How to Apply for a Grant

Causes that we support

Most of the causes that we support will be funded within recognised UK charities – but all will fall within our own charitable objects. Within these objects the Trustees tend to support (in no particular order):

  • Causes introduced by members of the Company and causes in which Company members are involved.
  • Causes related to education for all ages, with a focus on core enabling skills such as financial literacy, numeracy, literacy and digital skills.
  • Causes that will increase social mobility and alleviate poverty in respect of children and youth in need.
  • Causes where the grant will make a significant difference.
  • Causes which are associated with the accountancy profession, the City or the Livery.

There is no geographic restriction but most causes supported will operate within England and Wales. Grants will typically be in the range of £250 to £3,000. The exception is our Major Project Award currently £75,000 per annum for three years.

£250 to £3,000

We will only support registered charities or other organisations whose governance and approach to safeguarding is in order and which are solvent, with Charity Commission and Companies House filings, as appropriate, submitted on time. Where members of the Company not only support an application, but have knowledge of the applicant, we see this as a key part of our decision-making due diligence.

We do not in general support causes that promote a single religion, political causes, animal welfare or medical research. We are unlikely to support individuals (other than through our Bursary scheme for ICAEW members) or sporting events.

Procedure for considering applications

Applications should be submitted on the accompanying GRANT APPLICATION FORM. No further information should be submitted, other than a safeguarding policy if appropriate. The Trustees may choose to access further information in the public domain.

The Trustees’ regular meetings are in January, March, May and September. At each meeting the Trustees will consider applications received in good time for that meeting.

At an agreed future date, the Trustees will contact those charities who receive a grant about what has been achieved, so this can be celebrated in our annual report, on our website, etc.

Any queries about the application process should be sent to the Clerk to the Charity on