Bye-Law VI of the Craft's
Constitution declares that the funds of the Incorporation are to be
exclusively appropriated to charitable and benevolent purposes,
principally in giving aid to indigent Members and widows and
orphans of Members. How the funds are applied in satisfaction of
this objective is at the discretion of the Craft's governing body,
which is known as the Master Court.
Over the last 100 years there has
been a steady drop in the number of grantees which is a welcome
sign that the need for help has diminished. All Applications for
assistance are treated by the Craft with sympathy and understanding
and consideration of each case includes a visit by representatives
of the Master Court. Such visits are considered to be extremely
important, not just because they can often result in the
re-assurance of financial support, but also because they show that
the Craft is interested and concerned in its grantees.
Anyone admitted as a grantee can
expect to receive financial assistance from the Craft, but he or
she will also be invited to a summer outing and a trip to the
pantomime. It is not appropriate to go into details of the amounts
distributed annually to grantees, but suffice to say that the
grantees are extremely appreciative of the assistance that is
afforded to them.
In addition to providing support to
Members, their widows, widowers and dependents, the Craft also
seeks to promote the furtherance of the textile industry and trade
education. Each year the Craft awards prizes to students studying
at Glasgow Caledonian University, Strathclyde University,
Heriot-Watt University (formerly the Scottish College of Textiles
in Galashiels), Glasgow School of Art, City of Glasgow College and
Glasgow Kelvin College. In the last year over £8,000 has been
distributed in prizes and scholarships.
The good of the community in
Glasgow is not ignored by the Craft and donations are frequently
made to local charities and organisations for the advancement of
appropriate causes. Individuals are also awarded grants at the
discretion of the Master Court.
The Craft also promotes fellowship
amongst its Members by hosting various social and sporting events
throughout the year. Craft Members represent the Craft in angling,
bowling, curling and golf.