The Lawson Endowment for Kent
The Lawson Endowment for Kent is the small grants programme of The Lawson Charitable Trust. This programme supports community organisations specifically within the county of Kent, including Medway.
The Lawson Charitable Trust was created in 1980 by Tonbridge-based property businessman, Raymond Lawson, and his wife Blanche. When they died in the early 1980’s they bequeathed the majority of their estate to the Trust. Since then, the Trust has supported a wide range of charitable causes from hospices to children’s charities (click here to see a full list of grants made from the Trust). The Trust has increased its support to local community groups through the creation of the Lawson Endowment for Kent, administered by Kent Community Foundation.
Grants (typically up to £5,000) are available to charities and community groups addressing genuine need in the local community – for instance, those supporting socially isolated elderly people, creating opportunities for vulnerable families and young people or assisting those furthest from the workplace to find meaningful employment. Priority is given to projects that engage local people, especially local volunteers. Given the provenance of the funds, projects relating to homelessness and/or housing are particularly welcomed.
Applications to this Fund should be made through KCF’s Themed Programmes:
• Children, Young People & Families
• Elderly & Isolated Adults
• Vulnerable Adults
• Employment, Skills & Enterprise
Applications are welcomed throughout the year with decisions made by the panel at quarterly meetings. Click here to read more about the Themed Programmes and apply.