About us

The objectives of The Edgar E Lawley Foundation are for general charitable purposes with particular reference to medicine, to necessitous elderly persons, and to educational purposes with reference to the arts, commerce and industry.

Its area of benefit is undefined within the United Kingdom but traditionally the Foundation has given particular assistance to smaller charities in the West Midlands area. The Foundation will not consider applications for grants from and on behalf of private individuals. The Foundation’s preference is to award unrestricted grants to smaller charities and not for profit organisations.

Applicants should be aware that typically the Foundation receives approximately 500 applications per year for grants but in a normal year can only fund approximately 160 of them. Applications are made by the Foundation’s on-line grant application system and no other information is required to be submitted.

In recent years the current annual grants programme has amounted to approximately £240,000 per annum with a typical grant being in the region of £1,500 per successful applicant. Applicants will appreciate that because of the Covid-19 pandemic the year 2020/21 is likely to be a difficult year and at the current time it is impossible to judge the resources that will be available to the Foundation to disburse in grants in 2020/21. The next grant round, for 2020/21, will commence as planned on 1 August 2020 and remain open until 31 October 2020. The Foundation’s trustees remain committed to maximising their support to applicants consistent with safeguarding the long term financial stability of the Foundation.

Decisions on the 2020/21 grant applications will be made in January 2021.

All grant applicants are required to complete the Foundation’s  Grant Application Form which can be completed online from Grant Application Form page of this website.

Please read the guidance instructions associated with the Grant Application Form, accessed from the menu page of this website, prior to submission. Incorrect or false applications may have to be rejected.