation

The Shoosmiths Foundation is a grant making body working to help address societal issues, to empower sustainable change and to improve the lives of the people and the environment in the UK.

The deadline for funding applications has now passed and we will update the web page when the next opportunity for funding applications is announced.

Key criteria

£5,000 to £50,000 grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking work in the UK.

Funding is at the discretion of the Shoosmiths Foundation Grants Committee.

The Foundation builds on Shoosmiths’ existing community investment programme which continues to support local charity partners through staff fundraising and firm donations, staff volunteering and provision of legal advice pro bono.

UK registered charities may apply.

Eligible expenditure

The Shoosmiths Foundation offers grants in the following categories to:

  • advance social mobility in the legal sector, and across the UK, in line with the Shoosmiths social mobility action plan. Particular focus on charitable organisations which share our belief that ‘talent can come from anywhere’, and which align their interventions with local socio-economic analysis and need;
  • advance a carbon net zero UK; and
  • advance access to justice in the UK.

N.B. Applications for this round must relate to the social mobility aim which is the Shoosmiths Foundation’s grant giving priority for 2021.


Please refer to the Shoosmiths Community Investment Policy for exclusions. See here.

Funding is not available for individuals.

Applications are restricted to one application per charity.

Applications must relate to a specific project.

Applications are not permitted for unrestricted funding requests.

Application procedure

Applications may be made when publicised by Shoosmiths and are considered on a quarterly basis.

Contact [email protected] for further information. 

Get in touch

If you would like to learn more about the Shoosmiths Foundation, or have any queries, please contact us.