MPC Charity

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity

(Registered Charity No.232876)

Charity has always been an integral part of Livery companies' existence, ever since their formation, usually as Fraternities or Trade Guilds, in the Middle Ages.

Our connected charity, known as the MPCC, was set up in 1943. It was initially for beneficiaries and dependents of those who were or had been employed in the manufacture of playing cards.

Later, the objectives of the Trust were widened to provide for the relief of need, hardship and distress, especially among children, and the provision of financial assistance for the education, and well-being, for those under 25.

Chairman of Trustees,
Captain Michael Davis-Marks OBE RN

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The Objectives of the Charity

The Trust was established to “The relief or education of any person of any gender, who is or has been at any time in the manufacture of playing cards or their dependents in poor and necessitous circumstances as directed by the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards…”

More recently, the Trust’s objectives were widened to include the assistance of persons under the age of 25 years who are in need of financial assistance through the promotion of their education and their general advancement in life.

Grants to Beneficiary Charities

The Trust supports a variety of Charities associated with the welfare and support of Children, the education of Children, and for the relief of need and hardship among young people under 25 years.


How to Apply for a Grant

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity is a small grant-maker and grants are generally of £1,000 in the first instance. The Charity makes grants to charitable institutions only and does not give grants to individuals. The Trustees are particularly keen to support smaller charities with an annual voluntary income of less than £300,000 per year.

The Trustees meet to consider grant applications in May and October each year. Applications should arrive no later than the end of March for consideration in May, or the end of August for consideration in October.

The application should:
• be no longer than one side of A4.
• set out how you would spend a grant of £1,000.
• explain briefly how the work for which you seek funds meets the Makers of Playing Cards Charity’s charitable objectives.
• include a copy of your most recent annual report and accounts
• be sent via email only to the Prime Almoner of the Makers of Playing Cards Charity at: charityalmoners@makersofplayingcards.co.uk

Your application will be acknowledged and in due course considered by the Trustees. You will then receive either an email to inform you that your application is unsuccessful or an offer letter setting out the terms of the grant and enclosing a cheque for the sum granted. By banking the cheque, you are deemed to have accepted the conditions of the grant.

Charity Liaison

We keep in touch with all our beneficiaries by appointing a Charity Liaison Partner who may well visit the charity and will be pleased to be invited to special events of that charity. They may also report back to the Prime Almoner on the impact of the grant.

Beneficiaries who continue to have the support of their Charity Liaison Partner will be eligible for consideration for a further grant on the anniversary of the previous grant. Charities may be considered for grants for periods of up to six consecutive years providing the terms of the grant have been met for each year. Charities will not normally be considered for funding covering more than six years in any 10.


HOW OUR DONATIONS HELP

A SMALL SELECTION OF CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY MPCC



BLOOMFIELD LEARNING CENTRE CHARITY

WHAT THEY DO
An assessment and teaching unit for children and young adults with specific learning difficulties.

Visit their website for more information

 


EASTSIDE YOUNG LEADERS' ACADEMY

WHAT THEY DO
Work with young people who have been identified as being at risk of educational under-achievement.

Visit their website for more information


ENGLISH BRIDGE Education & Development- 

WHAT THEY DO

One of our most inspiring long-term projects concerns Mini-Bridge and the ‘Bridge for Youth’ initiative, where MPCC partners with the English Bridge Education & Development Charity (EBED)
Visit their website for more information

EBED has already developed mini-bridge materials and know-how to get primary school children playing cards as part of the maths curriculum. This assists with mental arithmetic, analytical skills and reasoning powers. Playing mini-bridge also develops communication skills.

Through ‘Bridge for Youth’ we have funded the recruitment of a Youth Officer/Project Manager to roll-out the excellent materials to a much wider audience across the country.

 

A positive benefit to all Company Members is that, with EBED’s kind permission, we have made available a complete set of mini-bridge materials.
Find out about Mini Bridge. Please look at these even if you are non-bridge players as you will find mini-bridge to be a fun game for adults, children or grandchildren (and, indeed, any combination).

Company Members are already using them for teaching in schools or playing cards with grandchildren. If you have any questions, please contact Court Assistant Nick Prentice who is leading on the ‘Bridge for Youth’ initiative.

 


YOUTH ON THE MOVE (LONDON)

WHAT THEY DO

A charity established in 2016 to meet the growing need of disadvantaged young people in the deprived areas of Hackney and Haringey.

Visit their website for more information


WORLD HEART BEAT MUSIC ACADEMY

WHAT THEY DO
The World Heart Beat Music Academy envisions a world
where music, as a universal form of communication,
bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers.

Visit their website for more information

 


CHILD RESCUE NEPAL

WHAT THEY DO
We work with local police to raid the factories and restaurants
where children are held captive. We take the children to one
of our safe houses, where they receive medical attention and
counselling.

Visit their website for more information


FELIX FUND BOMB DISPOSAL CHARITY

WHAT THEY DO
Felix Fund exists to help any military or SO15 (Metropolitan Police
Counter Terrorism Unit) personnel who have conducted or assisted
with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and search duties.

Visit their website for more information


OTHER CHARITIES WE HAVE SUPPORTED

Action for Stammering Children
A specialised charity providing help for children aged 2-18 who stammer, by providing the support and help with speech training and language therapists.

CRiBS Charitable Trust
This organisation helps children who have not had the best start in life. They may come from difficult backgrounds; there may be special needs, bereavement or bullying.

Home-Start Wandsworth
A small local charity providing emotional and practical support to vulnerable families who have at least one child under the age of five.

Island Trust
A sail training charity based in Plymouth that has supported
 disadvantaged or disabled
 young people for over 40 years.

JusB
Works with hard to reach 10-23-year olds in Bromley.

London Youth Choir
The London Youth Choir Bursary Programme is key to helping provide a world-class music provision for all young people across the 33 boroughs of London, regardless of background or financial circumstance.

Pan Intercultural Arts
Experienced artist-facilitators run annual 40- week programmes for groups of 20-25 young trafficked women.

Sunbeams
The charity provides a safe, understanding and secure setting for children affected by autism and related conditions

Teen Action
Teen Action serves the inner-city boroughs of Hackney and Haringey by improving the lives of disengaged, deprived, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and disadvantaged young people through tailored training, support and career advice.

Vacation Chamber Orchestra
Funding towards the provision of professional training and performance opportunities for young musicians aged 16-24.


To suggest charitable grant proposals, please contact:       

Prime Almoner: Court Assistant Mrs Barbara Ide
e-mail: charityalmoners@makersofplayingcards.co.uk