The LFF is a fund that is entirely supported by voluntary donations which the Company can use to make a wide range of grants to charities. Each year the LFF supports two to four ‘nominated’ charities and makes a number of other donations, under the guidance of the Livery Committee and the charities’ trustees. It will typically support a nominated charity for up to three years, although each nomination is reviewed annually. The parameters are:
- Geographic. Preference is given to work taking place in or benefitting the people of the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Hackney and their environs, and, more occasionally, elsewhere in Greater London. Exceptionally, work which is national in scope may receive funding.
- Needy. Successful applications will typically address physical or sensory disability or mental illness; other health-related needs amongst the elderly or children; substance addiction; poverty related need including homelessness or educational disadvantage.
- Timed. Grants are made for between one and three years, and are not normally renewable without leaving a ‘fallow’ year. Multi-year grants may be conditional upon satisfactory annual reports. Applications for “seed” funding are particularly welcome.
- With outcome. Preference is given to funding discrete projects with defined outcomes. This does not however preclude revenue funding where such funding will similarly allow defined outcomes to be achieved.
The decisions taken by the Livery Committee reflect as faithfully as possible the views of the Membership whose ever increasing generosity they are charged with administering. It may be seen as a strong statement of intent, therefore, that in recent years they have chosen to nominate charities who are all closely concerned with delivering some sort of education, at a time when various other limbs of the Company are beginning to incline more strongly in that direction.
During the 2016/17 Mastership year, the Livery Committee are delighted to be supporting the following charities:
XLP, spent three years as one of the LFF’s nominated charities and after seeing the fantastic work, they were chosen as the Master’s charity by Mr Christopher Keville. XLP is Church of England based youth project that turns traditional, uninformed stereotypes of the Church of England well and truly on their head.
Founded in response to a school stabbing in 1996 by the dynamic Patrick Regan, who was awarded the OBE for his work in 2012, and supported by an equally dynamic team, the organisation works right in the heart of some of the most divided communities in Inner London, addressing diverse yet interrelated issues such as drug misuse, violence, poverty, prejudice, relationships and identity through media such as the arts, sports, mentoring and socialisation.