The Laing Family Trusts are a group of four grant-making trusts with a Christian foundation.

The Laing Family Trusts

The Laing Family Trusts owe their origin to Sir John Laing, a devout Christian and founder of the international construction company. The company was involved in many pioneering projects, including the construction of the Second Severn Crossing. Successive generations of the Laing family have built on Sir John’s example of Christian philanthropy. The four grant-making trusts which are administered under the umbrella of the Laing Family Trusts are: the Beatrice Laing Trust, the Kirby Laing Foundation, the Martin Laing Foundation and the Maurice & Hilda Laing Charitable Trust.

Sir John’s Christian faith was the motivation for the company’s pioneering concern for the welfare of its staff. Today, the giving of the Laing Family Trusts reflects the values espoused by Sir John, seeking to:

  • promote Christian faith and values
  • care for those in need
  • encourage young people to realise their potential (especially, but not exclusively, in the field of science and engineering and through Christian youth activities)

The Laing Family Trusts’ logo, based on a bridge, reflects the Laing family’s roots in civil engineering. Support provided by the Trusts is intended to help build bridges between church and community, make connections between different faith communities, and reduce the divide between the advantaged and the disadvantaged.

To find out more about what we fund and the priority areas of giving of each of the four Trusts please click on the links below:

We are sad to announce that Sir Martin Laing, Chair of the Martin Laing Foundation and Trustee of the Beatrice Laing Trust, passed away on 27th December 2023, following a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and wider family. For more information on the life of Sir Martin, please click here.