Charitable objectives remain very much at the heart of the Livery Companies. A recent Survey on Philanthropic Giving found that in 2020 Livery Companies provided just over £72 million in financial support to charities.
The Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths principal aim is to provide support to aspiring blacksmiths; this is normally given in the form of bursaries to students at recognised blacksmithing colleges.
The Company also makes regular donations to a number of causes with which it has special connections. Finally, remaining funds are dispersed to other causes at the discretion of the Charity Committee and the Wardens, who act as Trustees.
2022-23 IMPORTANT NOTICE - No new Applications will be considered until further notice.
Given the present economic situation, we are currently not considering new applications for grants and will focus our support on bursaries through the Colleges with which we work. We will review the position in due course and will post an update should the position change. Thank you for your understanding.
Applications for grants are more likely to be considered if the applicant has properly researched our Charitable Trust and are from smaller charities. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths normally only supports those applicants that fall within the following themes:
All applications should be summited (online) using the form provided here.
Unsuccessful applications will not always be acknowledged.