More than 30 good causes
across Greater Glasgow and surrounding areas have benefited from
grants totalling £47,642 from the Trades House of Glasgow
Commonweal Fund, in one of two rounds of funding it awards each
Nine of the 35 recipients are the result of a unique funding
partnership with the STV Trust.
The recipients gathered at an awards ceremony in the Trades
Hall, home to the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts,
where they were awarded sums between £200 and £6,000.
Just one of many charitable trusts operated by the Trades House,
the centuries-old Commonweal Fund supports the community with
grants for social improvement, including training for young people,
charitable initiatives, educational schemes and child welfare. More
than £100,000 has already been awarded in the last year alone to a
wide range of charities and organisations.
"Our Commonweal Fund is managed by a committee of volunteers,
who carefully consider the hundreds of applications we receive,
before making their recommendations on who should benefit from the
biannual awards," said Ruth Maltman, Deacon Convener of the Trades
of Glasgow. "With so many well deserving good causes, this always
proves a great, but rewarding, challenge.
"As the Commonweal Fund's objectives are well aligned with the
STV Trust's support for children in poverty in Scotland, we widened
our giving by agreeing to donate £50,000 to its Children's Appeal
last year. These funds have been ring fenced for projects proposed
by us that address child poverty in Greater Glasgow, which are then
supported by additional funding from the STV Trust. This means more
funding and, in many cases, equates to double the amount we are
able to award jointly to those who approach us, which is great news
for such valuable causes. In this round of awards, the nine
projects directly benefiting from the STV Trust input amounts to
The diverse range of organisations awarded funds this month
include Contact the Elderly Glasgow, Milton Arts Project, Ocean
Youth Trust Scotland, Noble Arts Amateur Boxing Club, Reidvale
Adventure Playground, Street Connect, Parkhead Community Garden,
Pathfinder Dogs and the Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer
Application forms will be available online soon at: www.tradeshouse.org.uk/commonweal for the
second round of Commonweal Fund grants to be awarded this
September. Closing date for applications is Friday 29 July 2016
A little bit of history
The Commonweal Fund- according to its Deed of Trust, the
Commonweal Fund is to support "any good and pious use, which
may tend to the advancement of the commonweal of the Burgh. Good
and pious use should be interpreted in the widest sense, having in
view the custom and practice of the House since 1605."
For more than 200 years, the Trades House of Glasgow has
regularly contributed, without any obligation, to the benefit of
the City's poor, as well as during times of distress, such as those
in need of food. It made grants to various war funds, both local
and national, during the 18th, 19th and
20th centuries. For building schemes, special and even
ordinary purposes, it also made grants to the University of
Glasgow, to public, charitable and educational institutions,
including all the City's infirmaries and hospitals, and local
schemes for social improvement.
The Commonweal Fund committee has a free hand to make grants for
social improvement of child welfare, social and moral youth
training, charitable and educational schemes, and initiatives for
the advancement of education, scientific study or research.
All charitable and educational organisations, which assist the
poor in general, can be offered support, with the exception of
those nationalised under the National Health Services Act.
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