The Merchant Taylors’ Company does charitable work through:

  • Providing the trustees for and administering ‘Merchant Taylor’ grant-making charities
  • Providing the trustees for and administering ‘Merchant Taylor’ educational charities
  • Making Company grants to a number of organisations with whom the Company has a longstanding relationship
  • Supporting the charity nominated by that year’s Master Merchant Taylor (‘the Master’s Charity’)
  • Providing almshouse accommodation in Lewisham.

The Merchant Taylors’ Company also provides a charity administration service and other benefits to independent grant-making charities, such as the Dudley and Geoffrey Cox Charitable Trust.

The Livery and Freemen Fund is the way for Company members to make regular donations to the Company’s charitable work.

‘Merchant Taylor’ grant-making charities

Over time the Company has become responsible for administering a number of grant-making charities for which the Company now provides all the trustees.

These include the following charities which accept unsolicited applications for funding:

The Company’s other major grant-making charities, which receive applications by invitation only, are:

  • Merchant Taylors’ Company Charities Fund
  • Merchant Taylors’ Consolidated Charities for the Poor.


How Company Members and Apprentices can get involved

Company Members are encouraged to donate to the Livery and Freemen Fund, which supports up to four charities per year selected by the Livery Committee from members’ nominations. To make a donation, please log in to the Members’ portal at the top of this page.

Company Apprentices, Freemen and Liverymen are very welcome to become part of the Charity Visits Scheme, which is part of our due diligence on charities which apply to our grant-making trusts for funding.

Freemen and Liverymen are also welcome to join our Charity Ideas scheme, which is about helping grassroots charities test their thinking on strategic issues.