Charity Grants & Donations

The Scriveners’ Company Sexcentenary Charity was established on 1 Aug 2020 when it superseded the Sexcentenary Charity Fund of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners. The purpose of the change in structure of the Charity was to form a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which updates the governance structure and reviews the overall charitable objectives.

The overarching aims of the CIO remain the same and are:

  • Providing for the relief of hardship among Liverymen and Freemen of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners and their dependents;
  • The making of grants to schools, colleges and other organisations for the advancement of education and contributing in whole or in part, to bursaries being awarded by such schools, colleges and other organisations, particularly but not limited to those involved in trades and crafts associated with the Worshipful Company of Scriveners;
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;
  • The advancement of culture and heritage in the trades and crafts associated with the Worshipful Company of Scriveners;
  • To support the charitable work of the Lord Mayor of the City of London;
  • To further the charitable work of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners.

In common with other livery companies, we support City of London-associated schools (see the Livery in Education booklet services affiliations, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, and other charitable organisations with which the Company has an association – such as the College of Arms, the Heraldry Society and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. We also give annual prizes for Calligraphy and Illumination, and for clarity and excellence of Handwriting (the Karen Nehammer Prize) for year 6, 7, 8 and 9 pupils at schools associated with the City.
The Charity Fund may also support ‘such Charitable Foundations for such Charitable Purposes as the Court shall from time to time in its absolute discretion determine and direct’.

Applications for funding are the subject to the following preconditions:
1. Any funds donated shall be for a purpose which is consistent with at least one of the objects of the Sexcentenary Charity.
2. In the case of a project, applicants shall provide a written description as to how progress or success shall be measured.
3. No later than 6 (six) weeks prior to the anniversary of the making of a donation, the applicant shall report what has been done, and disclose, on its website or other publication relating to a project, that the donation has been made by the Sexcentenary Charity.
4. Donations are not made to individuals.

Any applications to the Sexcentenary Charity within the areas mentioned above should be made to the Clerk in the format below. Please note that distributions are made only once a year and that applications are considered between January and March only.

Application to The Scriveners’ Company Sexcentenary Charity (the “Sexcentenary Charity”) should be made in the following format:

Name of Organisation:
Charity Registration No:
Please state charitable purpose (“Purpose”):
Name and Position of Contact: (Mr, Mrs, Ms etc)
Address for correspondence, if different:
Contact Tel:
Give brief details of the Key Activities of the Organisation (Max 150 words):
Please supply a copy of:

  1. The latest annual signed or audited accounts; and
  2. The latest annual report.

Is the Request for general running costs or a specific project?
If for a project, please give details of cost, duration and exit strategy:
Total Funding required for the Purpose: £—–
How would a grant meet the charitable aims of your organisation?
How does the Purpose meet the overarching aims of the Sexcentenary Charity?
Amount Requested: £—–
What reserves (excluding fixed assets) does the organisation hold? £—–
Restricted Funds £—–
Unrestricted Funds £—–
How many months’ expenditure does this represent?
Please provide brief details of other grants applied for in relation to the same Purpose.
How would the organisation acknowledge/publicise any grant received?

Charity Disbursements made in 2020 – 2021

Master’s Discretionary Donations
Becket Pageant – – £500
Royal British Legion – – £250
Clapton Common Boys Club –
http://CLAPTON COMMON BOYS CLUB – 1121347 – Charity … – £500

Annual grants, donations and bursaries
City of London School – – (bursary) – £5000
City of London School for Girls – (bursary) – £10000
St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School – (bursary) – £5000
Stepney All Saints School – (grant) – £2000
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal – – (Duke of Edinburgh Award, Samaritans, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones) – £2000
Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund – ex-prisoners and their families) – £1000
LXX Squadron Welfare Fund – (affiliated RAF Squadron) – £1000
HMS Portland Welfare Fund – 
(affiliated Royal Navy ship) – £1000

Julia Hett 400th Anniversary Fund one-off annual grants
Hestia – – £1500
Bloomfield Learning Centre – – £1500

Additional Hardship Donations
The Aldgate Primary School Laptops Appeal – – £1000
Bloomfield Learning Centre – £1000

The Heraldry Society – Scriveners Company lecture – – £450
The College of Arms Trust (book restoration fund) – – £350
The Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chaplain’s charity) – – £250
City of London Freemen’s School – prizes for Spanish –£250
City of London Freemen’s School – prizes for Latin – £250
United Guilds Service – 
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators – – £100
The Edward Johnston Foundation – – £100
The Society for Italic Handwriting – – £100
Scriveners Company Peter Esslemont Calligraphy Prize – £500

Total donated £35,600