Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund Grant

Status:Open to applications


Grants for organisations undertaking projects involving young people who are vulnerable or may become involved in crime in the UK.


Maximum Turnover:£ 250,000
Maximum Value:£ 15,000

Value Notes

The maximum grant is usually £15,000 per annum.

Grants are awarded for up to three years.

Extended Description

The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund Grant is provided and administered by The Weaver's Company.

The scheme is intended to support local organisations undertaking projects for young people who are vulnerable and at risk of becoming involved with crime.

The scheme aims to help vulnerable young people to stay out of trouble and to help with the rehabilitation of young offenders.

The scheme particularly wishes to fund projects that work:

  • With disadvantaged young people between the ages of five and 30, to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society.
  • To address the social and economic problems faced by offenders and ex-offenders under the age of thirty and their families and provide them with the support and training they need to return to employment or education.

Latest Information

Deadlines: 31 March, 31 July, 30 November

Any applications that arrive too late for consideration at one meeting are automatically rolled forward to the next.

Key Criteria

UK registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than about £250,000.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for the following:

  • Helping disadvantaged young people - The object of the fund is to support projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. Young people are normally defined as being aged from 5 to 30 years.
  • Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age - Many offenders and ex-offenders suffer from a variety of difficult and complex problems and they are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Funding is available for work that addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families, and provide them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society.

Eligible expenditure includes:

  • Pump-priming.
  • Associated project costs.
  • Core costs e.g. general administration and training that enable an organisation to develop and maintain expertise.
  • Continuation funding.
  • Emergency or deficit funding - in exceptional circumstances.

Applications for new ideas and projects that could inspire similar work in other areas of the country are encouraged.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.


Funding will not be given for the following:

  • Long-term support.
  • General appeals, sponsorship, marketing or other fundraising activities.
  • Endowment funds.
  • Bursaries.
  • Long-term capital projects.
  • Grant-giving charities.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • Replacement funding for work that should be covered by statutory funding.
  • Building projects.
  • Capital projects to provide access in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Personal appeals.
  • Individuals.
  • Umbrella bodies or large, established organisations
  • Organisations outside the UK.
  • Overseas expeditions or travel.
  • Work with children under five years of age.
  • Universities or colleges.
  • Medical charities or those involved in medical care.
  • Organisations of and for disabled people.
  • Environmental projects.
  • Work in promotion of religious or political causes.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available on request.

Contact the Weaver's Company for further information.

Address & Contacts :

Application forms may be available to download on their website

Contact details:
The Weaver's Company
Saddlers' House
Gutter Lane
Telephone:020 7606 1155