The Merchant Taylor’s Company manages a number of grant-making Trusts for which – over time – it has become responsible.
The Company’s charitable activities are primarily directed towards:
• Grant making for the relief of poverty, disadvantage and homelessness
• the provision of assistance to those who are elderly and infirm, and to support people with disabilities, through its almshouses in Lewisham;
• And education, with an emphasis on its own associated schools
While the Merchant Taylors’ Company is not itself a charity, Members of the Livery and Freemen of the Company are encouraged to donate to the Livery and Freemen Fund. In each Mastership, which lasts for one year, members provide financial support to the charity chosen by the Master, as well as up to four other nominated charitable organisations of the membership’s choosing, which are selected through the Livery Committee.
Grant-making from Company Charities Fund (Reg Charity: 1069124) is restricted at present to up to four charities nominated each year by the Livery Committee. If you are a Member of the Company and would like to donate to the Livery & Freeman Fund (LFF) please log in to the member portal above.
You can find out more about the current nominated charities here.
The Company has an established tradition of support to the following organisations:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
St Savior’s & St Olave’s School Southwark
The Sheriffs’ & Recorders Fund
Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral
Grant-making Trusts (Internal Charities)
The Company nominates Trustees and provides management services for the following grant-making trusts:
• The Consolidated Charities for the Infirm – CCI (Reg Charity: 214266);
• The Consolidated Charities for the Poor – CCP (Reg Charity: 214267);
What We fund
Funding is generally awarded from CCI and CCP to other, small, charitable organisations, and where such grants can have a clearly demonstrable impact. There is also a geographical preference for Inner London – particularly the London Borough of Lewisham and Boroughs to the east and south-east of the City – but this is not exclusive.
Potential recipients must demonstrate that they will not be wholly dependent on funding from the Company’s Trusts, and, to that end, are positively encouraged to reference the Company’s support insofar as it may help them to acquire match-funding or other additional financial support. Any multi-year grants that are made are for a maximum of three years and will tend to be tapered (with reduced amounts given in years 2 and 3).
Applicants can read our guidelines on the Company’s grant-making trusts here.