Artistsí General Benevolent Fund
The British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) supports the AGBI, a charity for stained glass and other artists and designers. The AGBI is one of the oldest charities in the United Kingdom; it was founded by Turner in the year before Waterloo. It is the only charity run by artists for artists. Any professional artist or art teacher can apply for help if they have earned all or the major part of their living from art and cannot work or earn because of illness, old age or accident, either temporarily or long term. Widows and orphaned children of artists are likewise eligible. Assistance is given as a grant for 1 year at a time. All information relating to applicants and any help given is strictly confidential.
The AGBI is run by a Council and Stewards representing approximately 30 societies. Funds for grants come through donations, legacies and investment, and about a third of the total through the Stewards, who give their time each year to raise funds. Jane Campbell FMGP is the AGBI Steward for the BSMP. Contact her through the Secretary.