The Salters' Charitable Foundation

Charitable giving has always been at the heart of the Salters’ Company and its members.  The Salters’ Charitable Foundation (SCF) upholds this 600-year old philanthropic tradition by distributing grants and donations to a wide range of causes that make a positive contribution to society and affect wider change.

Larger grants and bursaries are also awarded each year, focused on the following main priority themes:

  • London Citizenship & Community Development
  • Education (with a preference for science education at school and university level)
  • Projects supporting the elderly
  • Support for underserved and vulnerable communities

Small annual contributions are made at the discretion of the SCF Charities Committee to organisations which are close to Salters’ hearts, including City institutions our military affiliates and charities with personal connections.

SCF works with a limited number of affiliated schools and gives bursaries/ scholarships to students who show promise in Chemistry and its related disciplines.

As well as these main grant streams SCF is also able, where funds allow, to make small one-off grants to causes of particular interest, emergency appeals and charities identified by our members.

Our grant application process

Who can apply:  Registered Charities and Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)

Organisation size:  Annual income/ Revenue up to £1m

Location of work:  City of London and adjoining boroughs

Funding covers:  The funding can be for core or projects costs

We don't fund:

  • Individuals
  • Capital costs
  • General appeals or financial support for costs that have already been incurred

Grant size: Grants are likely to be in the range £500 to £5,000 per year. A maximum of £10,000 per year might be possible in exceptional cases. In some cases, grants may be across two years, depending on the activities / project duration.

Decision time: up to six months (The Charities Committee meets three times a year in February, June and October)

Funding decision:
Under SCF’s grant making policy, the Charities Committee and Development Team identify potential recipient organisations rather than receive applications. The Committee is keen to support organisations that can demonstrate collaboration and partnership with their beneficiaries as well as similar organisations in the sector.

We do not usually respond to unsolicited applications, however, if you feel your work or project meets our criteria, you may send an Expression of Interest (EoI) outlining the work or project in no more than 100 words along with your most recent audited or examined annual accounts and amount expected to the Charities Manager at  If your EoI matches our funding priority at the time, we will invite you to complete a full application and further guidance will be provided.

If you have any questions or concerns as to whether your project meets the Foundation’s funding criteria please do email us and we will be happy to help.

Please do not send any information in the post as we do not have the capacity to review or store material that we have not requested.