Funds are given to help disadvantaged young people, especially those at risk of offending, and to address problems faced by offenders, ex-offenders and their families. There is a preference for supporting smaller charities which provide direct services.
The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973, succeeding an existing charitable fund. The Fund’s principal aim should be to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, as well as other disadvantaged young people. Preference is given to pump-priming new projects, especially those that are innovative and can serve as a model elsewhere.
Projects which fulfil the funding criteria are short-listed, then visited by a member of the Company. These assessment visits give our younger members in particular an opportunity to become closely involved in the charitable work of the Company, which may lead to a mutually beneficial relationship with its beneficiaries.
These assessments inform the Charitable Grants Committee, helping it decide on the grants to be awarded and the amount allocated. The Committee meets three times a year.
Closing dates for applications in 2023/2024
Final decisions will be notified during the month shown in brackets
Thursday 6 July 2023 (Oct 23)
Thursday 16 November 2023 (Feb 24)
Thursday 14 March 2024 (Jun 24)
Thursday 4 July 2024 (Oct 24)
Thursday 14 November 2024 (Feb 25)