How to Apply for Funding
Before making an application, please read the Guidelines and information about the Process for Applying, as outlined below. You should only submit an application if your work falls within our priorities. Applications may be made using the form on our website. The form cannot be submitted on-line, or sent by email. It must be printed and posted.
Guidelines for Applicants
The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973 with funds from The Worshipful Company of Weavers, which is the oldest City of London Livery Company and has a history dating back before 1130 AD.
The Benevolent Fund is the Charity through which the Company directs its main charitable giving and the Charitable Grants Committee apply the income to support work in the following areas of interest.
- Young Offenders
- Prisoners and Ex-prisoners
- Young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement
We are especially interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Company will consider funding up to £15,000 per annum and will normally award a grant for one year only. To make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not normally fund large organisations.
Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.
We receive a great many appeals each year and the most common reasons for the Trustees not being able to make a grant include:
- applications not falling within our guidelines;
- charities asking for more than the grant figures given in the guidelines;
- application forms not being correctly completed.
1. Supporting offenders and ex-offenders
Many offenders and ex-offenders suffer from a variety of difficult and complex problems and they are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. We will fund work that addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families, and provide them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society.
2. Helping disadvantaged young people
The Trustees are keen to support projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. We normally define young people as being aged from 5 to 30 years.
What will we fund?
- Size of organisation. Though income is not a barrier to an application being considered, the Committee's preference is to support small organisations. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. For those working in larger cities and/or across the UK, income should not be more than £250,000.
- Funding Limit. Grants of up to £15,000 per annum may be awarded, but smaller applications are also welcomed.
- Duration of funding. Grants are normally awarded for one year only. The Company can however exceptionally consider applications for multi-year funding, up to three years.
- Pump-priming. We particularly welcome applications for pump-priming grants from small community-based organisations where our grant would form a major element of the funding.
- Project funding. We prefer to support projects where our grant will be used for an identified purpose.
- Associated Costs. If you are applying for project funding, you should make sure you have included the cost of any overheads associated with the work, such as office/secretarial support, so that the project is not under-funded. It is in your best interest to ensure that you have realistically assessed the cost of the project.
- Core costs. We will consider applications for core funding for new projects, such as general administration and training that enable an organisation to develop and maintain expertise. Only those organisations whose main purpose fits within our area of interest are eligible to apply.
- Innovative or pioneering work. We like to encourage new ideas and to fund projects that could inspire similar work in other areas of the country.
- Continuation funding. We may consider providing ongoing funding for successful projects which have proved their worth.
- Emergency or deficit funding. In exceptional circumstances, we may provide emergency or deficit funding for an established organisation. Applicants most likely to be granted emergency funding are charities which the Company knows or has previously supported.
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