The Drapers' Charitable Fund
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 aspirations of people and communities, particularly those disadvantaged or socially excluded through the award of grants in the fields of education and social welfare, focusing in Greater London where the Company has its historical roots.
Through support for the Company’s affiliated educational establishments it promotes high quality educational and vocational opportunities at all levels of education and within the community, and encourages aspiration and achievement among young people.
The Fund continues to promote the Company’s textile heritage and maintains its traditional support for the City of London and its historical connections in Northern Ireland.
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 £3.6 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.
Social Welfare
Programmes in Greater London which break the cycle of homelessness or support those who are vulnerably housed or otherwise at risk of homelessness including:
  • support to enable people to gain or maintain stable accommodation;
  • enabling people to develop the skills to live independently and/or move towards employment or training;
  • Day Centres offering shelter and basic services.
  • projects should aim to improve the employability opportunities for offenders or ex-offenders; or
  • support rehabilitation, particularly through the provision of education and training opportunities; or
  • re-build family relationships or provide support services to prisoners’ families.
  • Projects can be delivered in prisons, through-the-gate or to ex-offenders in the community.
Ex-Service men and women
  • projects should support or aid the rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick ex-services personnel, particularly into training or employment; or
  • improve the welfare, health and wellbeing of ex-service men and women in need.
The provision of support services to the following beneficiaries in situations of high deprivation in Greater London:
  • older people eg befriending services, day centre services, or projects helping beneficiaries to continue to live independently in their own homes;
  • supporting people to overcome hardship eg food redistribution services and projects addressing food poverty, debt advice, support to help people remain in their homes;
  • community or family support services eg, community centres, befriending/advice services to develop positive family relationships.
  • projects should provide support and improve the quality of life for adults with sensory impairment, mental health support needs or learning disabilities.

Young People and Education
Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people in Greater London including:
  • support NEET young people into education, training or sustainable employment; or
  • support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to increase their academic attainment, particularly in literacy and numeracy, or to continue or further their education; or
  • improve the self-confidence, employability or life skills of disadvantaged young people to deliver a demonstrable impact on their progression into education, training or employment; or
  • improve the mental health, resilience, self-esteem and engagement of young people; or
  • support young carers eg education projects and respite services.
Textiles and Heritage
  • textile conservation projects particularly the conservation, display and public access of textiles of national importance;
  • projects which develop textile-related skills and innovations; the support of young people's entrance into and success within the industry;
  • 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 2019.

Drapers' Coat of Arms

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