Sussex Community Foundation is delighted to announce that the Lawson Trust has entrusted us with a donation of £2.5 million which will be invested as an endowment for Sussex (where the interest on the investment is used to make grants, leaving the capital intact).
Raymond Lawson’s family ran an antiques business in Tonbridge, Kent. For many years, he continued the family business, while also establishing an estate agency and then a very successful property investment company. In 1980, Raymond and his wife created the Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust, born out of a desire to help people in need in local community. Both Raymond and Blanche died in the 1980s, bequeathing most of their estate to the trust,
Today, friends of the couple and descendants of their friends’ guide the work of the Trust, partnering with both Kent and Sussex Community Foundations to ensure that the Lawsons’ original charitable objectives are kept at the heart of what they do.
The Fund will make grants in each of our three grant-making rounds and the first deadline for applications is Friday 4th May 2018. Grants are to support charities and not-for-profit organisations in Sussex working across a wide range of areas, include older people, children and young people, health and disability, disadvantage, arts and culture. For more information on how to apply for a grant, visit our Apply page.