Established 1621

How to apply


The Charity of William Williams
A grant making Charity established in 1621


We are able to consider requests for grants from from individuals resident in the Postcode areas of  DT11 7.. , DT10 1.. (some locations in DT10 2..) and SP7 8.. who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. In addition, to assist persons in or entering any trade & profession or education. 

If we are able to help then we aim to provide goods or services direct to an applicant. We do not award cash grants.

Please click a link that is relevant for the application you wish to make

General Relief in Need application
Educational application
Applications from Organisations



General Relief in Need

Applicants should write in the first instance either to the
office address or direct to one of the local town administrative trustees

Initial Letters from Social Services, GP's, Citizen's Advice Bureaux, Healthcare Workers , Lifestyle or similar organisations are acceptable.

The letter should include the following details. 


  • Name / current address / telephone number / email (if preferred) of the applicant
  • Length of residence in the relevant town (previous place of residence if less than a year)
  • Some Personal background / circumstances information
  • Reason for applying
  • Financial circumstances including income and main expenditure and whether or not an applicant is in receipt of benefits. Note: evidence of income will be required.

Upon receipt of your application the Town Trustee will arrange to meet with you to discuss your application. Please note the Charity does not award cash grants.


Please note: Unfortunately, the Charity is unable to award grants for debt or for rent / morgage arrears.

Educational Application


Please note there is an annual cut of date in September which is stated on the Application forms, however Trustees may consider applications outside of that time frame in cases of need.


 To qualify for an educational grant an applicant must be a permanent resident in one of the three towns (literally the footprint of each town and not the periphery villages) mentioned above, and preferably have lived there for a minimum of one year.  The enclosed Forms ‘A’ and ‘B’ must also be completed and Trustees must be satisfied that the applicant who is “preparing for, entering upon or engaged in any trade occupation or profession......” is doing so with the aim  “as will fit them to earn their own living or advance them in life”. 

Due to the increased number of applications from the three towns and the finite nature of the funds available to the Charity, the Trustees found it necessary, from 2008, to require parental income to be taken into account.  Therefore those students whose parental/household annual income exceeds  £35,000 net per annum will not generally be considered eligible in the future.

Subject to receipt of Form A (completed by the student) and Form B (completed by the student’s parent or guardian) before the deadline, a Trustee from the town in which the student resides will meet with them to discuss their application.  Any award will be advised post the Full Board of Trustees meeting held in September each year.

To apply please complete the appropriate form ‘A’ and ‘B’ for your town and send together with a covering letter giving information about your education, background and yourself  preferably direct to that particular town Trustees or to the Charity’s office (contact us page)


Student Form (A)


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Parent / Guardian Form (B)


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 Note: The above forms require Adode Acrobat - if you are unable to save or view the forms please download Acrobat from here



Applications from Organisations

Trustees will only be able to consider applications from organisations with offices based within the footprints of one of the three towns of Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton or Shaftesbury who give assistance to individuals who are resident therein which falls within the remit of the Charity’s aims.


Please write in the first instance to the address on the (Contact us page) advising of the reason for the application and giving information about your organisation (a leaflet for example is always helpful), in particular the type of assistance given to local residents.  It would also be helpful to provide financial details of your organisation.  Trustees will need to be assured that the organisation is sound and may require sight of the last audited accounts, for example, should the grant application be considered by the Board of Trustees.


The Clerk to the Trustees or a Town Trustee will liaise with your organisation prior to your application being put to the next appropriate Board of Trustees’ meeting.