Livery Companies

Hello

I have just started an oral history project with one of the City of London livery companies and I'm looking to apply for an HLF grant. Has anyone in the community had any experience of funding applications for either livery companies, trade guilds or other non-standard organisations; we don't seem to really fit well into the usual boxes presented by the HLF.  We're not a charity, although we run a small charity, we're not quite a voluntary organisation although most postsholders are volunteers, we don't have a conventional constitution (our Royal Charter is from the 17th century), and so on.

Any ideas, thoughts, insights would be much appreciated.

Steve