Charitable Grants

Application for grants

The process

Although much of the Company's grant giving is now directed to its current selected charities, some limited funds are still available for new petitions. New petitions also provide an essential mechanism for bringing potential new selected charities to the notice of the Company. Applicants should note the following points:

  • Applications are encouraged from registered charities concerned with alleviating the social effects of alcohol abuse/misuse within Greater London, and preferably Inner London. Applications from national charities will therefore need to be ring-fenced to Greater London and preferably Inner London
  • Applications are not normally entertained which relate to the rest of the UK or overseas or which relate to the restoration of buildings or to medical research
  • There is no application form.  Applicants have a free hand to state their case, preferably in not more than three sides of A4 (by email in electronic format – see below)
  • Applications for specific projects are much preferred.  The Committee is unwilling to support general running costs
  • All applications should include a breakdown of the budget for the proposed project together with the charity’s most recent audited accounts
  • All agenda papers for the Vintners’ Foundation Committee are now circulated electronically and hard copy petitions are not accepted
  • Documents sent as attachments should be on the headed notepaper of the charity
  • Grants are normally made in the range of £3,000 – £5,000
  • The Committee meets four times a year, usually in March, June, September and December.  Petitions which are too late for the next meeting will be postponed to the following scheduled meeting
  • Applications should be made by email, with attachments, to Stephen Freeth, Archivist & Charities Secretary – email: