We are a registered charity that administers a fund built up to make regular payments and grants to persons of limited means.

150 years and counting

The Charity was established by the will of the late Catherine Wright in 1868 as ‘Wright’s Institution’ and was incorporated along with all its subsidiary funds by Royal Charter in 1914 as The Liverpool Merchants’ Guild. One of the objects of this was to grant pensions to persons who had been unable to make adequate provision for their declining years.

In 2006 a revised Royal Charter was granted to reflect the change in the structure of society and administrative procedures that had taken place since the original Charter. A copy is attached here:



Today, Liverpool Merchants’ Guild supports approximately 300 individuals, assessed as being in financial hardship, through regular payments of varying amounts ranging from £100 to £6,000 per annum.


Liverpool Merchants’ Guild Trustees:

R.J. Carter, S.T Chapple-Gill, G. Ferrigno, A.T. Morris, L. Downey, D. Bailey, K. Head, C. Lewis-Jones & W.M.T. Roberts

WHO we help

Find out if you are eligible to apply for funding or a grant from the Liverpool Merchants’ Guild by answering a few simple questions.

HOW we help

The Liverpool Merchants’ Guild can award money to help with general day-to-day living expenses or one-off payments to improve your living conditions.

HOW to apply

Applications can be made in three straightforward stages. Have a look at our ‘walkthrough’ – it’s the first step in improving your quality of life or that of someone you know.