Welcome to

The William Dudley Trust

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:

Closing dates for grant applications 2021:


14th May (For Trustees' June meeting)

22nd October (For Trustees' November meeting)


From 1st November 2017 all applications for grants from the William Dudley Trust should be made via an application form, available to download here. Details of how to apply for a grant can be found on the 'Grants to Charities' page of this website.


The William Dudley Trust does not fund general appeals.

All requests for funding should be for a specific amount and purpose.

If applying please state how the specified money will be spent.

The William Dudley Trust

supports good causes in partnership with:


The William Dudley Trust would like it to be known that it does not own and has no connection with the domain name "www.williamdudleytrust.org.uk".

The Trust has no association with nor any responsibility for any website using that domain name.



©The William Dudley Trust is a Registered Charity No. 214752

    The William Dudley Trust

Established 1875                                                                                                                                                 Reg. Charity No. 214752

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic there may be a delay in processing and awarding grant applications submitted to the William Dudley Trust during 2021

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