The Leathersellers’ Company

Charities: How To Apply For A Grant

Charitable Grants are available to UK registered charities working within the UK. Whilst we prioritise those charities working for the benefit of people in Greater London, we do welcome and support applications from all corners on the UK.

We will fund special projects, capital grants and core costs such as salaries, rent and utilities.

You can apply for up to four years of funding.

We believe that registered charities need to offer good value for money and transparency about how their money is spent. A charity may only make one grant application a year. Applications received from a charity within 12 months of the resolution of a previous application will be automatically rejected.

A charity that receives a Multi-Year Grant of more than £5,000 a year or a Single Year Grant of over £10,000 will not be eligible to apply for further funding for a period of four years.

We have two separate grant making programmes, both can be accessed via our online application forms.

We also welcome applications supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.

Read more about our support for the Leather Trade.

Types of Grant

We operate two grant programmes for charities. Both programmes use the same application form. Within the application form you will be asked which Grant Programme you are applying for. You can only make one application to the charitable fund every 12 months.

Small Grants Programme
This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants. This is particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected expenses. The value of the grant awarded could be up to a maximum of £3,000. A decision should normally be made within 6 weeks of receiving your application.

Main Grants Programme
The Main Grants programme awards Multi-Year Grants for a period of up to four years and large Single Year Grants. Funding can be offered for special projects, capital grants and core costs such as salaries, rent and utilities. The value of the grant awarded varies according to the size of the charity, the total cost of the project and other funding that has been secured.

Successful applications to the Main Grants Programme will typically have to pass through a four stage process. This process can take up to 9 months.

Initial Assessment
This will take place as applications are received. Within 6 weeks of receiving your application you will be notified that either your application has been unsuccessful or that it will go before the Charities Grants Committee.

Charities Grants Committee Consideration
The Charities Grants Committee will meet three times a year to consider applications to the Main Grants Programme.

Charities Grant Working Group Assessment
Applications being considered through the Main Grants Programme may be visited by the Charities Grants Working Group for a detailed assessment.

Charities Grants Committee Decision
The Charities Grants Committee will make a final decision following a report from the working group.

Making an application to the Small Grants Programme couldn’t be easier.

Use the application form to tell us what your charity does, what you want funding for and why.

Once you have completed your application we will let you know within 6 weeks if you have been successful or not.

We want to hear about the type of charity you are, the work you do and what exactly you will be using our grant for. What will be the impact of our grant? Will our grant help you secure funding from elsewhere?

If you are applying for core funding give us an overview of all the work of your charity and explain how you currently meet these costs.

The application form will give you the opportunity to upload one document. This is where you can add some colour and definition to your request. Case studies, a newsletter, annual review or simply a covering letter can give us a clearer picture of your charity. Don’t upload your audited accounts, we can always get these off the Charity Commission website if we need them.

Finally, how does your website look? If your application has grabbed our attention we will visit your website for further information, so make sure it is up to date and compliments what you have said in your application form.

These are the questions you will be asked on the application form. Please note this is for information only so you can prepare your responses. We will only accept applications made via the online application process. Any application forms emailed or posted to us will be discarded.

A1         Organisation Name

              Also known as (if applicable)

A2         Organisation Address

A3         Contact Name

A4         Job Title

A5         Contact Address

A6         Contact email address

A7         Contact Telephone Number

A8         Organisation Telephone Number

A9         Charity Website

B1         Please select the entry which best describes your organisation

B2         Charity Registration Number

B3         Please describe the aims and objectives of your organisation and the services you provide

B4         If your organisation has applied for funding from The Leathersellers’ Company before, please list the date, amount requested, what the funding was for, and the application outcome

Ensure all applications by your charity are listed here, including those that were unsuccessful

B5         If you or your organisation have any connection to The Leathersellers’ Company, the Leather Trade or if you have been invited to apply by a member of the Livery, please give details here

C1         Which type of grant do you wish to apply for

              If you are applying through the Main Grant Programme please specify the total number of years to be funded

C2         Project Title

C3         Project Description

C4         Annual amount requested from The Leathersellers’ Company

C5         Total Annual Project Cost

C6         What other funders have you applied to for this project

C7         Which category best describes your project

C8         Choose the area that will benefit most from your Project

D1         Accounts for year end

D2         Total Annual Income

D3         Total Annual Expenditure

D4         Free Reserves

D5         How much was spent by your organisation on fundraising

D6         Additional Financial Information

E1          If you wish to attach supporting documents (e.g. Project Budget or Job Description) you may do so here

Click here to make an application