The Kirby Laing Foundation
The Kirby Laing Foundation was established in 1972 by Sir Kirby Laing. The Foundation supports a wide range of charities both in the UK and abroad, reflecting his personal interests and concerns and those of the Trustees. Areas of particular interest to the Trustees include:
- promotion of the evangelical Christian faith
- education, with a particular interest in the promotion of science and engineering, and youth development
- medical research, with a particular emphasis on dementia and stroke
- social/medical welfare projects, particularly those benefitting elderly and disabled people
- preservation of cultural/environmental heritage and improving access to the arts for young people and the disabled (projects of national importance only)
- overseas development projects
In 2011 the Foundation made 119 grants totalling £5,257,019, although this did include three exceptional grants of £2million to the University of Cambridge, £1million to the IFES Trust and £600,000 (first instalment of a grant of £1.8million) to the University of Oxford. This signalled the beginning of a planned programme of spend out, during which the Trustees will be looking to identify a small number of partners, working within their priority areas of interest, in whom a significant investment on the part of the Foundation might make a real and lasting difference. Applicants should note access to these funds will be by invitation only, although the Foundation’s reactive small grants programme will continue.
David Eric Laing (Chairman)
Rev. Charles Edward Burch
Lady Mary Isobel Laing
Charity Number: 264299
The Foundation's latest annual report and accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission's website.