The Drapers’ Company supports registered charities with projects that aim to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities within the UK, particularly those disadvantaged or socially excluded. Most of the support is focused in Greater London and covers the following areas:
- Social Welfare – including homelessness, prisoners, ex-service personnel, support for the elderly, carers, community and family services, disabled adults;
- Education and Training – projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old;
- Textiles and Heritage – including textile conservation, projects within the textile industry, museums, memorials and monuments relating to the armed forces, history of London or the textile trade.
There is no minimum or maximum grant; grants are normally awarded for sums up to £15,000.
Applications can be submitted at any time of the year. Applications are considered at meetings in November, February and June.
Previous projects supported include:
- Action Tutoring which received a grant of £50,000 over two-years to support disadvantaged pupils in London, through voluntary tutors, to improve their academic attainment, particularly in GCSE English and Maths.
- Debate Mate which received a grant of £10,000 to set up a programme of after school debating clubs for 9 – 15 year olds in five inner-city London schools.
- Bench Outreach which received a grant of £10,000 towards the Access to Housing and Treatment service providing signposting, advice, referral and advocacy to homeless and vulnerably housed people with complex needs in Lewisham.