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Grants for Small Charities

Timetable of Trustees' Grantmaking Meetings

All eligible applications are considered by the Trustees of the Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust.  The Trustees meet three times a year as follows:

  • February (applications close 31st December)
  • May (applications close 30th April)
  • September (applications close 31st August)


Applicants should

  • be charities registered in the UK (with the Charity Commission of England Wales, the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland)
  • be operating either nationally throughout the UK or in London (defined as within the M25). 
  • have had income below £500,000 in the last financial year for which full accounts are available
  • be operating in one of the following categories: Community or Armed Forces; Children, Youth or General Education; Health or Medical; the Arts, Arms or Armour; Christian Mission or Human Rights.


Applicants should not

  • have received a grant from the Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust in the previous year ending 31st March as we do not give recurrent grants 
  • be applying for general maintenance, repair or restoration of buildings
  • be applying for sponsorship as individuals
  • be applying for the benefit of an individual
  • be applying for charities or projects outside the UK.

Application Method

    All applications must be made online using the application form provided. You will be asked some questions to verify your eligibility before you can access the full form.  As part of the application process you will be asked to upload your most recent financial statements. If you are a new charity and do not yet have audited accounts, you should upload your budget and/or business plan for the year.

    General Guidance for Applicants

    We give small grants in the range of £500 to £1,500. The Trustees will consider requests for funding for specific projects or for core costs. In either case, applicants are advised to indicate how a small grant will be of significant benefit. You may wish to identify a particular cost or project area to which our small grant would make a substantial contribution. If your accounts show a substantial cash balance you may wish to explain why this is the case.

    "We are a small charity run entirely by volunteers, so have no staff or office costs. Your kind award will enable us to continue to fund the production of newsletters and DVDs which are sent to all our members, update publications such as our information booklet and support research into this uncommon eye condition."

    The UK Keratoconus Group

    The UK Keratoconus Group was awarded a grant of £1,235

    Application Form

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