Three key areas where we are looking to make a difference:

  • Education in Prisons
  • Mental Health
  • Food and Nutrition 

December 2023 Update:

We are pleased to accept Expressions of Interest ahead of our next funding round in March 2024. The new Expression of Interest stage is designed to be quick and straightforward for prospective applicants, ultimately saving time spent on applications that we are unable to fund. The Fishmongers’ Company’s Charitable Trust has limited funds available for new grant making each year, and we are only able to fund a small proportion of the applications received.

To be considered for our March 2024 funding round, please complete the Expression of Interest form at the link below by the end of the day on Monday 11th December.

We will notify you of whether or not we are able to accept a full application from your organisation. If we are able to, you will be sent a link to our application form by email before Monday 18th December.

The deadline for full applications for the March funding round will be the end of the day on Monday 22nd January.

In summary:

  • We are unable to fund activity that is not clearly within one of our three thematic focus areas of Food & Nutrition, Mental Health and Education in Prisons. Within Mental Health, we have a focus on suicide prevention, but are also open to applications for other work supporting people who experience mental illness.  Within the area of Food & Nutrition, our priority remains projects benefitting children and young people from low-income backgrounds and work focused on education and training around food and healthy eating.
  • For Food & Nutrition and Mental Health projects, we are only able to fund projects taking place in the London boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Westminster, or in the City of London. For Education in Prison projects, we will accept applications for activities taking place in prisons nationally.
  • We are also unable to offer grants to organisations with an annual income of under £100k or over £5 million.

Please read the relevant sections below to find out more about our criteria.


An application will only be considered where it meets the following criteria:

  • Submitted by a Registered Charity, Social Enterprise or Community Interest Company
  • Clearly identifies key objectives and measurable outcomes
  • Is made by the organisation delivering the activity, service or project. i.e. applications cannot be made on behalf of a third party
  • From an organisation whose annual income is not below £100,000 and does not exceed £5,000,000
  • Requesting funding for a specific project rather than for general funds and to those

In the case of Mental Health and Food & Nutrition applications, for activity taking place within the City of London and the Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham 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.

Please be advised that applications which do not fulfill the preferred criteria are highly unlikely to be successful.

Applications will not be considered from:

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

How much do you fund?

Applications at this time will be considered for between £15,000 and £30,000 per annum, agreed in principle for up to three years, i.e. up to £90,000 in total spread over three years. In the case of multi-year grants, years 2 and 3 are provisional and successive payments will be made following a satisfactory annual review of the funded work and an organisation’s most recent accounts.

Who can apply?

We only accept grant applications from registered charities, social enterprises or community interest companies.   The organisation applying has to be the one delivering activity, service or project, we do not accept applications on behalf of a third party. We also do not accept applications from individuals or organisations applying on behalf of an individual’s behalf or organisations with political associations or purposes. The organisation applying needs to identify clearly key objectives and outcomes.

We do not meet your preferences, can we still apply?

If your income is over £5 million pounds or your project is operating outside of our preferred areas of within the City of London and the Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets or Westminster, or are seeking funding for general purposes rather than a specific project, but still meet the other criteria an application is very unlikely to be successful, please contact the Grants Officer to discuss.

I’ve successfully applied for a grant before, can I apply again?

Please contact the Grants Officer to discuss.

I’ve applied, what next?

Once you have submitted your application form and accompanying documents, our Grant Officer will contact you to acknowledge your application.  She may request further information if needed.  The application will be formally accessed and if eligible will be submitted to the next Philanthropy and Grants meeting.  Once they have made their decision, you will then be contacted to be informed of their decision.  Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive, there may be a delay in hearing back from us at all stages of the application process.

My grant application was unsuccessful, can I have feedback and when I can I next apply?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot always offer you feedback on unsuccessful applications.  If you were unsuccessful, you may apply again; there is no minimum wait to re-apply.  We suggest you contact our Grants Officer to discuss.

I still have questions, what shall I do?

Please contact our Grants Officer through our enquiry form, on the Contact Us page.  Remember to choose ‘Philanthropy & Grants Team’ in the drop-down menu entitled Enquiry Type when filling out the enquiries form, to ensure it goes to the correct department.

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