In the 17th century some Londoners entrusted funds to their livery companies to purchase or endow Church Livings in the more remote or religiously conservative parts of England. The Mercers' Company was the recipient of a number of such benefactions.
Today, the Company is patron, either on its own or jointly with others, of a number of benefices in the Church of England (listed below).
The programme recognises the critical role that churches and other community based organisations play in creating stronger communities and better outcomes for families.
- St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, with St Ann, Blackfriars and St Martin, Ludgate
- The Aylsham and District Team Ministry
- South Cotswold Team Ministry
- Hexham Abbey, Northumberland
- Kirton-in-Holland, with Algarkirk and Fosdyke (aka The Kirton Group)
- Scremerston, Spittal and Tweedmouth
- South Lawres Group (with Barlings churches)
- Washingborough with Heighington and Canwick (aka The Washingborough Group of Churches
Our programme supports churches, as well as other faith and secular community based organisations.
We want to fund organisations that will strengthen communities and families; building positive inclusive relationships between people, increasing a sense of belonging and reducing isolation.
We will consider applications for funding in the areas where the Company has links through its patronage of Church Livings and other historic associations.
These areas are:
- North East (County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Tees Valley)
We prefer to support organisations that are locally rooted and focused.
We are looking for proposals that support:
- Disadvantaged areas and communities that are coming together to address what is important to them; or
- Community responses to supporting people who are refugees or homeless.
We are looking for proposals that provide support for:
- Families facing poverty or other challenges; or
- Carers and their families.