Please note that the Charity does not fund individuals (incl students), only registered charities.The City & Metropolitan Welfare Charity ("the Charity") gives grants exclusively to charities registered with the U.K. Charity Commission. Projects funded are usually delivered in London. Generally grants go to charities where the grant will make a difference and where the Trustees can see how the money is being used. Please note that charities not registered with the U.K. Charity Commission are not eligible to apply.

  • The Trustees are concerned that their grant support will make a real difference to the work of applicant organisations.
  • Generally, the Trustees assist small charities with annual incomes of up to £3m.
  • The Trustees fund projects, but are willing to consider core funding.
  • The Trustees encourage applications related to prisoners, ex-offenders and their families.
Restrictions and exclusions

The Charity will not assist:

  • individuals
  • large national or international charities†
  • animal welfare
  • publications, journals or campaigning
  • general appeals
  • any charity whose beneficiaries are restricted to particular faiths
  • medical research
  • arts organisations, unless there is a strong social welfare focus to the work (e.g. community arts projects)


  1. We are a newly registered charity, can we apply?
    We require one year’s audited accounts to be available at the CC website. If you have not been operating as a charity long enough to have at least one year’s audited accounts, you are not eligible to apply.

  2. How much should we apply for?
    We no longer have any defined limits to the size of grants we are willing to make.†

  3. We have previously made an unsuccessful application. How soon can we re-apply?
    We ask that you wait 18 months between submitting applications, but you may be wasting your time.

  4. Does the Trust have any geographical restrictions on its funding?
    Whilst our Scheme of Management directs us to the City of London, the trustees have interpreted this with some latitude, conscious that offenders from London often serve their sentence, and are released, from prisons all over England. Hence any English charity may apply.

  5. Can we apply for Core Costs?
    We prefer to assist specific projects where we can assess the impact of our support. However, we also consider applications relating to general funds, or core costs.

You may wish to review our†accounts†for details of all previously awarded grants.

If you have any further questions regarding your eligibility, please email

Registered charity number 205943

© Nigel Pullman 2022