Charity Guidelines

Please read our guidelines carefully before continuing with your application.

Charitable Objects: The Company Charity’s objects are as follows:

  1. The relief of poverty in the Greater London Area, including the relief of poor members of the Goldsmiths’ Company and poor members of the goldsmiths’ trade;
  2. The advancement of education;
  3. Any other charitable purposes.

Please note that we have recently updated our guidelines and as such, charities and applications which may have previously been considered may now be outside the scope of the Company’s giving. In order not to waste your time, please ensure you have read the guidelines very carefully and have completed the eligibility test before applying. The Company reviews its policy regularly and will update guidance as and when it does so on the website. Please check back regularly in order to keep up to date.

We do not fund the following:

  • Individuals
  • Overseas charities and projects taking place or benefiting people outside the UK
  • Medical research
  • Animal welfare
  • Individual housing associations
  • Endowment schemes
  • Individual churches for maintenance of the fabric
  • Individual hospices
  • Individual schools or supporting associations unless they are specialist schools (i.e. SEN)
  • Local authorities, or work usually considered a statutory responsibility
  • Major building projects, capital funding
  • One-off events (such as festivals, conferences, exhibitions and community events)
  • Overseas trips
  • Campaigning or lobbying projects, or general awareness raising work
  • Membership organisations

Categories of Small Grants (formerly named minor grants):

After due consideration, the following categories have been confirmed:

  • General Welfare;
  • Culture;
  • Medical/Disabled.

Guidelines and Limitations for General Charitable Support:

  • We only accept applications from registered charities and currently do not accept applications from social enterprises or Community Interest Companies.
  • Grants are made to London and national charities with a turnover of less than £5 million, however, priority will be given to charities with a turnover of less than £2 million, where our grant is more likely to make a difference.  National charities are those deemed to have a reach beyond one particular region, or have beneficiaries who originate from different parts of the country. National refers to those operating across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.
  • We make grants to those charities which wish to undertake particular projects and go directly to the point of need. However, requests for core funding will be considered where there is suitable justification. For examples of charities and projects supported please see the ‘Case Studies’ section of our website here or the list of most recent grants awarded here.
  • We do not make grants to grant-making organisations, or those seeking to raise funds to make onwards donations to other charities.
  • We do not consider general appeals, mailshots or letters requesting donations, full applications must be submitted or they will not be considered.
  • Where charities are members, branches or affiliates of an association, appeals are normally accepted from the governing body or head office only.
  • In the case of church restorations, block grants are made to the National Churches Trust and therefore appeals from individual churches to support the upkeep of the fabric will not be considered.
  • The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity’s normal policy is to give small grants up to £3,000. Where there is justification for continuity purposes, recurring grants will be considered on their merits.  Where such grants are made, subsequent payments will be on the basis of suitable reports being rendered and approved each year.
  • A report will be required at the end of the year following the grant setting out what has been achieved against the original purposes of the project.  Without such a report subsequent applications will not be considered.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the Charity Committee meets on the first Wednesday of February, April, July, October and December.  Applications will be acknowledged on receipt and the charity informed as to when its appeal will be decided. For small grants (those under £3,000), however, the turnaround should be no longer than 2 months.
  • While the Goldsmiths’ Company has its roots in the Christian faith, we welcome applications from all faith and non-faith charities. Those applications which can show themselves to be open to all members of the community and which promote social integration and cohesion are more likely to be successful. Those charities which actively seek to promote a particular religion will not be considered.
  • There are many charities which can point to significantly disadvantaged sections of the population but applications which can articulate the positive, tangible outcomes which will accrue from a grant awarded by the Charity are more likely to be successful.
  • Applications for grants in excess of £3,000 should be discussed with the Grants Officer who will explain the more in depth process required. Please see below for contact details.

Culture and Medical Welfare/Disabled:

  • Priority will be given to cultural projects which have both the intention of using culture for the transformational power it possesses in changing the imaginative and emotional scope of people's lives and also, crucially, those applications that have the objective credibility to realise that intention. Additionally, charities which contribute to the professional advancement of those with the talent but not necessarily the means to develop it will also be considered.
  • Applications from medical Charities will be assessed according to how much individual patients or their families/carers would benefit.  Priority will generally be given to medium sized charities that focus on an area of need that is inadequately met by the NHS or other services, such as medical conditions that are relatively rare or difficult to treat and for which information and/or support is valuable but often lacking.

The Goldsmiths’ Charity operates a two stage application process for anything other than a small grant.  For larger grants, the first stage will require an initial outline and the second, if judged appropriate, a full application.

If having read these guidelines you have any questions then please phone/e-mail the Grants Officer, Ciorsdan Brown on 020 7606 7010 or


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