The Glasgow Eastern Merchants’ and Tradesmen’s Society (GEM) is a registered Scottish charity (Charity Number SC007864). The Society has undergone various stages of modernisation since its inception in the early 20th Century. It is our aim to improve quality of life and help people and communities in Scotland realise their potential.

The Society’s main purposes are:

  • the prevention or relief of poverty
  • the advancement of education
  • the advancement of citizenship or community development.

Today, GEM supports a wide variety of causes with our main focus on:

  • health and social change
  • the alleviation of poverty
  • breaking down barriers
  • broadening horizons
  • the arts
  • children and young people and
  • supporting young people’s access to: employment, training, support and mentoring and access to specialist and further education.

We hope that children and young people, elderly people as well as people with disabilities or health problems will benefit from our work. The Society makes grants, donations, loans, gifts or pensions to both individuals and to organisations

Applications for assistance

GEM will consider most applications for assistance. The Society has a particular focus on assisting people and causes based in the East End of Glasgow. We place a particular emphasis on assisting children from specific areas of Glasgow identified in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). Our main focus is on helping children the 20/40 SIMD areas of Glasgow who show great promise in sport, the arts and in further/extra-curricular education to achieve their goals. All that being said, beyond our express exclusions we are always open to giving an application a first consideration.

It is important to bear in mind the main funding of the Society strands when you ask us to assist you as a prospective applicant – whether you’re an individual or organisation.

You can view our main funding strands by visiting our funding page, Just click here.