The Trades House of
Glasgow Commonweal Fund is available
to charities and organisations within the city of Glasgow and
surrounding areas. The committee is made up of 14 individuals
including Trustees of the Trades House of Glasgow. Meetings of the
Commonweal Fund committee take place in March and September each
year. Awards are made to successful organisations at a presentation
evening within The Trades Hall of Glasgow.
Before making an application
please note that:
- Awards cannot be used to finance operating costs or staff costs
unless they are related to staff training costs to deliver a
- Awards for property or property related costs will only qualify
if they relate to fitting out spaces for designated projects;
purchasing equipment to allow access for disabled people, or
building related expenditure where the building is used for
delivery of a charity related project/purpose. Expenditure related
to hire of premises will be excluded.
- Awards for transport or vehicles will only qualify if it is for
the purchase or part purchase of vehicles to move beneficiaries of
the charity, emergency equipment or medical supplies. Expenditure
related to staff vehicles, maintenance of vehicles and insurance
will be excluded.
- Applications should include evidence of charitable status,
current funding, and the use you are making of that.
- Projects should be demonstrated to be practical and
- It is a condition of any grant given that a report is made as
to how the funds have been used.
- Grants not used for the purposes stated, must be
- If successful, applicants may not apply again for a
minium of 2 years
meeting: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Closing date for entries:
Friday 6th January 2018
Awards Presentation Evening: Wednesday 28th March
TO APPLY: Complete the application form using the link
below and submit by e-mail or post along with the necessary
information. Please also pay particular attention to
the list of Supported Postcodes at the back of the application
A little bit of history
In terms of the Deed of Trust the
revenue in the Commonweal Fund is to be used for any good and
pious use which may tend to the advancement of the "commonweal" of
the Burgh. "Good and pious use" is to be interpreted in the widest
sense having in view the custom and practice of the House since
For two hundred years the Trades House
of Glasgow regularly contributed, without any obligation to do so,
for the benefit of the general poor of the City and during times of
distress for food for the inhabitants. It made grants to the
various war funds, local and national during the Eighteenth,
Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. For building schemes and for
special and even ordinary purposes it also made grants to the
University, to public charitable and educational institutions in
the City, including all the Infirmaries and Hospitals and to local
schemes for social improvement.
The Committee has a free hand to make
grants to all schemes for social improvement. Child welfare; social
and moral training of youth; charitable and educational schemes,
and schemes for the advancement of education or for scientific
study or research.
All charitable and educational
institutions may therefore be assisted as well as charitable
societies which assist the poor in general, as apart from their
members and members' families only, but not those institutions
which have been nationalised under the Health Services Act.
For more information, contact Katrina on 0141 553