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Skinners Company - Lady Neville Charity - Deadline: 22 March 19

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One-off capital grants are available to grassroots charitable organisations in the UK that are offering a diverse range of activities and interests within one of the Charity's areas of priority: local heritage, local community; and performing arts and visual arts.

Fund Information

Funding body:

The Skinners’ Company - Welfare, Education and Organisational Grants

Maximum value:

£ 1,000

Application deadline:



The Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity was formally set up in 1978 following a bequest from Ralph Neville JP.  The Skinners' Company is one of the 'great twelve' City livery companies.  The company is no longer associated with the craft controlling the use, production and sale of furs used for trimming garments for people of exalted rank, but continues to administer its own corporate property and charitable trusts.

Objectives of Fund

The objective of the Lady Neville Charity is to provide grants that will make a clear and significant contribution to grassroots charitable organisations offering a diverse range of activities and interests.

Value Notes

One-off capital grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects with a total cost of less than £10,000.

Please note that as the Trust has a limited funding pot, it may not always be able to fully fund the requested amount. 

The applicant success rate is currently standing at 75% of all eligible applications received. 

Match Funding Restrictions

Grants should make a clear and significant contribution to the project and the total amount sought should be less than £10,000.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based in the United Kingdom whose total annual income is less than £100,000 per annum are eligible to apply.


United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants are requested to complete a form once the grant has been spent for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating and improving the service provided.

Successful recipients are asked to acknowledge their grant on any published materials relating to the project.


The following exclusions apply:

  • Sponsorships requests from individuals.

  • Revenue requests (ie for staff salaries or general running costs for ongoing core activities).

  • Projects taking place in a hospital, nursing or residential care setting.

  • Medical research.

  • Organisation which have received a grant within the last three years.

  • Other grant-making charities.

  • Requests for funding from organisations in East Sussex.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust can consider grants for capital items such as:

  • Equipment, an element of capital building works.

It can also consider grants for:

  • General funding towards one-off anniversary events that are not part of core activities. This does not include regular annual events.

All applications need to make a clear and significant contribution to a project.

Projects must address one of the following areas:

  • Local Heritage – for projects anywhere in the UK which help local groups to conserve and restore their landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture.

  • Performing and Visual Arts - for groups anywhere in the UK that are involved in undertaking a particular activity in any field in this area.

  • Skinners' Company - any charitable activity which takes place in areas where the Skinners’ Company already has a presence, either through its own existing work in social housing and education, or where there are historic links. These areas are:

    • The City of London.

    • Camden (particularly Kings Cross).

    • Enfield.

    • Hackney.

    • Hounslow.

    • West Kent, (particularly Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells).

    • Romney Marsh (Kent only).

How To Apply

Applications for 2019 should be submitted by 5pm on:

  • 22 March.

  • 13 September.

Application forms are available from the Charity's website. 

Completed application forms can be returned either by email or by post enclosing a copy of the applicant's most recent audited accounts and annual report.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries 
    The Skinners’ Company - Welfare, Education and Organisational Grants 
    Skinners’ Hall 
    8 Dowgate Hill 
    EC4R 2SP 
    Tel: 020 7213 0562 
    Email: [email protected]

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