We are about to embark on a strategic review of the Company’s grant making. As such, Tuesday 28th February 2017 will be the last deadline under the current grant programme and we will not be accepting applications during the strategy development process. We look forward to launching our new programmes in Autumn 2017 and encourage you to check the website then for more details.
The Mercers’ Company supports inclusive grassroots and front-line charities that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people within the M25. Currently we support four areas of work. These are:
- Supporting and strengthening families by helping to improve parenting skills and develop more resilient children and young people
Supporting children and young people through important transitions such as: leaving school, leaving care, entering and sustaining employment
Promoting the development of children and young people outside formal education
Preparing young people for adult life by offering positive activities that enable them to reach their full potential
Care for the Elderly:
Providing care and support for older people, particularly the frail and isolated
Improving health outcomes and quality of life for older people
Addressing the challenge of isolation and loneliness in old age
Encouraging older people to remain active and engaged within society
Whittington Donations for Elderly Individuals
We also offer direct financial support to elderly individuals in limited financial circumstances through our Whittington Donations.
Learning and Physical disabilities
Help for those with learning and/or physical disabilities
Supporting the carers and families of those with learning and/or physical disabilities
We do not fund:
Medical charities and medical research
Uniformed groups unless there is a Mercers’ Company link
Mother tongue classes (non-English)
Organisations that have made an application in the last three years
Geographical restrictions: within the M25, with a preference for London
Do we fund salary costs? Yes
Do we fund core costs? Yes
Do we provide multi-year grants? Yes
Do we support building projects? Very rarely and generally not major capital appeals
What is the average size of grant?
If organisations with a turnover under £75,000 p/a: between £2,000 and £5,000
For larger organisations: grants are typically between £12,000 and £25,000 per-annum
What size of organisation do we support?
London organisations: annual income up to c£1.5m
National organisations applying for London based work: annual income up to c£3m
Dates of Meetings
Our General Welfare application deadlines are 8 weeks before each committee meeting:
Tuesday 28th February 2017 (for committee meeting on 25 April)
No further meetings of the General Welfare Committee are scheduled as we are about to undergo a strategic review of the Company’s entire grant making.
You are encouraged to submit your application as far in advance of the 8 week deadline as possible, to allow us the time to arrange assessment visits where appropriate.
Further Information and How to Apply
Our application form, details on the supporting documents we request and further information of our processes can be found here.