The charities listed below are just some of those regularly supported by the City of London and its livery companies, (in most cases) over very many years, and with strong historical connections with the City. Treloars, for example, the college for severely disabled young people, was founded by Lord Mayor Treloar in 1908, whilst the City Music Foundation was the brainchild of Lord Mayor Gifford in 2013.

In total, the livery companies collectively donate over £40M to charities each year. The City Bridge Trust (effectively the City of London’s charitable arm) gives a similar amount annually to good causes.


It has always been the tradition of Livery Companies to look out for their members who couldn't work, or those who were sick and the elderly. Livery Almshouses were originally established for the primary purpose of providing for disadvantaged members of the Company. About 18 livery companies retain this role, but nowadays usually to provide sheltered accommodation for elderly people in the geographic area of their almshouse(s). Eligibilty criteria will be decided by the Trustees, and candidates will typically be invited to attend an interview.

A list of livery companies that have almshouses is at the foot of this page.

More on this subject from The Almshouses Association.

Additionally, The Charterhouse provides similar accommodation for single men over sixty years of age, at Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN

Brokerage Citylink - introducing young Londoners to City careers

Cadet Link 2015 issue - the magazine celebrating the Livery Company support of London's military cadet units, published by the RFCA.

City Bridge Trust - The City of London's major charitable foundation

City and Metropolitan Welfare Charity - Small grant giving charity

City Music Foundation provides professional musicians in the UK in their early work with expert advice, to help them to build successful careers.

English Clergy Association - exists to support in fellowship the clergy, patrons, and others with an interest in the Church of England.

Lord Mayor’s Appeal - programme of events

Mansion House Scholarship Schemesupports overseas students on degree courses at British Universities or for training  in the United Kingdom's financial services industry. 

Red Cross Christmas Market at Guildhall - tba November -  December 2017

Sheriffs' & Recorder's Fund - A charity based at the Old Bailey, to support ex offenders.

Stepping ForwardA Tribute to the Volunteer Military Reservists and Supporting Auxiliaries of Greater London

Treloar's Today - Spring 2017 edition of the College E-News

Treloar's - to utilise the College's excellent and competitive printing services, contact or telephone 01420 547424

Livery Companies that have Almshouses.

(NB Livery Companies are continually reviewing their invlovement with almshouses, and this list may change.)

Brewers' Company

Butchers' Company

Coopers' Company

Cordwainers' Company

Drapers' Company

Dyers' Company

Fishmongers' Company

Framework Knitters' Company

Girdlers' Company

Haberdashers' Company

Ironmongers' Company

Leathersellers' Company

Mercers' Company

Merchant Taylors' Company

Pewterers' Company

Salters' Company

Skinners' Company

Watermen's Company

Weavers' Company

© Nigel Pullman 2017