It is a charitable trust which distributes grants to any individual who lives in the Highgate area of London (see below) and who is, for whatever reason, in need of financial assistance, for example through mental or physical disability or through other family or household circumstances that result in the lack of some basic necessity.
Grants are usually in the region of £200 - £400 per application. Typically grants cover household items such as baby necessities, furniture, carpets, washing machines, cookers or clothing. The trust makes about 85 grants per year.
All applicants MUST live within the area shown on the local plan. You can also check whether you live in the area by referring to the list of street names - although remember that not all homes on every street are eligible.
By filling in the application form (see below) and sending it to the clerk to the trustees as shown on the form. Please also note that you should also EITHER
- Send a supporting statement from the Social Services or other recognised state or voluntary organisation or professional (e.g. GP) with the application
- If you cannot provide such a supporting statement, send documentary evidence of your entitlement to income support, housing benefit or other statutory benefit with the application.
- Grants are usually paid to the referring agency or supplier of the goods and not to the applicant direct.
- We are not an educational charity and only in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of trustees, are grants made for educational or recreational circumstances or for debt relief.
- It is not usual for an individual or family to receive more than one grant in a year.
- We are an Equal Opportunities organisation and do not discriminate against any group or person.
Lady Gould’s Charity was founded in 1691 by Elizabeth Gould, who was a resident of Highgate in North London. The charity first came in to operation on the death of her husband in 1728. Every year since then, the Trust’s income has been distributed as grants to “inhabitants of the town and village of Highgate” who are in need. There are three trustees. The charity is registered with the Charity Commission under number 234978.