Main Grants Programme

The Leathersellers’ Main Charity Grants programme now operates through targeted funding rounds to reduce the number of unsuccessful applications made by charities who will not receive funds. As a committed Flexible Funder, we always aim to be open and provide clear and relevant information. If any of the guidance below or our application form do not meet those standards, please do contact us with any questions or points to clarify/improve upon – we welcome your feedback.

Income of under £200,000? Read about applying for a small grant here.

We are inviting applications from charities whose core focus is working to prevent the occurrence of and/or reduce the likelihood of long-term negative consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Applications will be open until 6pm on Thursday 30th June 2022. 

Click to apply for a Main Grant

This ACE Funding Round aims to support UK registered charities or charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) that:

– are operating in the UK in an area of deprivation
– have an organisational annual income over £200,000 and under £2,000,000 (for the coming or current year)
– have as their core focus, the goal to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from ACEs by providing services to children and young people and/or adult survivors in recovery
– use a trauma-informed approach and evidence-based interventions
– can demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach through evaluation or external research
– are either lived-experience led or can show significant input from those with lived experience

We recognise that some communities suffer from a greater likelihood of ACEs due to systemic barriers. We welcome applications from charities who support under-represented groups.

Please note:

– A charity may only make one grant application to the Leathersellers at a time.
– If you have been awarded a grant previously, you will not be eligible to apply for the same period of time as that of your grant. For example: if you received a one-year grant you cannot reapply for one year after the date of your final grant payment. If you received multi-year funding for four years you will not be eligible to apply for further funding for four years from the date of your final grant payment.

If you are unsure as to your particular circumstance / when you last applied or received funding from us, please contact us.

If your charity meets the criteria in the first tab you can apply for

  • an unrestricted grant (core costs) of between £20,000 – £25,000 per year for a period of up to four years.

In our criteria and on our form we have used a number of terms that it may be useful to explain further:

Adverse Childhood Experiences
We are use this term to recognise traumatic events that occur during childhood that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical, emotional and mental health throughout their life. Examples include:

  • abuse – physical, sexual or psychological/emotional
  • neglect – physical or psychological/emotional
  • domestic abuse
  • substance misuse by a close family member
  • mental illness of a close family member
  • having a close family member serve time in prison
  • parental or caregiver separation or divorce on account of relationship breakdown

We recognise the charities that work to prevent the occurrence of and/or support recovery from ACE’s cover a broad range of activities including working with victims of child sexual exploitation, county lines, gangs, those cared for by the local authority, homelessness, human trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees etc.

Area of Deprivation
We recognise all relative measures of deprivation as tracked by the Indices of Deprivation or similar tools. We ask you who your work helps and why this is needed for that group or in that area so you can explain the need that exists there.

Trauma Informed Approach
A trauma-informed approach aims to provide an environment where a person who has experienced trauma feels safe and can develop trust. This means people at every level of an organisation (including volunteers) develop an understanding of trauma, its symptoms and its impact, which then influences their work. This reduces the risk of excluding people who have experienced trauma. Many organisations describe it as a cultural shift rather than simply a behavioural one as the approach is integrated into policy, procedures, practice and environment.

Evidence Based
When wishing to support evidence based work, we are looking for charities that use
– the best research evidence
– the expertise of their staff and volunteers, and
– the lived experiences and voices of the children and young people they help when designing, learning and improving, and providing their services.

Applications open:       19th May 2022
Applications close:       6pm on 30th June 2022

1st stage decision:        All applicants will be informed by 30th September 2022 if they have been shortlisted for a 2nd stage visit or not.

Those applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to meet with representatives of the Charitable Fund and discuss their application in more depth in either Round 1 (October 2022) or Round 2 (January 2023). This may be in person or online as Covid restrictions and scheduling allows. Those recommendations return to a Charity Committee meeting and are then reviewed by Court.

The final decision for visits from Round 1 will be communicated by 8th December 2022, and for Round 2 by 9th March 2023.

Offline version of form

We only accept applications made via our online form. However, we have provided a word version of the form (available here) to allow you to prepare your answers in advance.

Please note, you don’t need to complete the application all at once – you can choose to register with us at the top of the form, save your progress and sign back in anytime but please remember you need to choose to save your form each time (there is no autosave!)

Confirmation of receipt of application

You will receive immediate email confirmation of receipt of your application from (please check your junk/spam folders as this is an automated system and so may get caught).

  • When can I reapply for funding?

If you were previously successful in obtaining a charity main grant, then you need to wait for a period equal to the length of that grant before reapplying. For example: if you received a one-year grant you cannot reapply for one year after the date of your final grant payment. If you received multi-year funding for four years you will not be eligible to apply for further funding for four years from the date of your final grant payment.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, please contact us.

  • Does the Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund only fund charities in London?

No, we support registered charities working within and for the benefit of communities across the UK.

  • Can I request feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, as we only have a small Grants team at the Leathersellers’ it is not possible for us to provide feedback to all applicants. We will provide feedback to any applicants that make it to the second round of assessment and undertake a visit.

  • Do we need to have a connection to the Livery Company or one of its members?

No, the Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund does not require a charity to have a particular connection to the Livery or to have previously been funded by LCCF. If you do have a connection, there will be an opportunity to identify that in the application form.

  • If we apply for too much funding, will we get nothing?

No, if your requested sum is larger than the Committee consider appropriate, they may grant a smaller amount. Your funding request is not an all or nothing consideration.

  • My organisation as a whole has an income over the limit (£2million) but the project I want to apply for is within the limit – can we still apply? 

No, the income limit applies to the organisation as a whole, not to the particular area of work you are looking to fund.