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The Haberdashers’ Company was founded in the 14th Century and is one of the `Great Twelve’ Livery Companies of the City of London. Over the years the emphasis of the Company’s activity has changed from the control of the trade of haberdashery in the City of London to administering the charitable foundations established through donations and bequests made by members of the Company.


Through the Company’s four main grant-making foundations 306 grants and donations totalling £989,227 were made in the year to June 2018. Support was also provided for the Company’s schools, parishes and affiliations.


Grants and donations in the year to 30 June 2018 were distributed as follows:

Education and training  63%
Welfare 32%
Christianity and the Church 3%


Support for Individuals


Grants from the Haberdashers’ Education Foundation are only available for pupils or former pupils of Haberdasher Schools. Assistance from the Haberdashers’ Benevolent Foundation is only available to Freemen of the Company, their widows or children, who are in need, hardship or distress and who are resident in the UK.


For further information please contact your school (or former school) if you are a pupil or former pupil of a Haberdasher School, or contact 


Support for Charitable Organisations

Our grant funding programmes are currently under review.  For information on the revised grants programmes going forward please check this section of the website again in early Summer 2019.