Bishop Laney died on 24th January 1674, bequesting his estate into a charitable trust. The present day income from this trust must be applied in fulfilling the following objects:-
In providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries on leaving school, university or other educational establishment to prepare for or assist their entry into a profession, trade or calling,
In awarding exhibitions or grants tenable to any secondary school, college, education, university or other institution of further (including professional and technical) education,
In otherwise promoting the education (including social and physical training) of beneficiaries.
"Beneficiaries", means persons under the age of 25 years, who are resident in the parishes of Ely, Soham or their neighbouring villages within the county of Cambridgeshire.
A typical grant for University would be £250 in the first year and £150 in subsequent years though this may be varied depending on the specific course and its needs. Those people entering an apprenticeship as perhaps a hairdresser, electrician, carpenter or plumber will be eligible for £600 over the period of their apprenticeship.
The day to day administration of the charity is handled by the secretary, Richard Tyler, at Whiting & Partners' Ely Office. All decisions on payment of grants are made by the six trustees, collectively, who meet approximately four times a year.
If you feel you may be eligible either Telephone: 01353 662595 and ask for Richard or Barbara and you will be sent an application form.
Alternatively you can download an application form from:-
Replies must be handwritten as attachments are necessary.