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Lockyer’s Charity

A Dorset landowner named Richard Lockyer, through his will of 1730, bequeathed some of his assets to benefit young people under the age of 25 who are in apprenticeships, further education or training. Lockyer’s Charity, set up after his death, has been making grants to local young people ever since.


Applicants must live in Upton or Lytchett Minster, be aged between 18 and 24 and be articled apprentices, trainees, or students.

Applying for a grant

The trustees of the charity meet three times a year (in February, June and November) to consider applications for grant assistance. Applications should be sent to the Clerk to the Trustees by the last day of the previous month (i.e. by the last day of January, May or October) to be considered at the next trustees’ meeting. Applications must include relevant receipts for the items purchased or the expenditure incurred (or quotations) and must be made on the application form with full information about the purpose for which assistance is being sought.

Grants of up to £350 per applicant are offered at the present time. Students continuing in their studies for a fourth year may apply for a second grant of up to £150. The trustees may agree in principle to support an applicant’s request without necessarily meeting the full amount applied for, depending on the funds at their disposal at that time and the number of applications received. If they consider it necessary, the trustees may communicate with the applicant’s employer or college in order to decide on the applicability of a grant.

Typical grants

This is not an exhaustive list, but shows representative examples of grants that have recently been approved towards the costs of:

  • apprentice’s tools
  • protective clothing
  • books
  • college course materials
  • laptops and tablets
  • equipment and materials for a health and beauty course
  • equipment for a food hygiene course
  • uniform required for a vocational course
  • daily travel to college by bus and train