The Kirby Laing Foundation was established in 1972 by Sir Kirby Laing, with the intention that both income and capital should be applied, at the Trustees’ discretion, for general charitable purposes.
The Trustees' primary areas of giving are:
In recent years the Trustees have made a decision to spend down the Foundation’s capital endowment over a five year period commencing in 2018. In order to achieve this they will be running a two strand grant-making programme:
The Foundation continues to be open to unsolicited applications as part of a smaller grants programme which will continue to run alongside a spend down programme. Applications for grants will be considered in the primary areas of giving outlined above. It is anticipated that most grants awarded will be in the region of £2,000 to £20,000.
This will be a proactive programme, focussed on specific themes identified from within the broader areas outlined above. Applications are by invitation only and we anticipate working primarily with charities with whom we already have a working relationship. Grants may be made towards capital projects, programme development costs or endowment / capacity building for future sustainability; grants will not be made towards core costs, the delivery of ongoing projects or to individuals. Currently identified themes, reflecting the interests of the founder, are:
1. Promotion of the Evangelical Christian Faith:
2. Education & Youth Development – STEM Education
3. Medical Welfare and Research – Education & Welfare in Ageing
4. Performing Arts – Developing Talent
5. Overseas Development Projects
The Foundation's latest annual report and accounts provide examples of recent grants. (Please note that the link will open a new window on the Charity Commission of England & Wales website)
David Eric Laing (Chairman)
Rev. Charles Edward Burch
Frederick Terence Wyndham Weller Lewis