What we fund

The Lawson Trust’s five key funding priorities are:

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

Organisations which can best demonstrate engagement at community level within the areas of Kent and Sussex will always be a priority for the trustees.

The Lawson Trust does not support:

  • Individuals
  • Non registered charities
  • Overseas charities
  • Political parties
  • Endeavours to promote religion
The Lawson Trust - Where We Fund

Where we fund

The trustees are always keen to direct funds towards the counties of Kent and Sussex where the founders of the trust lived and worked. The trust also supports national charities which can direct their support to Kent and Sussex or have beneficiaries in these counties. The trust does not support charities which are neither local or national, for example a charity which operates solely in Southampton would not be eligible.

Who we fund

The trust supports smaller grass roots charities with running costs, which we refer to as ‘ongoing activities’ on our application form. However the trustees are unlikely to support large national charities with overheads, preferring to devote funds to a specific project or intervention. The trust operates an open outlook on the organisations it supports and we would encourage you to contact Hayley Corker, the trust’s grants officer, if you are unsure about making an application (enquiries@lawsontrust.co.uk.)

The Lawson Trust provides single payment grants over a one-year period to registered charities, including those registered as a company limited by guarantee and charitable incorporated organisations. We do not make grants in response to applications received in the form of general appeals or mail shots. The average grant amount is £5,000. The trustees do award larger grants to organisations they have granted previously. Please contact the grants officer (enquiries@lawsontrust.org) to discuss potential grant applications of over £8,000.

For charities which operate nationally or are outside of the criteria for applying to Kent Community Foundation and Sussex Community Foundation please follow the online application process. For Kent and Sussex based charities it is advisable to contact our grants officer (enquiries@lawsontrust.org) before applying online.

Applicants in Kent & Sussex

Lawson Endowment for KentFor applicants based in Kent seeking grants we work in partnership with Kent Community Foundation, having set up the Lawson Endowment for Kent, to connect with causes local to Kent. Therefore, please could you refer to the Kent Community Foundation’s website for information on how you can apply to this fund. 
http://www.kentcf.org.uk/apply/kcf-funds/lawson-endowment-for-kent

For applicants based in Sussex with an income of under £1 million we have an endowment with Sussex Community Foundation, to connect with causes local to Sussex. Please refer to the Sussex Community Foundation’s website for information on applying for a grant.
http://sussexgiving.org.uk/apply-for-grants/how-it-works

See Who We’ve Helped

How to Apply

The Trust does not consider unsolicited funding applications. Please follow our online application process outlined here.

Apply here

Before applying please read the Who We Fund section on this page, ensuring that none of the exclusions apply to your charity.

Complete the eligibility checker by clicking on the link below. You will only be able to submit an application if the eligibility checker indicates that your organisation is eligible.

You will be provided with a link to the online application form. Please note that we only accept applications via the online form. Please contact Hayley, the grants officer, via email (enquiries@lawsontrust.co.uk) if you have any questions about the form.

The Lawson Trust accepts applications all year round and meets four times a year. 

Applications received between 20 October 2018 and 5pm on 31 January 2019 will be considered at our meeting on 14 February 2019.

The outcome of your application will be communicated within two weeks of the meeting.


We will inform you if your application was successful within two weeks of the meeting date. Unfortunately we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications.