The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.
QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of The Queen Mother. Since 1990 the Trust has awarded over £4 million to over 400 craftspeople aged between 17 and 58 for study, training and work experience.
Royal Warrant Holders Charity Fund
In addition to its principal charitable arm (QEST), the Royal Warrant Holders Association also operates a Charity Fund – the Members’ Charity – established in 1902 and rejuvenated in 2013. This exists to support the charitable endeavours of employees of Royal Warrant-holding companies. The Charity Fund makes grants, in the range of £500 to £2,000, to local charities with which employees of Royal Warrant holding companies are personally involved, and where the amounts given will make a real difference.
Twice a year, Royal Warrant holders who have given time to charitable work in their communities can apply for small donations to assist their chosen cause. All applications must be endorsed by a Grantee, but could support the charitable work of any employee at a Royal Warrant-holding company.
This Year's President's charity
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as well as on some inland waterways.
And the Royal Warrant Holders Charity Fund.