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Small Charities Programme

General Guidance for Applicants

The Trustees recently revised the Small Charities programme.  Rather than give lots of one-off small grants they are looking to build longer term relationships with the small charities they choose to support.  They envisage that a typical grant award would be £3,000 per annum for three years, ie a total of £9,000.  They will consider requests for funding for specific projects or for core costs. 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.  At the end of the grant period you will be asked to make a final report to demonstrate the impact of the grant.


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 applications cycle for the year to 31st March 2020 has now closed. If you applied for a grant before 31st August 2019 you will be informed of the outcome in October 2019. 

The next applications cycle will commence in Spring 2020 for grants to be awarded in the year to 31st March 2021.  Applications will only be considered if submitted via the online application form which will be available on this website in Spring 2020.  You will be asked some questions to verify your eligibility before you can access the full form.  As part of the application process you will be asked to upload your most recent financial statements. If you are a new charity and do not yet have audited accounts, you should upload your budget and/or business plan for the year.  If your accounts show a substantial cash balance you may wish to explain why this is the case.

Applications will be reviewed by a staff member and shortlisted applications will be considered by the Trustees of the Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust. Applicants may be invited for interview.