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Small Charities Programme

Given the challenging circumstances and social restrictions created by the Covid-19 crisis, the trustees were unable to proceed with their usual process for selecting small charity partners. Support for our existing Small Charity Partners continued and a grant was awarded to a charity already known to the Trust which works with homeless and socially isolated clients in London. In addition a substantial grant was made to the 4th Wave of the London Community Response organised by London Funders. This completed our available expenditure in support of small charities for the year to 31st March 2021. A further wave of support from London Community Response is planned for 2021 so you may wish to monitor that website.

Information about our support for small charities in the next financial year will be available on this page after 1st April 2021.  Our usual process for selecting Small Charity Partners is described below and we hope to continue with this approach in the next financial year.

General Guidance for Applicants

The Trustees are looking to build longer term relationships with the small charities they choose to support.  Typically they award grants of £3,000 per annum for three years, ie a total of £9,000. 

Applicants are advised to indicate clearly how such a series of small grants will be of significant benefit.  The impact of the grant should be measurable. The Trustees need to be convinced that such a grant will provide meaningful support for a particular cost or project area, and it will have discernible impact. They will consider requests for funding for specific projects or for core costs. At the end of the grant period you will be asked to make a final report to demonstrate the impact of the grant. 

You can read more about our current Small Charity Partners here.


The Trustees envisage building a supportive relationship with charities in receipt of grants.  This could take the form of visits to the charity, invitations to report at meetings of the Trustees, opportunities to attend events at Armourers’ Hall.  Applicants should understand the value of such engagement and be enthusiastic partners.


Applicants should: 

  • be charities registered in the UK (with the Charity Commission of England Wales, the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland)
  • be operating either throughout the UK (ie not regionally) or in London (defined as within the M25). 
  • have had income below £500,000 in the last financial year for which full accounts are available
  • be operating in one of the following categories: Community or Armed Forces; Children, Youth or General Education; Health or Medical; the Arts, Arms or Armour.


Applicants should not: 

  • be applying for general maintenance, repair or restoration of buildings
  • be applying for sponsorship as individuals
  • be applying for the benefit of an individual
  • be applying for charities or projects outside the UK.

Applications Process and Timetable

The planned applications cycle for grants for the financial year to 31st March 2021 has now closed.