The BDCI (Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution) is the meat industry's own trade charity. It exists to provide support for those who work, or have previously worked, in the meat industry but have fallen on hard times, regardless of their circumstances. Widows, dependants and children may also be eligible for assistance.

Help is given in two ways:

  • One-off grants to help towards a major expense
  • Assistance towards fees in a residential or nursing home

Applications for Assistance

The charity's rules state that assistance may be given only to those persons, or their widows, widowers, partners or dependent children, who are, or have been connected with the meat trade within the UK and Ireland.

Applications are considered at the bi-monthly BDCI Grants Committee Meeting. To apply for assistance, applicants must provide evidence of their connection with the meat trade as well as financial details, including any income they and their partner receive.

Applicants must have been connected with the trade for a reasonable length of time. This is deemed to be a minimum of 10 years ending within the last preceding 20 years.

Applications for Assistance
PDF Click here to download an application form.

A summary of the information required from applicants is below.

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Details of other person(s) residing with the applicant
  • Presence of children
  • Connection with the meat trade
  • Financial details; income for both the applicant and his or her partner
  • Details of the applicant's ownership of their own business (if applicable)
  • Weekly expenditure
  • Type of assistance sought i.e. financial, nursing or residential care

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Registered Charity No: 1155703 A Private Limited Company registered in England and Wales No: 8880818