Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust

Grant Policy

The charitable objects of the Trust are to pay the income and, in so far as the Trustees think fit, the capital to such charitable bodies or for such purposes as shall be exclusively charitable as the Trustees may from time to time decide.

Please note that the Trust does not fund individuals or expeditions.

Grants are awarded twice a year and the total level of grants annually is approximately £80,000. Grants are generally made as single payments between £1,000 and £5,000.

The existing policy clearly identifies Northern Ireland and South Africa as geographical areas of interest with UK grants otherwise tending to be London-centric. The grants in Northern Ireland are not restricted by particular categories but rather by the Trustees’ perception of need; this remains so in South Africa as well where many of the grants still reflect the particular interests of Lord, and particularly, Lady Lurgan. In the U.K. the grants have a bias towards

  • Music and arts education and participation
  • Deafness and other disabilities
  • The elderly
  • Medical relief including hospice support, and
  • Medical research

and reflect the charitable objects stated in the Original Trust Deed.

South Africa grants

Applications are accepted for our South Africa grants programme once a year for our May deadline only. Please email Talita Laubscher at Bowman Gilfillan LLP first, to check your eligibility: talita.laubscher@bowmanslaw.com

Please note that we will not consider applications that have not been recommended by Talita.


The annual Lurgan Junior Ballet Bursary was awarded in perpetuity to the Durban Dance Foundation in the 1970s and is still contested annually at the National Creative Arts Youth Festival. The Lurgan Opera Bursary's first recipient was Stella Beder, whom Lord and Lady Lurgan both coached in various operatic and oratorio roles. In 2008 the Trust decided to augment the Durban Dance Foundation's Lurgan Junior Ballet Bursary set up by Lady Lurgan.

The Lord and Lady Lurgan Junior Fellowship

The Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust funds a junior fellowship in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. The current recipient of the scholarship is Bradley Wood

The Trust receives more applications than it has funds to support. In many cases it may not be possible to make grants for projects within the funding priorities.

Previous Recipients of the Junior Fellowship


Bradley Wood, piano
Website: rcm.ac.uk


Bradley Wood, piano
Website: rcm.ac.uk


Dylan Perez, piano
Website: dylanjohnperez.com


Hamish Brown, piano
Website: hamishbrown.org


John Cuthbert, piano
Twitter: @Cuthbertpiano


John Cuthbert, piano


Chad Vindin, piano
Website: chadvindin.com


Ian Tindale, piano
Website: iantindale.com


David Smith, piano
Website: davidsmith.pianoaccompanists.com


Joseph Middleton, piano
Website: www.josephmiddleton.com


Vasco Hexel, composer
Website: www.vascohexel.com/Welcome.html


O Duo, percussion duo
Website: oduo.co.uk


The Thorne Trio, wind trio
Website: thethornetrio.co.uk


Bronte String Quartet
Website: www.arcpublications.co.uk/ymf/perform/bronte.htm


Christian Immler, baritone
Website: www.christianimmler.com/biog.html


Grant Doyle, baritone
Website: www.grantdoyle.com