The Drapers Fund

The Trades House of Glasgow Drapers' Fund   supports children, aged up to and including 17 years of age and their carers in the wider Glasgow area where there is great and urgent need.

Grants to the adopter of a child (or to the guardian of an orphaned adopted child) may be awarded in case where hardship is shown. 

Who is eligible?

UK residents, people with the right to remain in the UK or Asylum seekers with Home Office approval 

Please note that the Trades House of Glasgow Drapers Fund is unable to help with the following: rent, rent arrears, council tax, council tax arrears, funeral costs, holidays, items, support and personal effects which Councils are legally required to provide including shelter and accomodation, cosmetic repairs and improvements, items and treatments which the state provides and support for people who are still drug and/or alcohol dependant

How to apply?

Applications to the Drapers Fund must be made using the application form. Please use the link below to download the application form and return by email or post. Please pay particular attention to the request for information about how the grant will be used, if awarded. 

Please note: Two signatures are required before the application form can be submitted. 

The applicants full address must be stated on the form. Please click here to check the list of Supported Postcodes

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What happens after making an application?

Your application will be submitted to the Drapers Fund Committee who will reach a decision about granting funds or declining the request. The Committee meet every 6-8 weeks

The next meeting date is Monday 29th October 2018. Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October 2018

Please note if an award is successful, grants will not be made payable to individuals as this is a supervised spend award


For more information, contact Katrina or call 0141 553 1605

A little bit of history
In 1918 Mr James Inglis, draper of Argyle Street, Glasgow, established the Drapers' Fund to be held by the Trades House of Glasgow in trust for charitable purposes in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Mr Inglis added to the capital of the fund on various occasions, the last being in October 1928.At the end of the Great War in 1918 and the years immediately following, there was a clear need to help the City's impoverished. At the present time the same need exists albeit for different reasons. For example, families are suffering from the effects of the misuse of drugs. In consequence there have been a considerable number of cases where monies have been given to provide essential clothing including shoes for children in the care of grandparents or other relatives.In considering appeals the Manager is assisted by a committee of three, supported by the administration of Trades House. The Committee meets regularly to avoid long waiting periods before applicants are advised of the result of their appeal. The total amount available for distribution on a yearly basis is now circa £50,000.00  

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