Clothworkers Foundation


Status:Open to applications


Maximum Turnover:£ 15,000,000


Support is available to registered charities in the UK for work in one of the following areas: alcohol and substance misuse, disabled people, disadvantaged minority communities, disadvantaged young people, domestic and sexual violence, elderly people, homelessness, prisoners and ex-offenders and visual impairment.

Value Notes

The Clothworkers' Foundation offers grants under two programmes:

  • Main Grants Programme: there is no maximum project cost or grant amount. The average grant amount is £25,000.
  • Small Grants Programme: offers grants of up to £10,000, the average amount is £7,000. The total cost of the project must be less than £100,000.

Extended Description

The Clothworkers' Foundation is the independent charitable arm of The Clothworkers' Company, and is one of the top 50 charitable grant makers in the UK.

The Clothworkers' Foundation aims to use its funding to improve the quality of life for people and communities that face disadvantage.

Latest Information

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Key Criteria

UK Registered charities are eligible to apply.

The Main Grants Programme is available to charities with an annual operating income of under £15 million and the Small Grants Programme is open to charities with an annual turnover under £250,000

Eligible Expenditure

This Foundation awards grants in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and substance misuse - projects supporting people affected by drug and/or alcohol dependency, and their families.
  • Disabled people - projects providing services for people with physical and/or learning disabilities, and/or for people with mental health issues (projects which focus only on meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act will not be considered).
  • Disadvantaged minority communities - projects that work with minority communities facing both disadvantage (eg economic or cultural) and discrimination (eg due to ethnicity, sexuality, faith) to:
    • Promote integration between minority communities and mainstream society.
    • Provide specialist services.
    • Provide access to mainstream services.
  • Disadvantaged young people - projects which support disadvantaged young people, particularly, but not restricted to, those in or leaving care, or not in employment education or training (NEET).
  • Domestic and sexual violence - projects supporting people affected by domestic or sexual violence or abuse.
  • Elderly people - projects providing services for elderly people, in particular people living in areas of high deprivation and/or where rural isolation is an issue.
  • Homelessness - projects providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders - projects supporting prisoners and/or ex-offenders, or those at risk of offending, and their families.
  • Visual impairment - projects providing services for blind or visually impaired people.

Funding is available for capital costs. This means tangible items or work, including:

  • Buildings - purchase, construction, renovation, refurbishment, redecoration.
  • Fittings, fixtures, and equipment - office equipment, sports or gym equipment, digital or audiovisual equipment, camping equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (but not purely medical) equipment, soft or hard furnishings, bathroom/kitchen fittings and fixtures.
  • Vehicles - minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, 4X4. Brand new vehicles are rarely fully funded.


The Foundation does not support the following:

  • Non capital costs.
  • Salaries.
  • Overheads.
  • Training.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Rent.
  • Lease of property or equipment.
  • Websites.
  • Databases/software.
  • Professional fees.
  • Hospices.
  • Projects to create or refurbish charity shops.
  • Events.
  • Projects the Foundation has already declined to fund.
  • Grant-making organisations.
  • General mailings.
  • Medical research or equipment.
  • Emergency appeals.
  • Overseas work, even if charity is registered in UK.
  • Political projects.
  • In the Main Grants Programme: IT equipment which will only be used by staff/volunteers and not by service users.
  • Arts or education projects unless they work exclusively with people from the groups described in the programme areas.
  • Schools, colleges, or university unless they work exclusively with disabled people or people with learning difficulties.
  • Students, or any individuals other than professional conservators (who can apply for a bursary to attend an event).
  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £15 million.
  • Organisations that have received a grant in the last five years.
  • Work to satisfy the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Organisations that promote a particular religion or only provide services to people of a particular faith.

Application Process      

Applicants must first complete an online eligibility quiz to get access to an online application form which is universal and can be used for both the Main and Small grants programmes.

The Foundation is unable to provide general advice or guidance over the phone or via email and applicants are strongly advised to read the guidance and FAQs on the Foundation's website before applying.

Address & Contacts :

Contact details:
Clothworkers' Foundation
Dunster Court
Mincing Lane