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Philanthropy & Grants


As with most Livery Companies, we support education and other charities. The Company’s charitable ethos is entrenched in its history and present-day activities, in many cases bringing practical support and tangible benefits to individuals and groups across our community.

For over 460 years the Company has been closely involved with Gresham’s School at Holt in Norfolk, which was established by Sir John Gresham in 1555. The School remains the largest recipient of the Charitable Trust’s educational funding, and several members of the Company are Governors of the School.  We also provide scholarships to a number of other schools and colleges, including for the arts (mainly music), and for medicine (the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Scholarships). In 1970, with the support of other Livery Companies, we were instrumental in enabling the City and Guilds of London Art School, to become an independent charity, which we continue to support today.

The Company is the corporate trustee of a number of charities established by the Company or by other benefactors. The largest of these is the Fishmongers’ Company’s Charitable Trust (Registered Charity Number 263690).



  • Education in Prisons
  • Mental Health
  • Food and Nutrition

Applications will be considered for between £15,000 and £50,000, payable for up to three years, i.e. up to £150,000 in total spread over three years. In the case of multi-year grants, successive payments will be dependent upon receipt of a satisfactory report for the preceding year.



An application will only be considered where it

  • Fits clearly within one, or more, of the stated fields
  • Is from a registered Charity, Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company
  • Clearly identifies key objectives and outcomes
  • Is made by the organisation delivering the activity, service or project. i.e. applications cannot be made on behalf of a third party.

Preference will be given to applicants

  • Whose annual income does not exceed £1,000,000
  • Requesting funding for a specific project rather than for general funds, and to those
  • Operating within the City of London and the Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets or Westminster.

N.B. We historically have received many more applications than we are able to fund. Thus, whilst many applications might fit the criteria, not all will be successful.

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Individuals, or organisations applying on their behalf
  • Charities with political associations or purposes.

The Process

  • Applicants are to complete and submit the online form, including all requested supporting documents
  • Applications will be acknowledged
  • If any further information is required, you will be contacted prior to formal assessment
  • Following initial assessment, the strongest applications will be taken forward to the next Philanthropy Committee meeting for formal consideration
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome.­­­­

How to Apply

We hope that having read the above, you are keen to submit an application. You will require your organisation’s registration details and the following supporting documents:

  • A complete budget for the proposed project or scheme of work

  • The most recent set of your organisation's annual report and accounts



Email: grants@fishhall.org.uk
phone: 020 7626 0889