Grant Giving


In accordance with the scheme of the Charity Commission establishing Southwark (Christchurch & St Mary’s) Charities the income of the charity must in the first instance be used for the maintenance of the almshouses and the administration and governance of the charity, the trustees then at their discretion may pay annuities to elderly persons resident in the area of benefit and who are judged to be in need; however, preference is given to those residing in the London Borough of Southwark.

Currently some 180 persons are in receipt of an annuity of £200 per annum.


Southwark Charities makes to grants to a range of local groups and charities who are working with elderly people; organisations such as the Blackfriars Settlement, People Care, Southwark Explorers Club, Walworth Golden Oldies, AGE UK, the Goodrich Club, the Friday Club, and several Tenants & Residents Associations, have all received grants to promote the social and community wellbeing of the older citizens of Southwark.


Assistance towards the cost of a holiday is available through the Joseph Collier Holiday Trust to persons over the age of 60 years and residing in the area of the former Metropolitan Borough of Southwark.  The current maximum grant is £200 per person and is limited to 40 applicants per year.


St Mary Newington Educational Foundation under the terms of the Charity Commission Scheme must distribute not less than 40% of its income to the four named Church of England schools within the Ancient Parish of St Mary Newington. These schools are:

St Paul’s CoE Primary School, Lorrimer Square
St John’s CoE Primary School, Larcom Street
St Peter’s CoE Primary School, Liverpool Grove
ARK All Saints Academy, Wyndham Road

The balance of its income may be used at the discretion of the trustees for grants to schools in the area of benefit and providing financial assistance to pupils attending those schools.  All grants must be for educational purposes.

Application forms for all the above grants may be obtained from the Charities Office.