Guild Trust Grants 2016: Applications

On 26/02/2016, in Posts, by James Aylett (Court Social Assistant)

The GMS Charitable Trust exists to support Indentured & Unindentured Apprentices and full members of the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars for:

  1. educational projects and work experience in the UK or abroad;
  2. charitable activities, where the Apprentice/Member is actively engaged in fund-raising (e.g. sponsored walks, bike rides or other types of physical activity); and
  3. the benefit of distressed Members of the Guild or their widows/ers or their children.

In order to apply, please give a short description of the project [or need in the case of (3)] on a separate sheet; this should include dates, cost, other sources of funding and the benefit you (or a named charity) expect to derive. Also, please add brief details of any other qualifying projects in which you have participated in the past. For Apprentices, the form requires parental consent and the approval of your Master. Depending upon the number of applications, those who have received grants in the past may have to be disqualified in order to give others a chance to share the limited funds available.

The deadline for applications this year is Friday 1st April 2016; an application form can be downloaded here. Indentured apprentices should speak to their Apprentice Master before applying; unindentured apprentices may discuss their application and process with the Apprentice Court Assistant, and all applicants may contact the Clerk for further information or to discuss their applications.

Note that those unassociated with the Guild may not apply for grants to the Charitable Trust.

For an example of a project that has previously been awarded a grant by the Trust, please see  Charles Joseph’s report of his work volunteering for the Human Rights Law Network in India.

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