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The Charity

The Grocers’ Company has a long tradition of charitable giving and philanthropy

Our Response to COVID-19

April 2021

The Grocers' Charity continues to offer reassurance that we stand with the charity sector during this time. We understand charities may need to adapt their activities and may require more time to submit information due to high levels of furloughed staff. We continue to support core costs and regular programming, not only projects.

On top of our regular grantmaking, and the additional £150,000 in 2020 to support charities during the pandemic, we have invested an additional £60,000 to support more pandemic related issues in 2021 and £50,000 in 2022.

April 2020

On top of our regular grantmaking, and the gifted additional £110,000 to support charities helping people with long-term illnesses, homelessness, mental health, and initiatives helping isolated, vulnerable individuals, we plan to find additional funds to support more pandemic related issues in 2021.The Grocers' Charity is one of hundreds of funders which have signed a COVID-19 Funder Statement. Along with many other donors, the Grocers' Charity wants to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. If you receive grant funding from us, we understand you may need to adapt your activities. We are here if you want to talk, at the right time for you.

On top of our regular grantmaking, the Grocers' Charity has identified over twenty charities working to relieve the ongoing impact of COVID-19. To date, in total, we gifted an additional £110,000 to support charities helping people with long-term illnesses, homelessness, mental health and initiatives helping isolated, vulnerable individuals.

Also, beginning in April, the Grocers' Company, Merchant Taylors' Company, Drapers' Company and events organiser Party Ingredients established the NHS Livery Kitchens Initiative. We aim to feed NHS frontline workers each day with nutritious, individually-packed meals from our kitchens in the City to help reduce the burden on hospital canteens and to provide a morale boost through a delicious meal. Currently, we support four hospitals: St Bartholomew's, The Royal London, Newham and Whipps Cross.

About the Grocers' Charity

Philanthropy connects the Grocers’ past, present and future commitment to its historical ethos found in early ordinances ‘to be a nursery of charities and a seminary of good citizens’.

Our purpose

We are a grant making charity giving grants to small and medium sized organisations in the UK. Our mission is to invest in and support a broad range of UK registered charities which together make a demonstrable positive impact on public benefit.

Our focus
We support long-term bursaries and in-kind commitments to educational institutions to help students who benefit from financial assistance and students who benefit from mentoring and work experience opportunities. We support the preservation of historic churches. For our open grants, we support charities that improve the quality of life for people and communities. We fund core costs and new or existing projects or programmes. The areas we fund are:

  • Children and Young People
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Elderly
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Health
  • Heritage
  • Military
  • Relief of Poverty (Hardship)
  • The Arts

Our values

  • A commitment to doing good for the whole by engaging with a wide range of charities supporting a diverse range of challenging circumstances
  • Open dialogue with other funders, researchers and the charity sector
  • Keeping an open policy to remain flexible responding to the most pressing needs
  • Partnering with other funders and individuals to contribute to longer-term social investment
  • Committed to continuous improvement by reducing the environmental impact of our investments and operations

The Grocers’ Charity is a member of the ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations). The Charity Manager is a Trustee of ACF.

The Grocers' Charity publishes its annual grant giving data with 360Giving. This service helps grantmakers and donors improve their charitable giving. Using the 360Giving data requirements, please find an excel spreadsheet on the grants we awarded in a given year below:

This data is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish; with the data being attributed to the Grocers' Charity and that any changes made are indicated publically.

The Grocers’ Charity is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with number 255230. The Grocers’ Charity is administered by The Grocers’ Trust Company Limited with the Company number 00928562.