The Charity is governed by a Trust Deed dated 23 July 1959 and a Charity Commission Scheme dated
18 November 1996 as amended by a Supplemental Trust Deed dated 21 May 2013. The bulk of the Charity’s capital was donated by the Drapers’ Company in two tranches in 1959 and 1965. Further donations have been made by the Company in recent years.
Objectives and activities
The objects of the Charity are wide ranging being such purposes and objects which are charitable at law, as the Trustee determines.
The charity aims to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities, especially those disadvantaged or socially excluded, through the award of grants in the fields of education and social welfare, particularly in Greater London where the Company has its historical roots. The Company also promotes its textile heritage through support for textile conservation, and maintains its traditional support for the City of London, Northern Ireland, and heritage.
The award of grants and the implementation of the grant making policy is carried out by the Charities Committee whose membership is drawn from members of the Company. Each year grants totalling some £1.6 million are awarded in meeting the charitable objectives.
The wide-ranging aims and objectives are achieved by making grants in three broad areas.
• Education and Young People
• Social Welfare
• Textiles and Heritage
Please read the guidelines for applicants before submitting an application.
i) support programmes aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness or assisting those at risk of homelessness
ii) projects should be based in deprived areas of Greater London
iii) projects solely offering temporary outdoor relief will not be funded
i) projects should aim to improve the employability opportunities for offenders or ex-offenders; or
ii) reduce reoffending through rehabilitation services; or
iii) provide support services to prisoners’ families
• Ex-Service men and women
i) projects should support or aid the rehabilitation of, injured or incapacitated ex-services personnel, particularly into training or employment; or
ii) Improve the welfare of ex-service men and women, particularly those disadvantaged by need, hardship or distress
The provision of support services to the following beneficiaries in areas of high deprivation:
i) older people e.g. befriending services and day centre services
ii) carers, particularly young carers eg advice & support, education projects, respite services for carers and those cared for;
iii) community or family support services e.g. debt advice, food redistribution projects, community centres, befriending/advice services, furniture recycling services.
i) projects should provide support and improve the quality of life for adults with less visible disabilities such as sensory impairment, mental health and learning disabilities
ii) priority will be given to charities which operate nationally or regionally rather than locally;
iii)charities addressing children's disabilities, physical disabilities or medical conditions will not be funded
Education and Young People
Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old particularly in deprived areas of Greater London, including the following:
i) projects which assist NEET young people into education, employment or training; or
ii) assist young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue or further their education; or
iii) improve the self confidence, employability, social and life skills of disadvantaged young people.
Textiles and Heritage
i) textile conservation projects particularly the conservation, display and public access of textiles of national importance;
ii) support for projects within the textiles industry, particularly the promotion of new design; the conservation of textile and fashion heritage; the encouragement of manufacturing skills and the support of young people’s entrance into and success within the industry;
iii) preservation of the nation’s heritage through support of museums, memorials and monuments related to former exploits of the armed forces, the history of London or the textile trade.
How to Apply
Please click here for details of how to apply to the Drapers' Charitable Fund.
Annual Report and Accounts
Please click here to download a copy of the Trustee's Report Statement for the Drapers' Charitable Fund for the year ended 31 July 2013.