Charities and Fundraising

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire has been involved in charitable activities over many years. This continues and the Company has charitable involvement as The Combined Company of Cutlers’ Charitable Trust (CCCT). This comprises two funds:

  • The Company of Cutlers Charitable Trust (CCCT) was formed in 2008 from the Jane Fisher Gift, the Stuart Goodwin Charity and the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire Welfare Trust.
  • The Sir John Osborn Charitable Fund (SJO). The Trust was founded by Sir John Osborn whilst he was an MP and a Member of the Company of Cutlers. It is now managed entirely by the CCCT.

The detailed objectives are:

  •  The Company of Cutlers’ Charitable Trust – Relief of need, hardship or distress.
  •  Sir John Osborn Charitable Fund  – Recognised Charitable Objectives and the relief of sickness and protection of health.

Suitable Charities

The CCCT has donated to more than 50 charities this year but it is seeking to widen its scope. Trustees and Members of the Company are asked to keep their eyes open for organizations whose activities might fall within the objects of any of the charities listed above and inform the Clerk if they would like one to be considered for a donation.

Applications for funds –

  • Applications for funds are considered in May and November each year.
  • They must therefore be received before the end of April if they are to be considered.
  • Applications should have an explanation of what the funds are needed for.
  • Most donations are relatively small with an average of £1,500.
  • Bids for £1,000 and below need a clear explanation of what the funds are for and the impact they will have.
  • Bids £1,000-£2,000 should have a more detail with a significant impact.
  • Bids for more than £2,000 are rare and will require a very significant impact.

The application form can be downloaded and sent to the postal address below or scanned and sent electronically to Alternatively, you may complete the form and submit it online.

This is an entirely separate fund whose principal object is the preservation of the Hall. It does, however, have a remit for Education and activities such as the Joint Awards Scheme with the Worshipful Armourers and Brasiers in London and the Cutlers’ Curriculum initiative.



The Cutlers’ Grassroots Fund

This is a fund held by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYFC) created as a result of a £100,000 donation by the CCCT matched by government funding and increased by a donation from Michael and Barbara Mallett.

This is a fund to support small, local voluntary and community groups and organisations that are active in the economic improvement of South Yorkshire through strengthening and regenerating the manufacturing industries of the area. This might include projects that encourage people and help equip them with skills and knowledge.

Distributions are by the SYCF but the CCCT Trustees are asked to confirm that bids are within the objectives of the scheme. Distributions are approximately £7,000-£9,000 a year.

The Master Cutler’s Challenge

This was started in 2008 and has continued a similar format since. It uses the Master’s and Company’s names and credibility to raise funds for one of the major charities in Sheffield. It normally raises between £100,000 and £200,000 each year.

It has now been agreed that a proportion of the money raised will be paid to the Sir John Osborn Trust for payment to small charities in the City Region. The objectives of both funds limit them to activity in what is now the Sheffield City Region.