The Makers of Playing Cards Charity

(Registered Charity no. 232876)

Charity has always been an integral part of Livery companies' raison d'etre, ever since their formation, as Fraternities or Trade Guilds, in the Middle Ages.

Our connected charity, previously known as the Cutler Trust, was set up in 1943.  It was initially for beneficiaries and dependents of those who were or had been employed in the manufacture of playing cards.

Later, the objectives of the Trust were widened to provide for the relief of need, hardship and distress and the provision of financial assistance for the education, and wellbeing, for those under 25 years of age.

How to Apply for a Grant

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity is a small grant-maker and grants are generally of £1,000 in the first instance. The Charity makes grants to charitable institutions only and does not give grants to individuals. The Trustees are keen to support smaller charities with an annual voluntary income of less than £300,000 per year.

The Trustees meet to consider grant applications in May and October each year. Applications should arrive no later than the end of March for consideration in May, or the end of August for consideration in October.

The application should:

• be no longer than one side of A4.
• set out how you would spend a grant of £1,000.
• explain briefly how the work for which you seek funds meets the Makers of Playing Cards Charity’s charitable objects.
• include a copy of your most recent annual report and accounts
• be sent via email only to the Prime Almoner of the Makers of Playing Cards Charity at .

Your application will be acknowledged and in due course considered by the Trustees. You will then receive either an email to inform you that your application is unsuccessful or an offer letter setting out the terms of the grant and enclosing a cheque for the sum granted. By banking the cheque, you are deemed to have accepted the conditions of the grant.

We keep in touch with all our beneficiaries by appointing a Charity Liaison Partner who may well visit the charity and will be pleased to be invited to special events of that charity. They may also report back to the Prime Almoner on the impact of the grant.

Beneficiaries who continue to have the support of their Charity Liaison Partner will be eligible for consideration for a further grant on the anniversary of the previous grant. This further grant will be awarded automatically provided that they have given a satisfactory report on the expenditure of the previous award.

Charities may be considered for grants for periods of up to six consecutive years providing the terms of the grant have been met for each year. Charities will not normally be considered for funding covering more than six years in any 10.

The Objects of the Charity are:
“The relief or education of any person of any gender, who is or has been at any time in the manufacture of playing cards or their dependents in poor and necessitous circumstances as directed by the Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. If and insofar as income is not required for application in accordance with the above the same may be applied for one or more of the following;

1.  For relief of need in accordance with the provisions hereinafter contained
2.  In assisting persons who have not attained the age of 25 years who are in need of financial assistance and are preparing for, entering upon or engaged in any profession, trade, occupation or service, by providing them with outfits or by paying fees, travelling or maintenance expenses, or by other means for their advancement in life or enable them, to earn their living;
3.  In otherwise promoting the education (including the social and physical training) of such persons

Recent Grants

A selection of some grants recently made by our charity:

Supports training for young people in rowing and sailing.

Bloomfield Learning Centre
An assessment and teaching unit for children and young adults with specific learning difficulties.

Bounce Back
Helps educate ex-offenders to get employment through education mainly in building trades especially painting and decorating.

CRiBS Charitable Trust
This organisation helps children who have not had the best start in life. They may come from difficult backgrounds; there may be special needs, bereavement or bullying.

Disability Foundation
Complementary therapy charity based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore.

Eastside Young Leaders Academy
Works with young people who have been identified as being at risk of educational under-achievement.

Grief Encounter
The Family Programme helps hundreds of grieving children each year in Barnet, Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Essex, and Bournemouth.

Highlights operates in London’s poorest areas to alleviate the effects of poverty and deprivation.

Home-Start Wandsworth
A small local charity providing emotional and practical support to vulnerable families who have at least one child under the age of five.

Island Trust
A sail training charity based in Plymouth that has supported
young people for over 40 years.

Works with hard to reach 10-23-year old’s in Bromley.

Established in 1970 to support families with a disabled child.

Kids N’ Action
Charity set up in 2003, providing holiday activities to 60 disadvantaged young people.

London Children’s Ballet
Grant towards the training and development of both the LCB’s dancers and disadvantaged and special needs children.

London Youth Choir
The London Youth Choir Bursary Programme is key to helping provide a world-class music provision for all young people across the 33 boroughs of London, regardless of background or financial circumstance.

Based near Finsbury Park and provides a respite centre and telephone support line for those going through suicidal crisis.

Runs a 32-acre park and farm on the Isle of Dogs, offering enormous life-enhancing experiences for children.

Pan Intercultural Arts
Experienced artist-facilitators run annual 40- week programmes for groups of 20-25 young trafficked women.

School-Home Support
Tackles the huge problem of persistent school absenteeism, usually caused by severe disadvantage at home, by helping affected children receive a proper education.

Suited and Booted
Provides clothing for those seeking work but unable to afford interview clothing.

Vacation Chamber Orchestra
Funding towards the provision of professional training and performance opportunities for young musicians aged 16-24.

Youth on the Move
A charity established in 2016 to meet the growing need of disadvantaged young people in the deprived areas of Hackney and Haringey.

To suggest charitable grant proposals, please contact the Prime Almoner:  Court Assistant Mrs Barbara Ide

To download the Charity Brochure PDF  file, please click the following button:


The Makers of Playing Cards Charity, Trustees Meeting:
The meetings of the Trustees in May and October, which are dedicated to the business side of the Trust, and will discuss nominations for grants.

To share any fundraising ideas please contact the Prime Almoner, Court Assistant Mrs Barbara Ide or the Assistant Almoner, Liveryman Dave Brennan.

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