The aim of the Scriveners Company Sexcentenary Charity Fund is to support and assist 'necessitous and deserving Scriveners’ and their dependants 'as the Court shall from time to time in its absolute discretion think fit’. The Charity Fund may likewise be used to support 'servants and employees of the Company' and to 'make provision for the education or vocational or other training of children of living or deceased Scriveners'.
In common with other livery companies, we support City of London-associated schools, services affiliations, the Lord Mayor's Appeal, and other charitable organisations with which the Company has an association - such as the College of Arms, the Heraldry Society and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. We also give annual prizes for Calligraphy and Illumination, and for clarity and excellence of Handwriting (the Karen Nehammer Prize) for year 6, 7, 8 and 9 pupils at schools associated with the City.
The Charity Fund may also support 'such Charitable Foundations for such Charitable Purposes as the Court shall from time to time in its absolute discretion determine and direct'.
Accordingly, the Court has currently decreed that the three main areas of this charitable giving should be as follows:
1. Conservation of books and manuscripts of historical interest
2. Literacy projects for children whose first language is not English
3. The encouragement of cultural and artistic pursuits for children, particularly those in the Outer London boroughs
It has also been decided by the Court that applications from individuals other than Scriveners, their dependents and employees of the Company cannot be considered, however deserving.
Scriveners wishing to apply for a Grant from the Sexcentenary Fund should contact the Clerk or the Company’s Almoner in the first instance.
Any applications to the Sexcentenary Fund within the three areas mentioned above should be made to the Clerk. Please note that distributions are made only once a year and that applications are considered between January and March only.