In common with all other livery companies, one of our main objectives is to support charitable causes, which we do through grants and donations to City of London-associated schools, church funds, services affiliations, the Lord Mayor's Appeal, and other organisations - such as the College of Arms, the Heraldry Society and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators - with a connection to the art and skill of 'scrivening'. We also give annual prizes for Calligraphy and Illumination, and for clarity and excellence of Handwriting (the Karen Nehammer Prize) for year 7, 8 and 9 pupils at schools associated with the City.
The Master may occasionally make one or two small discretionary grants when circumstances allow, but our funds are very limited and we are unable to respond to individual appeals for funding, however deserving. In fact, it is always one of the Clerk's saddest duties to decline, with regret, the many requests that we receive, almost on a weekly basis, for support in many worthy endeavours. We wish it were otherwise.