One of the original purposes of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers was for mutual help and charitable work; today the Company awards educational grants and supports a range of charitable causes through two Charitable Trusts: The 500th Anniversary Trust and The Seahorse Trust. ​​​

Benevolence, an old fashioned word today – was central to the early life of the Company. As with other livery Companies, the Pewterers started as an association of like-minded craftsmen. In addition to establishing high standards with their craft they contributed in particular to the expense of the very serious rituals accompanying their colleagues'  funerals.

With greater prosperity the Company and its Liverymen enlarged their benevolence to wider sections of the community.

At every step of our Company’s history, members of the Company contributed to the charitable side as best they might and numerous bequests were made. Current members of the Pewterers’ Company maintain this ancient tradition of giving personally to our Livery Company.
The Company’s two Charities currently give, in aggregate, some £200,000 in grants each year. All the grants are made within the UK and to UK registered charities. They can be split into the following main areas:

The 500th Trust​​

Our major financial commitment is through The 500th Anniversary Trust, which supports a Research Fellow
The 500th Trust 
Our major financial commitment is through The 500th Anniversary Trust, which supports a Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology working on brain disorders, specifically their relationship with heavy metals.  This Trust was established in 1974 on the 500th anniversary of the grant of our first Royal Charter.  The biennial Pewterers’ Lecture, which is mandated by the Trust Deed, is a major educational event at the Institute, which attracts renowned speakers and a wide academic audience.

The Institute of Neurology has a world class reputation for neuroscience.  Its mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into  treatments for patients with neurological diseases.  The Institute is closely associated with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
To date the Trust had supported ten Pewterers’ Fellows. The most recent Fellow, Dr Ivan Pavlov, researched the role of excitatory nerve cells in relation to Epilepsy. He has published several papers and contributed to significant publications on the subject.

In addition to individual donations from members, the Company regularly holds fundraising events for the institute in collaboration with The National Brain Appeal. To find out more about the institute co to:

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
500th Anniversary Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales: 267420
The Seahorse Trust 
The Seahorse Trust The Seahorse Trust is the Company’s principal grant-giving Trust with an endowment fund of some £2 million.  The largest proportion of its charitable grants are in Education -  mainly six bursaries to enable children, who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees, to attend the Sixth Forms of top-flight schools. These include:

City of London School:  The Worshipful Company of Pewterers Scholarship was established in 1974 by a Trust Deed between the Company and the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London.

City of London School for Girls: Established in 1974 by a Trust Deed between the Company and the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London. The award is at the absolute discretion of the Headmistress.  After means testing, the awards to the City of London Schools are enhanced by the Corporation if appropriate.
Dulwich:  The Pewterers’ Scholarship at Dulwich dates from a 1922 bequest by Past Master Harry Carr Gibbs (1856-1922, Master Pewterer 1912), who left a sum for scholarships to Dulwich for sons of members of the Company or Freemen of the City of London. Since 2003 when the scholarship was absorbed into the Pewterers’ Seahorse Charitable Trust the requirement for recipients to be sons of members of the Company or Freemen of the City of London lapsed. The amount awarded per scholar has gradually increased over the years and is now a significant percentage of the overall fees. The Company is actively involved with Dulwich and the Master frequently attends their Prize Givings and Open days.   

The Seahorse Trust has also recently agreed to fund two apprenticeships, at least, one of which will be involved in the initial trade, though the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust’s (QEST’s) Apprenticeship Scheme (see Theme 3).
The Trustees are focusing the Trust’s giving into three distinct sectors:
Theme 1 The Pewterers’ Community (The City and the Company) including the pewter industry, pewter heritage, the City of London and the Armed Forces units we support. This will include one-off discretionary grants particularly from applicants connected with the Company for the relief of poverty or need, the Church, arts and science, health or the environment.
Theme 2 Education: The Company makes its charitable support for education both practical and financial. It was one of the original founders of City and Guilds and continues to give support and provide a member of Council. It also provides a Court member for City University. We also give bursaries for students in need at Dulwich College, City of London School and City of London School for Girls (as above).

Theme 3 The Seahorse’s largest single donation in the year which usually consists of a multi-year financial support programme to a specified charity, often related to a specific project. The trustees have set various parameters to focus their selection and aim to support a charity which can build up a relationship with the Company over a three year period of funding. We invite members of the Company to propose charities and projects worthy of consideration under Theme 3. We will also be seeking applications from other sources, including directly from charities.

The Company is currently supporting the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) which funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.  The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since 1990 the Trust has awarded over £3 million to over 400 craftspeople aged between 17 and 58 for study, training and work experience.
The Pewterers Seahorse Charitable Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales: 261889
The Company accepts applications grants to the Seahorse Trust from Charities under the Themes 1 and 2 (as above). 
The Grant Criteria:
Applications for general grants should meet at least one of the following criteria:​​

  • Based in the City of London or traditional pewter manufacturing regions
  • Benefit young people who are disadvantaged
  • Benefit HM Armed Services or Cadets
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a defined timescale
Application forms:  
We will not normally award grants to:

  • Not based within the UK
  • Bricks and mortar
  • Animal welfare
  • Start up grants
  • Housing Associations
  • One-off events such as festivals
  • Overseas trips
  • Membership organisations
  • Very large charities
  • Large projects towards which a contribution from the Company would have limited impact.
  • General appeals or circulars.
  • Replacement of statutory funding.​

  • General running costs. (A reasonable proportion of overheads will be accepted as part of project costs).
  • Course fees for professionals.
  • Research projects.
  • Schools, unless a registered charity for children/young people with disabilities.
  • Fundraising events and sponsorship.
  • Holidays
  • Grants to individuals
Please download and complete (registered charity number must be included).  Alternatively call 020 7397 8190 to be sent a form.

Forms must be sent/emailed to: [email protected] 
Reference Seahorse Application.

Post: Seahorse Application, The Worshipful Company of Pewterers Pewterers’ Hall Oat Lane London EC2V 7DE.

Applications are considered and grants made in April and November.

Applications should be submitted by the last working day of March to be considered at the April meeting and October to be considered at the November meeting. 
​Please note: The Trustees prefer to channel support to a charity in which a member of the Company has an active personal interest. As the funds at our disposal are modest, the Trustees encourage applications from charities where our contribution will make a difference.

Due to the high level of applications we cannot respond individually to every application.
However we will endeavour to put forward every formal application, which meets our criteria, to the Trustees.