The principle areas of support are:
- General Welfare (including care for the elderly): This is restricted to charities working in Greater London and known areas of deprivation in the South East of England.
- Education: There is a strong geographical priority for work in London and in particular areas of the West Midlands-Walsall, Sandwell and Telford.
- Support for the Christian Faith: Support for the Christian faith, applications are also considered from those parts of the UK where the Mercers’ Company has close links with particular churches and communities. See the website for details
- Heritage and a small Arts budget: No current geographical priorities
Some grants UK wide, others more local to SE England and West
The capital support is restricted to appeals that are within the last 20% of their target and for which support in the region of £5,000-£20,000 will make a difference, are not awaiting an outstanding lottery decision and include a realistic business plan showing how the building will be used and future revenue predictions.