Heritage and the Arts

We are about to embark on a strategic review of the Company’s grant making. As such, Tuesday 28th March 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.

Our Heritage & Arts programme aims to preserve and promote the cultural and artistic heritage of the UK. Grants are made in a variety of fields under these two headings:



Our Heritage programme includes:

Material or fabric conservation and refurbishment:

  • Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings, with regular public access (excluding churches)
  • Works of significant art and artefacts
  • Projects to provide a protective environment for important artefacts

Although we do not support the restoration or conservation of churches, support may be given for an exceptional work of art or artefact connected to a church. This excludes appeals relating to church organs.

Library and Archive conservation:

  • Protection and restoration of rare and historic manuscripts and archives
  • Conservation training projects (and occasionally a conservation fellowship)
  • Cataloguing and digitising projects which increases accessibility to archives
  • Publication of research where there is a link to the Mercers’ Company

Wildlife/Environment conservation (protection and research):

  • UK Endangered species
  • Flora and fauna and their habitat
  • Historic gardens and open spaces, with regular public access
  • Marine and inland waterways conservation around the coast of Great Britain

Applications within the Heritage category are considered from all parts of the UK.


The Arts:

Young Professional Artists:

  • Supporting young professional artists at the start of their careers

This includes, but is not limited to, Theatre performers, playwrights, directors; Musicians, opera singers, composers; Dancers, choreographers.

Applications within the Arts category are considered from London. Occasionally we support national organisations that are centres of excellence. Applications that support artists between the ages of 18-30 years will be given priority.


We Do Not Fund:

  • Visitor and education centres
  • Churches (unless there is a Mercer connection; see church patronage)
  • Grade II listed buildings
  • Acquisition of land and buildings; or
  • Organisations that have made an application within the last three years
  • Festivals


Dates of Meetings:

Our Heritage and Arts application deadlines are 6 weeks before each committee meeting:

  • Tuesday 28th March2017 (for committee meeting on Tuesday 9 May 2017)

No further meetings of the Heritage and Arts 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 6 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.