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The Charity

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

Our Response to the Ukraine War Relief

On top of our regular grantmaking we donated £52,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee and a charity supporting Ukraine refugees in the UK. The Grocers' Charity continues to keep informed about the ongoing conflict.

Our Response to COVID-19

Over 2020-2022, on top of our regular grantmaking, we donated an additional £220,000. 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.

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’. As a small grant awarding body, our mission is to invest in and support a broad range of small and medium sized 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 churches we have an historic link with.

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 can be found on the Apply for a Grant page.

Environment & Climate Change is a funding focus to the end of 2022. Learn more here.

Our values

  • Engaging with a wide range of charities supporting a diverse range of challenging circumstances
  • Having 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
  • Committing 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:

August 2021 to July 2022

August 2020 to July 2021

August 2019 to July 2020

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.