The Clothworkers Foundation - Small Grants Programme

The Clothworkers Foundation is the independent charitable arm of The Clothworkers Company. The Foundation aims to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, deprivation and/or discrimination. Grants of up to £10,000.


Applications accepted all year.

Programme Areas

The Clothworkers Foundation aims through its funding to improve the quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage. It seeks to achieve its aims primarily through making grants in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and substance misuse - projects supporting people affected by, or at risk of, drug and/or alcohol dependency, and their families. 

  • People with disabilities - projects providing services for people with physical and/or learning disabilities, and/or for people with mental health issues. (We will not fund projects which focus only on meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.)  

  • Disadvantaged minority communities - Projects that work with minority communities facing both disadvantage (e.g.: economic or cultural) AND discrimination (e.g.: due to ethnicity, sexuality, faith) to: Promote integration between minority communities and mainstream society, and/or provide specialist services, and/or provide access to mainstream services

  • Disadvantaged young people - projects which support disadvantaged young people, particularly (but not limited to) those in or leaving care, or not in employment education or training (NEET).  

  • Domestic and sexual violence - projects supporting people affected by domestic or sexual violence. 

  • Elderly people - projects providing services for elderly people, in particular those living in areas of high deprivation and/or where rural isolation is an issue.  

  • Homelessness - projects providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  

  • Prisoners and ex-offenders - projects supporting prisoners and/or ex-offenders, or those at risk of offending, and their families. 

  • Visual impairment - projects providing services for blind or visually impaired people.


What they fund

They award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects which we define as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.

  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment.

  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. They are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle.

They fund both large and small projects. The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of your capital project. Please complete their Eligibility Quiz to check your organisation's eligibility and to decide which type of application you should complete.



  • UK Registered charities/non profit orgs

  • Must be working within one or more of the programme areas the majority of the time.

  • Annual income less than £250,000

  • Max project cost £100,000

  • Max grant £10,000, average grant £7,000

  • Decision within 8 weeks


How to apply

Before you apply, read the guidelines thoroughly and ensure that your organisation is eligible and fits within our programme areas. Decide whether you wish to apply for the Main or Small grants programme.

Take the eligibility quiz to get access to an online application form for either the Main or Small grants programmes.

Find out more on the website