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.


Students aged 16–24 at a Lytchett Minster School, a College of Further Education or University can have financial help towards the cost of their books, tools for their trade, or computer equipment as they start their training. The Lockyer’s Charity gives grants of up to £200 to young people who are, or have been students of Lytchett Minster School, or who live in the locality.

Applying for a grant

The trustees of the charity meet in the summer term to consider applications for grant assistance. Applications should be sent to the Clerk to the Trustees by the last day of May 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.

Typical grants

Grants are awarded to applicants who fulfil the criteria of this charitable trust, if they simply provide receipts or quotations of their purchases. It is not means-tested.

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