The Lawson Trust

The Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust was created in 1980 by Tonbridge-based property businessman, Raymond Lawson, and his wife Blanche. When the couple died in the early 1980s they bequeathed the majority of the estate to the Trust. Since then, the Trust has supported a wide range of charitable causes from hospices to children's charities.

Our History

Who We Fund

Now known as The Lawson Trust we continue to focus our funding in the areas of Kent and Sussex whilst also having expanded our reach to national charities working with individuals and communities within Kent and Sussex. Priority is given to grassroots community organisations or national charities that engage with beneficiaries and volunteers in Kent and Sussex.

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A wide range of charitable activities will be considered for grants within five key funding priorities:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social & economic disadvantage

Funding Guidelines

There are three different funds originating from          The Lawson Trust.

1.The Lawson Trust: Supporting local and national charities which address the needs outlined in the trust's five funding priorities, with grants of £5,000 or more. Priority is given to projects that engage people in Kent and Sussex. To read more about our funding priorities, please click here. Contact us directly by email here..


2. The Lawson Endowment for Kent: The trust's grants programme supporting community organisations in the county of Kent through grants administered by the Kent Community Foundation (KCF). To read more about The Lawson Endowment for Kent and how to apply, please visit KCF's website here. For general enquiries and support please contact Kent Community Foundation on 01303 814500 or email:

3.The Lawson Endowment for Sussex: The trust's grant programme for grass roots organisations based in Sussex and administered by Sussex Community Foundation (SCF). To read more about The Lawson Endowment for Sussex and how to apply, please visit SCF's website here. For general enquiries and support please contact Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409440 or email:

Slide Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation “Since 2016, The Lawson Endowment for Kent has made a huge impact on the lives of local people and volunteers, benefiting many local communities across Kent and Medway. The Lawson’s generous donation will provide a lasting legacy for generations to come.” Slide The Lawson Trust Chairman, Philip Thomas "We know that the Lawsons would have wanted their legacy to work hard for local people in need. We are pleased to be partnering with Kent Community Foundation who can help us reach these grassroots groups, who so often operate out of the spotlight." Slide Charles Dickens The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

Covid-19 The Lawson Trust's response The Lawson Trust is not currently making grants in response to Covid-19. The trust has co-ordinated with Kent Community Foundation and Sussex Community Foundation to support these organisations with their emergency response to the crisis. Further updates may be provided on our website as the situation develops. KCF Emergency Coronavirus Fund SCF Sussex Crisis Fund Read More Lawson House The Lawson Trust awarded a grant to Rapport Housing & Care, a registered charity that provides care and housing to over 400 over 55s at various locations across the south east. The charity operates a number of supported homes, residential homes, extra care housing schemes and a domiciliary care service. The Lawson Trust funding has funded... Read More Coastal view from Hastings Endowment with Sussex Community Foundation The Lawson Trust is excited to announce an endowment collaboration with Sussex Community Foundation (SCF). We have entrusted SCF with a donation of £2.5 million which will be invested as an endowment for Sussex. Our fund with SCF will make grants in each of SCF’s three grant-making rounds and the first deadline for applications is Friday... Read More An encouraging story to begin 2018 with! Back in November I attended The GAP Project’s annual general meeting. As well as covering the formalities of the project’s operations it was an engaging celebration of the project’s achievements over the past year. Kent Community Foundation connected The Lawson Trust with this dynamic project in February 2017. The organisation plays an active role in the... Read More Spotlight on St George's Community Project St George’s Community Children’s Project One of the organisations recently funded through The Lawson Endowment for Kent is St George's Community Project, a wonderful example of how Kent Community Foundation connects The Lawson Trust to impactful grass roots organisations. Ellie Stewart, fundraising and development coordinator from St George's explains what the project is all about. "St George’s... Read More Serve On Changing Lives – The Lawson Trust by Martin Phillips Serve On is extremely grateful to the Trustees of The Lawson Trust for entering into a unique partnership with us to support our humanitarian international response work abroad. With the... Read More Most recent awards! May's trustee meeting saw another batch of amazing organisations receive funding from The Lawson Trust. Launch and recovery exercise of the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell 13-02. Breast Cancer Care British Polio Fellowship Chailey Heritage Foundation ClearVision Combat Stress Compaid Crossways Royal National Lifeboat Institution Fields in Trust Interact Let's Face... Read More February awards! February 2017 grant making The trustees met on 9th February to assess applications received between October and December 2016. A total of 21 grants were awarded, totaling £95,000, to some fantastic charities including Demelza Hospice, Coram Adoption Services and Music in Hospitals. Read on for the full list of grantees. Action for Sick Children Alzheimer's &... Read More
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