William Dudley was a merchant and jeweller with premises in St. Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter in Hockley, Birmingham. In 1875, a year before his death, he founded the William Dudley Trust with a gift of £100,000. He is buried in St. Paul's Church churchyard, as is his son.
The area of benefit for applications for all Grants and Bursaries is within the administrative boundaries of the City of Birmingham.
Grants and bursaries are awarded at the discretion of Trustees to published criteria. There are four main areas of benefit. In accordance with William Dudley’s wishes, the income secured from investments is applied in the following order of priority: