Grant Applications

The Haberdashers’ Company was founded in the 14th Century and is one of the `Great Twelve’ Livery Companies of the City of London.

Besides being closely involved with its eleven schools, it has a strong tradition of support for charitable causes.

Support for Individuals

Eligibility:

Grants from the Haberdashers’ Education Foundation are only available for pupils or former pupils of Haberdasher Schools.

Assistance from the Haberdashers’ Benevolent Foundation is only available to Freemen of the Company, their widows or children, who are in need, hardship or distress and who are resident in the UK.

Applications:

For further information please contact your school (or former school) if you are a pupil or former pupil of a Haberdasher School, or contact grants@haberdashers.co.uk 

Support for charitable organisations

Geographic eligibility:

Grants can only be made to UK Registered charities, working in the UK.

Local charities and projects are supported if they are in or very close to the City of London, or in an area where the Company has strong connections, such as near its schools or Church patronages.  Apart from these, only national charities are normally supported.

Focus Areas:

A consolidation of many historic trusts in June 2002 resulted in three main grant-making Foundations. The full objects of these Foundations have not been shown, but rather the areas on which the Company is concentrating its help. The Company can only consider applications from charities whose remit or projects fit with one or more of the current focus areas:

  • Charities helping unemployed and homeless people and offenders/ex-offenders* and those at risk of offending, to find jobs or improve their education or skills and to find more stable accommodation.
  • Charities helping excluded youth and young people who are disadvantaged or “at risk” of becoming offenders to address their problems and become integrated with society as useful citizens.
  • Charities supporting the elderly, disabled or chronically sick and their carers, particularly in combating loneliness and social isolation.
  • Charities providing employment training and placement for disabled people.
  • Charities helping young people start their own businesses.
  • Charities aiming at the personal development of young people and encouraging the principles of good citizenship amongst them.
  • Charities that help the Company maintain a link with its original roots.
  • Charities with which the Company has a long standing and historical relationship.
  • Support for educational work in arts charities
  • Support for charities working with offenders/ex-offenders* in promoting education and training.

*Charities working with offenders/ex-offenders: Due to the volume of applications that are being received for this sector we are not currently accepting applications from organisations that we do not already have an existing relationship with. If you are unsure of your status please contact the grants administrator at grants@haberdashers.co.uk 

Unfortunately we do not fund the following:

  • Charities working overseas
  • Animal welfare charities
  • Medical charities
  • Campaigning
  • Charities which make grants to other organisations or individuals
  • Environmental Charities
  • Building restoration or other conservation work
  • Armed Forces Charities: With the exception of our Company affiliations and a number of organisations that the Haberdashers' Company already has existing relationships with, we do not fund Armed Forces Charities.

Please be aware that as with any grant application process, even if your application falls within both the Focus Areas of our support and meets the eligibility criteria, approval to fund is at the discretion of the Charities Committee. 

Haberdashers’ Company charitable funding is further restricted by annual budgets and consideration of funding already pledged for certain sectors. The decision to fund an application is at the discretion of the Chairman (small grants applications) or the Charities Committee (large grants applications).  

Applications:

A small grants programme for grants in the £500 to £2,000 range.  Applications may be submitted at any time either by e-mail to grants@haberdashers.co.uk or in writing to the Director of Charities, The Haberdashers’ Company, 18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ. 

This programme is generally for smaller charities or for larger charities seeking funding for small projects, for which funding of up to £2,000 would make a significant positive difference to the charity or the project.

Most grants are “one-off” in nature, with no commitment for future support. Requests may not repeated for at least three years after the last request. 

To apply: please provide an up to date brief summary of the charity’s aims and activities and details of the project for which funding is being sought. Budget/income and expenditure information should be included. In addition, where possible, please include a copy of the applicant charity’s latest annual report and accounts.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the funding decision within five weeks of the application being received.  

A large grants programme for grants for over £2,000. Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered by the Charities Committee at its four meetings each year. These are usually held in January, April, July and October. 

This programme is generally for larger or national charities.

We do not publish submission deadlines for the Charities Committee meetings because in practice, once an application has been received, we may need to contact you with follow up queries and in some cases request a visit to see the charity’s work prior to your application being presented to the one of the Charities Committee meetings. Once this process is complete, we will ensure that you are aware of the date of the Charities Committee meeting that will be considering your application.   

To apply: please provide the following documentation, noting the format requirements as they differ from the small grants programme.

1) An up-to-date summary of the charity’s aims and activities and (if relevant) details of the project for which funding is being sought. Budget/income and expenditure information should also be included. The application should be no longer than three pages and please do not include photographs or case studies in the application. The format for this part of the application must be an editable electronic format i.e. Microsoft Word.

2) A copy of the applicant charity’s latest annual report and accounts. The format for this part of the application can be any printable format, such as a PDF.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the funding decision within one week of the relevant Charities Committee meeting. 

Enquiries and applications should be addressed to:-

The Grants Administrator
The Haberdashers’ Company
Haberdashers’ Hall
18 West Smithfield
London, EC1A 9HQ
E-mail: grants@haberdashers.co.uk