APPLICATIONS FALLING WITHIN THE OBJECTS OF THE CONSOLIDATED CHARITIES FOR THE INFIRM (addressing Disability; Health in Old Age and more generally; and Substance Misuse) WILL STILL BE CONSIDERED.
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Two of our Charitable Trusts are responsible for the operation of almshouse accomodation for elderly people, at two historic sites in the London Borough of Lewisham. In Lewisham, the Company works in partnership with the Ranyard Memorial Charitable Trust to facilitate a process of “seamless care” - by providing ongoing financial support to residents of our Almshouses who have come to need a greater level of care as they have grown older. A 51-bed nursing and residential care home, known as Dowe House, was provided by the Company and is operated on this basis. Nearby, a state of the art 48-bed nursing home known as Mulberry House is also operated by the Ranyard Trust.
As part of our long-standing commitment to the Lewisham area, we have also worked since 1998 with the Greenwich and Lewisham branch of ‘Crossroads’ to provide “The Merchant Taylors’ Company Self-Referral Service for Carers” – enabling full-time carers to have some well-earned time off.
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 designated charitable organisations of the membership’s choosing, which are selected through the Livery Committee.
The grant-making trusts for which the Company nominates Trustees and provides management services include the following (their charity commission registration numbers are given in brackets):
· The Company’s Charities Fund - CCF, incorporating the Livery and Freemen Fund (1069124);
· The Consolidated Charities for the Infirm - CCI (214266);
· The Consolidated Charities for the Poor – CCP (214267)
Grants are restricted to charitable organisations operating within our defined areas of interest. Individuals may only apply for grant if they can demonstrate a connection with the either Company, its family of schools, or its Almshouses.
Grant-making from CCF is restricted at present to charities nominated by the Livery Committee. Funding is generally awarded from CCI and CCP to smaller charitable organisations, where such grants can have a clearly demonstrable impact. As a rule, grants are made for ‘project’ work and not in response to general appeals or for ‘revenue’ funding. There is a geographical preference for Inner London – particularly the London Borough of Lewisham and Boroughs to the east and south-east of the City.
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 reducing amounts given in years 2 and 3.For an indication of the sort of work which is supported through CCI and CCP, please refer to our guidelines - to which a link is provided at the top of the page.
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