Hilgay charity calls for grant applications

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Residents of two villages near Downham are being urged to apply for a new set of grants provided by a charity that is more than 300 years old.

The Hilgay Feoffee Charity, which was established in the early 18th century, is offering what it describes as “modern apprenticeship” grants to support training and education programmes.

The scheme is open to anyone living in the parish of Hilgay, which also includes the village of Ten Mile Bank.

It offers financial contributions towards the purchase of tools, books, equipment or uniform required for starting work, apprenticeships, training schemes or higher education programmes.

Previous grant awards have been used to fund safety equipment for a motor mechanic or university text books.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must have been on a course or in training for at least three months and need to be able to show they are making satisfactory progress in their programmes.

Previous applicants can also re-apply in order to continue their studies.

The charity was established in 1701 through the will of the Rev. Nicholas Spencer and is administered by trustees drawn from within the local community.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing hilgay.feoffees@aol.com. The closing date for submissions is June 30.

The candidates will then be considered at the next trustees’ meeting, which is due to take place in early July.