The Laing Family Trusts support a wide range of charities engaged in promoting Christian faith and values and in the relief of poverty (interpreted in its broadest sense), both in the UK and overseas.

Potential applicants should read the information provided about each individual Trust for further information regarding their specific areas of interest.

Overview of the Trusts


Beatrice Laing Trust

The Beatrice Laing Trust was established in 1952 by Sir John Laing. Its focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad.

Financial support is given to a wide range of charities working to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas.

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The Kirby Laing Foundation

The Kirby Laing Foundation was established in 1972 by Sir Kirby Laing. The Foundation supports a wide range of charities both in the UK and abroad; reflecting his personal interests and concerns and those of the Trustees. These include education, social and medical welfare projects, overseas development and the promotion of the evangelical Christian faith.

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Maurice and Hilda Laing Charitable Trust

The Maurice & Hilda Laing Charitable Trust was established in 1996 by Sir Maurice and Lady Hilda Laing. The Trust has a specifically Christian focus and most grants are made through faith-based organisations. The Trustees have identified three main areas of giving:

  • Advancement of Christian religion
  • Relief of poverty in the UK
  • Relief of poverty overseas

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The Martin Laing Foundation

The Martin Laing Foundation was established in 1979 by Sir Martin Laing, a grandson of Sir John Laing. Areas of particular interest include environmental and conservation work, small community projects benefiting disadvantaged young people or the elderly and infirm, and Norfolk-based activities. A small number of grants are made to overseas projects, particularly in Malta and Thailand.

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Please visit the Applying For Funding page for full details of the application procedure. The basic process is as follows: