Improving Lives in London

Our proactive funding establishes long-lasting funding relationships with groups that are well-placed to make a significant impact in Southwark or Lewisham. It is not possible to apply for funding for this stream. For details of our current Proactive relationships, see the MTF Review.

Our Small Grants Scheme is for community-based charities operating exclusively in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets

Any charity applying to the Small Grants Scheme needs to work with people who are in need due to age, ill health, disability, financial hardship, or some other form of disadvantage. For details of charities which received Small Grants last year, see the MTF Review. Please do not apply if you do not meet our detailed eligibility criteria (available here).

The Small Grants Scheme Application window is now open until 29 February 2024

Merchant Taylors’ Foundation Small Grants Scheme Checklist

Please complete the list below and read our detailed eligibility criteria to see if you are able to apply to the Small Grants Scheme. If you do not meet the detailed criteria, please do not apply. If you have any difficulties with the below form, please contact charities@merchant-taylors.co.uk

Please do not apply if your organisation does not meet our detailed eligibility criteria. We have to reject any applications not complying with the previously linked eligibility criteria.

Improving Lives Across the Country

Currently, the majority of our education-related grants are made proactively to the schools and educational institutions with which the Company is linked and we are not therefore accepting funding enquiries or applications for them. 

However, if you are seeking funding for a programme with an educational aspect, please check whether you are eligible to apply instead under our Small Grants Scheme for improving lives in London (above).

Additionally, we have just launched an Early Years Grants Programme collaboratively with the Leathersellers’ Foundation to fund early years education projects in the London Borough of Lewisham. Please see the Early Years Grants Programme page on the Leathersellers’ Company website for more information and details of how to apply.

Early Years Grants Programme graphic

Merchant Taylors in Need

The Foundation also provides limited financial help in appropriate cases to:

  • 'Poor Freemen of the Merchant Taylors' Company'
  • 'Poor dependants or poor apprentices of Freemen of the Merchant Taylors' Company'

We only have capacity to provide help on a modest financial scale, for example the cost of replacing broken white goods in an emergency for someone who meets the above criteria and is unable to pay for the items due to financial hardship.

Unfortunately we don’t have the financial or staffing resources to provide one-off financial help on a large scale, or to help with longer term or potentially open-ended financial commitments such as:

  • Paying school fees to enable a child to continue in their current school
  • Subsidising the cost of private sector rental accommodation.

Our staff team is small so unfortunately we aren’t able to provide staff help in kind, for example to find new accommodation or to arrange a nursing home place or a care package.

Please contact us here, with a brief explanation of your circumstances including your connection to Merchant Taylors’ Company. 


You can find more about the Foundation here.

Young woman kisses the forehead of a support worker at Resources for Autism
Resources For Autism

See the MTF Review for details of the Foundation’s impact and funding examples.